Explore the CIA’s Diary Notes from the year JFK was shot

Explore the CIA’s Diary Notes from the year JFK was shot

The day-by-day play-by-plays from the Agency’s archive

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Among the millions of pages within Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) CREST database live an array of communications, cables, memos, and snippets from the daily activities of the Agency. Within the collection, the thousands of Diary Notes kept by the Executive Committee are perhaps the closest to a day-by-day CIA Cliff Notes.

Unfortunately, getting to them in actual chronological order can be difficult.

Fortunately, we’ve begun pulling them into order. Below you’ll find links for all available Diary Notes associated with the year 1963, the majority of which were kept by Deputy Director for Administration Lawrence K. White.

In them, you’ll find notes ranging from the seemingly mundane, like this discussion of printing prices from February 11th

this mention of CIA mind control programs on July 5th

which shares a page with this exciting development in typewriters…

and this tidbit found halfway down the page on November 22nd, the day John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas.

Begin exploring the notes via the links below. Find something interesting? Let us know via email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

1963

Month Day
January 2
3
7
14
16
17
18
21
22
23
24
25
28
29
30
31
February 1
4
11
12
14
15
18
19
20
21
25
26
March 29
April 1
2
3
4
5
8
9
10
11
15
16
17
19
23
24
25
26
27
30
May 1
2
3
10
13
14
15
16
17
20
21
23
27
28
29
June 3
4
5
6
7
11
13
14
17
19
20
24
26
28
July 2
3
5
8
9
10
11
16
18
22
25
29
30
31
August 1
2
5
6
7
8
9
12
13
14
15
16
19
21
22
24
27
29
30
September 4
5
6
9
10
11
12
13
16
17
18
19
20
23
24
26
27
30
October 1
2
3
4
7
8
9
10
11
14
15
16
17
18
21
22
23
24
25
28
30
31
November 1
4
5
6
7
8
12
13
14
15
18
19
20
21
22
23
25
26
27
December 2
3
5
6
7
9
10
11
12
14
16
17
18
19
20
23
24
26
27
30

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