Alice Provensen, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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Due June 7, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Alice Provensen, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on May 3, 2018 under the headline "Alice Provensen, a Star in the Children’s-Book World, Dies at 99". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A no responsive documents response.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Hello, Parker Higgins--

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of June
19, 2018, for records in the custody of the National Archives and Records
Administration. Your request was received in this office on July 5, 2018,
and assigned FOIA case number *RD 57655*.

You requested access to case file numbers *100-HQ-393000 and 100-NY-109667*,
identified by the FBI as potentially responsive to your request for records
relating to *Alice Provensen*. My initial assessment confirms that Alice
Rose Twitchell Provensen is in fact the subject of both files.

Case file 100-HQ-393000 contains 67 pages, compiled as part of an internal
security investigation conducted between July 1952 and November 1962.

Case file 100-NY-109667 contains 33 pages, compiled as part of an internal
security investigation conducted between April 1952 and October 1958.

This file requires screening for categories of information exempted from
disclosure under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, prior to
public release. In particular, there are documents that may be redacted to
protect the identities of confidential sources, including FBI informant
codes and informant file numbers. In my evaluation of this file, I also
identified 37 pages marked as classified national security information. In
order to review these documents for declassification, this office will need
to consult with other agencies that have original classification authority.
We will coordinate this review so that final determinations from the
reviewing agencies should be received by the time we are ready to process
your request.

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