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Zapruder family donates JFK film

DALLAS, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The family of Abraham Zapruder donated Wednesday the last original duplicate of his famous 8 mm film of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to a Dallas museum.

The donation also includes the copyright to the famous 26-second film taken by the Dallas dressmaker, which means the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will control use of the historic footage for research or reproduction.

Andrew M. Stern, chairman of the board of directors for the 11-year-old private, non-profit museum, called it a "stunning responsibility" and one that museum officials will take very seriously.

"By entrusting their personal collection of artifacts to our museum they assure that the collection will be maintained in a dignified manner for, and accessible to, future generations," he said.

In a statement, the Zapruder heirs said the Sixth Floor Museum was selected because they believe the administration shares "our values" and will continue to administer the film "in the spirit of our father and grandfather, Abraham Zapruder."

The original Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination was purchased last year by the U.S. government and is stored at the National Archives in Washington.

The film is recognized by experts as the most complete visual record of the historic Nov. 22, 1963 assassination. Zapruder ordered three so-called first generation copies of the film and the other two are now at the National Archives.

The ownership of the copyright by the museum entitles it to any licensing fees.

The Sixth Floor Museum, housed on the sixth floor of the old School Book Depository in Dallas, chronicles Kennedy's life, times, death and legacy. The building is now a Dallas County administrative office building.

The museum includes the so-called "perch" near a sixth-floor window from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired at Kennedy in a passing motorcade on that fateful day, according to the Warren Commission investigation.

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