Curated Collection

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963 devastated the nation and stunned the world.  Fifty years later, President Kennedy is being remembered with exhibits, books, films, and other commemorative events being held around the world and on the Internet.  But what happened to the Kennedys that day is only part of the story.  Also shot was Texas Governor John Connally, who eventually recovered from his injuries.  And while the nation and world mourned, many Texans, and especially citizens of Dallas, were left to grapple with deep-seated feelings of responsibility, horror, and shame that such an event was perpetrated on their own soil.

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image offers a view of the event from a singular perspective: that of Texans themselves.  Recounted through materials contained in the archive’s stacks, this collection presents the story as seen through the eyes of Texans who experienced it firsthand.

Included in the collection is TAMI-exclusive footage of Texas Governor John Connally giving his own, very personal account of November 22, 1963, as well as newsreels and home movies made in the immediate aftermath of the assassination, and documentaries and interviews produced years and decades later.

More footage of John Connally and other assassination related videos can be found in our JFK Assassination Category