Bernice Sandler, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
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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 Bernice Sandler, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on January 8, 2019 under the headline "Bernice Sandler, ‘Godmother of Title IX,’ Dies at 90". 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

File number 161-HQ-10706

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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

Dear Parker Higgins,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
February 26, 2019 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on March
5, 2019 and assigned FOIA case number *RD 60628*.

You requested access to case file number 161-HQ-10706, identified by the
FBI as potentially responsive to your request for records relating to
Bernice Sandler. My initial assessment confirms that Bernice Sandler is in
fact the subject of this file. The file has an estimated 175 pages,
compiled as part of an internal security investigation conducted between
November 1974 and November 1978.

This file requires screening for categories of information exempted from
disclosure under the terms of the FOIA, prior to public release. In
particular, there are documents that may be redacted to protect the privacy
of living individuals and to protect identities of confidential sources,
including FBI informant codes and informant file numbers.

Requests for FBI case files that do not exceed 500 pages are assigned to
our first-tier processing queue. Taking into consideration our existing
backlog, the estimated time required to complete the processing of your
request is approximately 24 months from the date of this letter.

We searched the available index, but were not able to locate any additional
files related to Bernice Sandler in the custody of the National Archives.

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Megan Dwyre
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives at College Park, MD