JFK Assassination Records

Donated Papers of Clay Shaw


Background on the Clay Shaw Papers

On March 1, 1967, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison arrested prominent New Orleans business man Clay Shaw and charged him with conspiring to kill President John Kennedy. Two years later, a jury acquitted Shaw. The family of Clay Shaw donated his papers to the National Archives. The records, totaling 12.5 cubic feet, date from 1952 to 1975, and consist of financial and personal papers, as well as copies of his journal, various manuscripts, photographs, and newspaper and magazine clippings relating to his trial and acquittal.

For questions about these records or copying information, please write to the Special Access and FOIA Staff at the National Archives at College Park, Room 6350, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, or call at (301) 837-3190.


Folder Title List



Box List
Volume: 12.5 feet


Box 1:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1963.
Box 2:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1964.
Box 3:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1965.
Box 4:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1966 through 1967.
Box 5:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1967 through 1968.
Box 6:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1969.
Box 7:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1972 through 1974.
Box 8:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1972 through 1974.
Box 9:
  • Receipts of debts paid, deposit slips, and assorted other papers dealing with Shaw's personal finances for the year 1972 through 1974.
Box 10:
  • Financial ledgers, 1952 through 1968.
Box 11:
  • Financial ledgers, 1966 through 1973.
Box 12:
  • Journal Entries.
Box 13:
  • Manuscripts.
Box 14: Box 15:
  • Papers sent by or pertaining to Edward F. Wegmann.
Box 16:
  • Miscellaneous papers consisting of personal correspondence and assorted other materials, including date and address books and passports.
Box 17:
  • Miscellaneous papers consisting of personal correspondence and speeches.
Box 18:
  • Miscellaneous papers consisting of personal correspondence and assorted other materials, including date and address books and passports.
Box 19:
  • Photographs (assorted, most without captions).
Boxes 20 through 23:
  • Assorted magazines and newspaper articles.
Bulky:
  • One bundle of newspaper clipping.
  • One voucher ledger, 1969
  • One scrapbook of photographs and clippings.

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