FBI: Ray Jerome Baker

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any documents mentioning Ray Jerome Baker (December 1, 1880 to October 1972). Baker was a photographer who documented Hawaii before and after statehood. He was also a friend of the writer Jack London, and he knew both Mark Twain and Thomas Edison. His wife was active in socialist politics and he fled California fearing an obscenity charge. Related to his photography. There are numerous mentions of his 1972 death, please accept a document from the Kaua’i Historical Society Archives that mentions his death as proof of death. Numerous websites discussing him and his work simply state that he died in 1972.


This request is for any and all records about Ray Jerome Baker at any and all FBI offices, including HQ, field offices (including, specifically, the Honolulu, San Francisco, Portland and Sacramento offices) legal attaches, and facilities that maintain records under the FBI’s control.

In addition, this request also includes any “cross-referenced” records relevant to your inquiry. Along with “ELSUR” (Electronic Surveillance) records for Ray Jerome Baker. These include the names of all people and/or locations for which the agency sought a court order for electronic surveillance.

In addition, this request asks the FBI to search the Sentinel database, the Investigative Data Warehouse, and the Data Integration and Visualization System for relevant documents related to Ray Jerome Baker from the earliest records available until 1972.

I believe that the release of these records (if any records exist) would be of historical value and in the public interest. Thank you for your commitment to transparency and the work that the FBI does everyday.

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.


Robert Delaware

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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