Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Oval Office Tapes - Where are they today?

Gene Morris, 


It has come to my attention from this video tape that President Kennedy had a dictabelt taping system installed in the Oval Office to record conversations and phone calls. 

The recently published book The Inheritance - by Christopher Fulton, says that these Oval Office tapes were appropriated by JFK's secretary Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln and inherited by the late Mr. Robert White.

According to Fulton, Mr. White made six cassette tapes of the original dictabelt tapes and gave them or sold them to Fulton, who his publisher says still has them. 

Can you tell me what became of the original dictabelt tapes? When White tried to auction much of the collection he inherited from Mrs. Lincoln, the government confiscated some of it. Did the government get the Oval Office dictabelt recordings? 

If so, where are they? 

If not, what became of them? 

I understand that there are many Assassination Record Review Board (ARRB) documents regarding Mr. White and his interaction with the review board, and White reluctantly acknowledged to the ARRB that he had possession of the dictabelt tapes, and I hope to visit the NARA soon to review these records. 

What I would like to know is whether the original Oval Office dictabelt tapes that Mrs. Lincoln willed to White are in the JFK Collection or at the JFK Library in Boston?

Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter. 

William Kelly 
(609) 346-0229 

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