Online Collection
  • Media File

Vivian Castleberry's reporter's notebook from November 22, 1963

Object Number: 1991.002.0001
Category: Documents
Type of Object: Notebook
Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 5/8 in. (23.5 x 12.1 x 1.6 cm)
Description
Eighteen page green Steno notebook used by Dallas Times Herald reporter/editor Vivian Castleberry. The notebook has a spiral binding at the top edge; most pages in the notebook are only written on one side, though some have writing on both sides of the page.

The notes at the beginning of the notebook are about Jacqueline Kennedy, her previous speeches, and her appearance and voice. There are then notes describing the decor at the Trade Mart ahead of the luncheon, lists of table seating order and luncheon attendees and the appearance of the attendees.

On page 6 of the notebook are the notes "Press bursts through East door" and "Faces stark...drawn-" from the moment when news of the assassination first reached the Trade Mart. The notes on the following pages cover how the news was shared with the crowd by Erik Jonsson, a prayer led by Luther Holcomb, reactions of people present, drafts of sentences for Ms. Castleberry's articles, and people's names and addresses.

Pages 14 and 15 have notes, based on a briefing by pool reporter Sid Davis, on the circumstances and people present in Air Force One when President Johnson took the oath of office.

The last few pages have notes and quotes about President Johnson and hopes for the country in the future.
Curator's Notes

A distinguished local journalist and award-winning women's news editor at The Dallas Times Herald, Castleberry always carried a reporter's notebook with her on assignment. Once a notebook was filled to capacity, it was typically discarded. This particular notebook from the weekend of the Kennedy assassination is the only one that Castleberry saved from her long career in journalism. - Stephen Fagin, 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 registrar@jfk.org.