Online Collection

Pierce Allman Oral History

Object Number: 1995.043.0028
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Pierce Allman
Oral history interviewer: Wes Wise
Oral history interviewer: Bob Porter
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 116 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum
Videotaped oral history interview with Pierce Allman. A radio reporter for WFAA, he was standing in Dealey Plaza, on the southwest corner of Elm and Houston streets, when shots were fired at the preisdent. Allman was one of the first media representatives to go inside the Texas School Book Depository after the assassination. As Allman entered the building, he is believed to have encountered Lee Harvey Oswald leaving the building.

Interview conducted at Mr. Allman's home on November 30, 1995, by Wes Wise and Bob Porter. The interview is one hour and fifty-six 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

Pierce Allman has been a longtime friend to The Sixth Floor Museum.  Since the opening of The Sixth Floor exhibition in February 1989, Pierce has served as the narrator of the audio guide to the sixth floor.  In fact, as part of a last minute rush to get the exhibition open in time, Allman recorded his full narration on February 2, 1989, and it was mixed, edited, and in final form - originally on audio cassette tape - around two weeks later for exhibit previews. Pierce's voice continued to guide visitors through the Museum as the original tour evolved with technology, from tape to MP3 devices. Remarkably, more than twenty-three years later, Pierce returned to voice all new narration for the enhanced audio guide to the sixth floor that premiered in Fall 2012. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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