Dorothy Parker (NARA)

JPat Brown filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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48976

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Back in 2015, I filed for Dorothy Parker’s FBI file, which used to be available online through the records Vault. I was told that all material was moved to NARA, so I filed through them, only to be told there was a massive amount of material under the headings given to me by the Bureau. I thought the matter closed, but three years later, NARA responded by saying that they found the files, but with the catch - I’d have to pay for reproduction fees. I’m opening it to crowdfund so that we can get this chapter of Parker’s history back in the public domain.

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From: JPat Brown

To Whom It May Concern:

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

FBI Files on the late writer Dorothy Parker (née Rothschild), whose death in 1967 is a matter of public knowledge.

A request to that agency indicated that they would be in your possession under the follow titles:
100-HQ-56075
100-NY-98708
100-NY-69192
100-NY-69754

I am a journalist, who has written about government transparency in a variety of publications, such as a the Boston Herald.
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/op_ed/2014/10/op_ed_let_s_put_more_light_in_sunshine_law
In addition, in my capacity as editor of MuckRock, I have both written articles concerning FOIA/Public Records,
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/mar/19/amtrak-lounge-car-complaints/
and directly overseen/commissioned articles on the topic from other journalists,
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2015/feb/26/fbi-files-congressman-dickstein-show-close-relatio/
which have in turn been written about in national publications such as the Washington Post.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/in-the-loop/wp/2014/07/14/russian-menus-grapeless-jazz-salad-and-other-top-secret-cafeteria-complaints-from-inside-the-cia/

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 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.

Sincerely,

JPat Brown

From: Wanda Williams

*MEDIA REQUEST:*

Dear JPat Brown/Muckrock:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration.

Due to the nature of your request (*FBI Files on the late writer Dorothy
Parker)*, we have forwarded your request to our Office of Research
Services, Special Access and FOIA staff, for appropriate handling. You will
be assigned a new tracking number by that office within the next 20
business days. If you would like to follow up with that office directly
please contact them at specialaccess_FOIA@nara.gov
<file:///S:/FOIA/FOIA%20Case%20Files/FOIA%20Simple%20Reference%20Correspondence%20Williams/specialaccess_FOIA@nara.gov>.

For your reference, your original submission is below.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives and please visit our website
at www.archives.gov/foia
<file:///S:/FOIA/FOIA%20Case%20Files/FOIA%20Simple%20Reference%20Correspondence%20Williams/www.archives.gov/foia%20>
for further information.

Please also visit our main website, www.archives.gov
<file:///S:/FOIA/FOIA%20Case%20Files/FOIA%20Simple%20Reference%20Correspondence%20Williams/www.archives.gov>,
to learn more about the many exciting resources we offer the public.

Thank you,

Wanda Williams
Deputy Freedom of Information Act Officer/Archivist
National Archives and Records Administration
Office of General Counsel
College Park, Maryland
301-837-0773 work
wanda.williams@nara.gov

From: James Konicek

Dear Mr Brown,

Attached is our response to your fee waiver request for FOIA case number
48976.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

A no responsive documents response.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Brown,

Our review of FBI file 100-NY-98708 on Dorothy Parker is now complete.
Attached to this e-mail is my response letter, which contains further
details on the results of my review. It also contains information on
acquiring copies of the file you have requested.

I am sending you an electronic copy of the letter, since you have preferred
e-mail communication in the past.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
--
Danielle DuBois
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740
301-837-3671
www.archives.gov/research/foia/

From: JPat Brown

Ms. Dubois, hello!
Thank you for your response and for your continued work on my request - it's greatly appreciated.
Would it be possible to have an electronic copy emailed to me or mailed on CD? I'd be happy to pay whatever associated costs are incurred.
JPat

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Thanks for contacting us back. I am forwarding your request to the person
in our office who coordinates sending out the reproduction quotes, Jessie
Hartman. She will be back in touch with you shortly.

As always, feel free to reach out if you have questions.
--
Dr. Danielle DuBois
Archivist
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740
301-837-3671
www.archives.gov/research/foia/

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi,
Danielle DuBois indicated that you were interested in a reproduction
quote for RD 48976. I have attached the quote to this email, as well as
instructions on payment. This quote will be valid for 90 days, and please
be sure to send all payment information directly to the Trust Fund. Once
our Trust Fund has received confirmation of payment, we will begin
processing your order. This can take 4-6 weeks, however we attempt to get
the records to you before that time.

If you have any questions, please let me know!
Thank you!
Jessie
--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park
301.837.1905

From: JPat Brown

Jessie, hello!
So, fortunately, I was able to find somebody in the area who was already planning on heading that way - National Security Archive's Nate Jones is sending somebody from the organization there tomorrow, would it be possible to have them copy the file to their device on my behalf?
Thanks so much again!
JPat

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Hi,
I can have the disk ready for tomorrow, however it will not be until
the afternoon at the earliest.
Thanks!
Jessie

--
Jessie Hartman
Government Information Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Branch
National Archives at College Park
301.837.1905

From: JPat Brown

Jessie, hello!
No worries, I'm told that we won't be able to pick up the disk till Friday at the earliest.
I am going to send you the nicest thank you card after this.
JPat

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