Amiri Baraka (FBI files)

Andrew Adebayo filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Andrew Adebayo

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All files regarding Amiri Baraka (October 7, 1934 – January 9, 2014), a well-known writer of poetry, drama, essays, fiction, etc. Please include all materials that refer to him as "Leroi Jones," "Everett LeRoi Jones," "Amear Baraka," "Imamu Amiri Baraka," or any other known names, including those materials and files produced after his death. Please consult all potentially relevant internal databases, as would be identified by an employee familiar with Baraka's work and agency operations that would relate to the subject.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and will not be used commercially.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 email 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.


Andrew Adebayo

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From: Sobonya, David P. (RMD) (FBI)

Dear Mr. Adebayo,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

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Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/GIS
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.