Online Collection

Notecard about Ruby trial juror Aileen Shields from the DA's Ruby file

Object Number: L2017.1.63
Category: Documents
Type of Object: Notecard
Dimensions: 3 × 4 15/16 in. (7.6 × 12.5 cm)
Description
Notecard with information compiled by the Dallas County District Attorney's Office about Aileen Shields, who was selected to serve on the Jack Ruby trial jury.

(Ms. Shields's name is misspelled on the card.)

The white unlined notecard has text typed in black:

"No. 167

AILLEEN [sic] B. SHIELDS, [address], Dallas,
Texas, Approximately 58, DOB unknown,
Born Celeste, Texas, divorced

Educated in Greenville, Texas. Employed by
Southwestern Bell Telephone in Engineering
Dept. since 1937. No military record.
Trade satisfactory. No suits or judgments.
No dependents."

This object was originally part of the evidence collected by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and specifically prosecutors Henry Wade and Bill Alexander during the investigation leading up to the Jack Ruby trial for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Curator's Notes

Aileen Shields, Juror #11 in the Ruby trial, passed away in March 1971 at the age of sixty-five. This card indicates that her date of birth was unknown to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office in 1964. However, their age estimate of fifty-eight was absolutely correct. Ms. Shields was born on August 30, 1905, making her fifty-eight years old at the time of the Ruby trial. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

In order to ensure its long-term care and preservation and to facilitate public access, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office placed their Jack Ruby Trial Collection (sometimes referred to as "the DA's Jack Ruby file") on long-term loan with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in 2017. The Museum is working to make the entire collection accessible through this online collections database. To find out more about this collection or to access materials not yet included here, contact the Museum's Reading Room at readingroom@jfk.org. - Megan Bryant, Director of Collections & Interpretation

This item, along with materials from the DA's Ruby file (which is on loan to the Museum) and from the Museum's permanent collection, briefly appeared in a temporary display on the Museum's seventh floor in 2017. - Lindsey Richardson, Curator of Collections

All requests for permission to reproduce, publish or broadcast materials in this collection must be submitted to the Museum's registrar, using the Rights & Reproductions Request Form. Inquiries may be sent to registrar@jfk.org.