FBI: Melvin Van Peebles

Ben Welsh filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Ben Welsh

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all FBI files on Melvin Van Peebles, the Black filmmaker, novelist and playwright who died in September 2021, according to the Los Angeles Times.


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.


Ben Welsh

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Ben Welsh

I am appealing this response. I request that the agency conduct a full CRS search for Melvin Van Peebles. From your response, that does not appear to have been done.

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