Online Collection

Jack Daniel Oral History Program

Object Number: 2008.001.0021
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Jack W. Daniel
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 31 Minutes
Medium: DVD-R
Videotaped oral history program titled "Eyewitness to History: Jack Daniel." Daniel was standing on the west side of the triple underpass with his home movie camera and captured the motorcade on film seconds after the assassination took place. He returned to Dealey Plaza later that weekend to take film of the flowers and memorial tributes left by mourners and also to show a wider view of where he and his sons were standing at the time of the assassination.

Program conducted at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on April 8, 2008. The program is thirty-one minutes 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

In addition to this public program, Mr. Daniel recorded a videotaped oral history on February 11, 1997, and participated in a group interview with other Dealey Plaza eyewitnesses on November 22, 1996.

The Museum's 2008 "Eyewitness to History" series was an opportunity for the amateur filmmakers who captured home movies of President Kennedy's visit to Dallas to share their stories with the public.  Between February and June 2008, five filmmakers participated in this unique series, which coincided with the special seventh floor exhibition, Filming Kennedy: Home Movies from Dallas (November 2007 - October 2008). - Stephen Fagin, Associate Curator      

Jack's short film of the Kennedy motorcade came to the attention of the House Select Committee on Assassinations in late 1978 after one of his sons told a Denver Post reporter about it and word eventually got to the Committee.  Since the film surfaced so late during the investigation, the HSCA recommended that the FBI should examine it.  It's not clear what, if anything, was done.  The film, made from west of the triple underpass outside Dealey Plaza, begins about 15 seconds after the shooting ended so it shows nothing of the assassination. - Gary Mack, Curator

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