Since 1987, the California State Archives has been the repository for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) invesitgation files of the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. An agreement between the Secretary of State and the City of Los Angeles transferred the investigation records (including documents, photographs, audio tapes, videotapes, and evidence items collected by the LAPD) in the possession of the City to the State Archives. This transfer occurred under the authority of Government Code 12226, which states:

  • With the consent of the Secretary of State, the governing body of a county or city may by order or resolution direct the transfer to the Secretary of State for inclusion in the State archives, of official items it deems have historic interest or value, and which are in the custody of any officer of the county or city.

The Guide to the Los Angeles Police Department Records of the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Investigation (PDF) provides detail about the contents of the collection.


Guides to this collection can also be found on the Online Archive of California.


Contents of the Guide (and appendices):

  • Introduction
  • Records of Special Unit Senator:
    • Card Index
    • Office Files
    • Arrest Reports
    • Broadcasts and Teletypes
    • Crime Reports
    • Rosters
    • Evidence Files FBI Indexes and Report
    • Polygraph Reports and Charts
    • Logs
    • Interviews
    • Final Reports
    • Investigative Field Notes
    • Letters
    • Medical Reports
    • News Media Reports
    • Motion Picture Films
    • Phone Call Summaries
    • Photographs
    • Records and Background Check Files
    • Progress Reports
    • Transcripts
    • Tape Summaries
    • Vehicle Reports
    • Legal Files
    • Case Preparation
    • Conspiracy Investigation Files
    • Sirhan Family Files
    • Reporter's Daily Transcripts
    • Tape Recorded Interviews
    • Stenotype Notes
    • Magnetic Tapes
    • Physical Evidence
  • Records Relating to the Re–investigation
  • Exhibits from Sirhan's Trial, Case No. A233421
  • Records of the Wolfer Board of Inquiry