Online Collection

Don Archer Oral History

Object Number: 2002.001.0008
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Don Archer
Oral history interviewer: Gary Mack
Oral history interviewer: Stephen Fagin
Oral history interviewer: Arlinda Abbott
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 61 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Videotaped oral history interview with Don Archer. A Dallas police auto theft detective assigned to the Trade Mart during President Kennedy's visit, Mr. Archer later witnessed Jack Ruby shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald and interviewed Ruby that afternoon. Shortly after Oswald died, Archer informed Ruby that he was going to be charged with murder. Archer testified at Ruby's trial in 1964.

Interview conducted at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on March 11, 2001 by Curator Gary Mack, Associate Curator Stephen Fagin, and Arlinda Abbott. The interview is one hour and one minute long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

Mr. Archer passed away April 26, 2014. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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