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Philip H. Melanson research papers

Identifier: MC-127

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies, photos, audio recordings, and slides pertaining to his research into the assassination of Martin Luther King April 4, 1968 (Series I) and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968 (Series II). There are also limited materials (slide talks) on the John F. Kennedy Assassination which took place on November 22, 1963.


  • 1963-2000

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English

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Biographical / Historical

Philip H. Melanson (1944-2006) was professor of Political Science at UMass Dartmouth from September 1981 to 2006 and Chairperson of the Political Science Department from 1977-1985. His areas of specialization were American politics, political assassination and violence, governmental secrecy, freedom of information and public policy processes. He served as the coordinator of the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archive, which is the world’s largest collection of the subject. Professor Melanson wrote a number of books and was an intentionally recognized expert on political violence and government secrecy. His published works relate to political assassination and violence, governmental secrecy and law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He appeared on NPR, BBC, CBS, and CNN news programs. He made a total of 95 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which resulted in the release of over 200,000 pages of federal government documents on topics relevant to his research. He died in 2006.


5 Linear Feet (12 manuscript boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Judy Melanson, March, 2012, accession # 12-10.

Philip H. Melanson research papers
Caitlin Moakley
October 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA