Nearly 20 years after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, the public will finally gain access to thousands of pieces of evidence used in the controversial murder investigation.

The 50,000 documents, 1,700 pictures and numerous other pieces of evidence went on display Tuesday at the State Archives, culminating a bitter feud between scholars and the Los Angeles Police Department."Some people will find surprises," predicts state Archivist John Burns, who, with several other experts, has been analyzing, sorting and reproducing the material since August.

Burns does not believe the files will reveal major secrets or conclusively answer questions of a possible conspiracy but says they will make a wealth of intriguing material available to authors, scholars and the just plain curious.

The archives collection includes the .22-caliber Iver-Johnson revolver that Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant angered by what he felt was the pro-Israeli stance of the Kennedy family, used to kill the senator.