The JFK Assassination

Items in Bridwell Library Collection offer insight into city's reaction to Kennedy Assassination

The collection of Bridwell Library at SMU includes sermons and public commentary made following the assassination of President Kennedy. Among them are remarks by Levi A. Olan, a respected rabbi, author, educator, and community leader known as “the conscience of Dallas;” they can be read or heard by clicking the links below.

Sermons by Rabbi Levi A. Olan

• “What Should Dallas Do Now?” 01/19/1964 Broadcast on KRLD and WFAA-AM

Text: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/397/rec/42

Audio: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/606/rec/43

Video: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/876/rec/44

• “The First Anniversary of a Tragedy” 11/22/1964 Broadcast on KRLD and WFAA-AM

Text: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/406/rec/3

Audio: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/625/rec/4

Video: http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/olan/id/896/rec/5

Documents from the William C. Martin papers
(finding aid http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/smu/00230/smu-00230.html)

“A Day of Distress” sermon by Rev. Charles V. Denman, preached at Wesley Methodist Church, Dallas, on November 24, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

Typescript copy of “Living Out Our Faith” sermon by Rev. William H. Dickenson, preached at Highland Park Methodist Church, Dallas, on November 24, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

“In Memoriam: John F. Kennedy” sermon by Rev. Lively Brown at First Methodist Church, Georgetown, Texas, on November 24, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

“Address by President Willis M. Tate to the University Community in Convocation” November 26, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

“The Fifth Freedom: Freedom from Hate” message delivered by Dr. Jimmy R. Allen, Secretary of the Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas, at Oak Cliff Community Thanksgiving Service, November 28, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

Letter from Bishop William C. Martin to the pastors and members of the Methodist Churches in Dallas, November 30, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

“A Letter to Dallas” by Allen Lacy, Assistant Professor in Philosophy, Madison College, Harrisonburg, Virginia, sent to Bishop William C. Martin on November 30, 1963 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

Subpoena dated January 29, 1964, requiring Bishop William C. Martin and others to appear before the Criminal District Court #3 of Dallas County as witnesses in behalf of the defendant, Jack Ruby [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

Bishop William C. Martin’s correspondence concerning the John F. Kennedy Memorial Book Fund, 1964 [Location: Box 172A, file 8]

Other Documents in the Archives at Bridwell Library

Program from the SMU memorial prayer service held in McFarlin Auditorium on November 22, 1963 (Note: annotated by Librarian Kate Warnick) [Location: Kate Warnick papers, Box 573B, file 11]

“Living Out Our Faith” sermon by Rev. William H. Dickenson, preached at Highland Park Methodist Church, Dallas, on November 24, 1963 [Location: Subject Files – IND]

“One Thing Worse than This” sermon by Rev. William A. Holmes, preached at Northaven Methodist Church, Dallas, on November 24, 1963 [Location: Subject Files – IND]

[Perkins School of Theology faculty] “Response to Mayor Campbell’s statement of November 23, 1963” November 28, 2963 [Location: Collection on the History of Perkins School of Theology]

From Bridwell Library Special Collections

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1957. Signed copy with accompanying typed, signed letter from John F. Kennedy to Dan Ferguson, April 19, 1956.

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