Archived FBI Files on Stetson Kennedy

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

Tracking #

RD 66372



From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Archive FBI records for file numbers 100-HQ-348615 and 100-PH-41513 pertaining to William Stetson Kennedy (October 5, 1916 – August 27, 2011), a famous American author, folklorist, and human rights activist. He is remembered for having infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, and exposing its secrets to authorities and the outside world. His obituary was widely published and can be referenced as proof of death here:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press in furtherance of the process of news gathering, and will not be used 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.


Ms. R. M. Seibert


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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear R. M. Seibert,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
received by this office on December 8, 2021 for records in the custody of
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Your request was
assigned FOIA Tracking Number *RD 66372*.

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Ashney Randle
Government Information Specialist
Special Access & FOIA Program (RF)

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear R. M. Seibert:

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