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Pa. dealer donates copy of JFK tape to archivists

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January 30, 2012 05:46 PM EST | AP


PHILADELPHIA — A long-lost version of an Air Force One recording made right after President John F. Kennedy's assassination can now be heard by the general public.

The Raab Collection is a Philadelphia historic documents dealer that acquired the tape from a Kennedy aide's estate and put it up for sale. It donated a digitized copy Monday to the National Archives outside Washington.

U.S. archivist David Ferriero calls the recording an important discovery that's accessible at the National Archives and on its website.

Raab vice president Nathan Raab says the tape provides a more complete view of the chaotic circumstances following Kennedy's assassination in Dallas in 1963.

The tape has around 40 minutes of additional material not in the official version in the government's archives for decades, including debate about what to do with Kennedy's body.

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