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Earl F. Rose Papers

Identifier: MsC0860

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of information on events of the latter half of the twentieth century, most especially the assassination of John F. Kennedy. As the medical examiner who conducted the autopsies of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, Rose has a unique perspective on these events. One third of the collection consists of media coverage of the events, consisting of magazines, newspapers, and video cassettes. The remainder are personal papers of Mr. Rose, and here there are published articles (by other people than Rose, though he was interviewed for the Journal of the American Medical Society). He has gathered information on figures in the assassination and also those of other people, such as Sheriff Bill Decker. He apparently served as an advisor to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and here are brought together materials to be submitted with that report. Rose has also written his recollections of events in Dallas, called Dallas: My View of History, for which there are manuscripts in this collection. Rose's correspondence and other miscellany round out the material.


  • Creation: 1963-2006


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This collection is open for research.

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Medical Examiner of Dallas County at the time of the assassination of President Kennedy, Rose performed the autopsies on Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby. The reports and projector slides for these autopsies are here, as well as pathology slides for Ruby. Rose also kept clippings files on items related to the assassination, including a series on conspiracy theories. Clippings for other events of the latter half of the twentieth century such as Watergate and the Clinton impeachment are included here as well, as are photocopies of death certificates for some famous and infamous people, such as Nicole Brown Simpson and Bonnie Parker. Correspondence and personal papers form a portion of this collection, as well as a manuscript version of Dallas: My View of History, Rose's memoir of his time in Dallas.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 2005.

Processing Information

There are materials of a sensitive nature in this collection that do not reflect the views of this institution.

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  • Jack Ruby post mortem slides

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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