Deaccessioned objects since 9/11/2001.

Jason Smathers filed this request with the Smithsonian Institution Office of General Counsel of the United States of America.


From: Jason Smathers

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A listing of objects deaccessioned since 9/11/2001.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. 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 and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

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 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.

I believe the Smithsonian is subject to the FOIA, however I am aware of the agencies disagreement. Nonetheless, please process the request as a public records request under the provisions of the Smithsonian Institution rather than simply informing me of your belief that you are not subject to the FOIA. I do not give up any right allowed to me under the FOIA by making this statement.


Jason Smathers

From: "Sanet, Jessica" <>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

Thank you for your e-mail. In an effort to most efficiently perform our search for "a listing of objects deaccessioned since 9/11/2001," I am reaching out to see if you are interested in a certain museum or museums. As you may know, the Smithsonian Institution includes nineteen museums and the National Zoological Park. A list of the entities is provided on our website at

Please let me know via email, or you may call me directly at 202.633.4219. Thank you for your email, and I look forward to hearing from you.

From: "Sanet, Jessica" <>

Dear Mr. Smathers,

I am following up to my email below in response to your request for Smithsonian records for "a listing of objects deaccessioned since 9/11/2011." Before we begin our records search, I wanted to learn which of the nineteen museums interested you. Again, a list of the Smithsonian Museums is available here:

Please let me know by replying to me at this email address or by calling me directly at 202.633.4219.

Thank you,

From: Smithsonian Institution

From: Smithsonian Institution