Files and Documents about RMS Titanic, White Star Line and Related Personnel (U.S. Department of State)

Nathan Lawrence filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.


From: Nathan Lawrence

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all files, documents or communications collected or produced by your agency about the following:

1. The RMS Titanic (which sank in the Atlantic Ocean on the morning of April 15, 1912).
2. White Star Line, also referred to as The Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line of Boston Packers, a British shipping and transport company from 1845-1934.
3. Thomas Henry Ismay (born Jan. 27, 1850), a British national.
4. Joseph Bruce Ismay (born Dec. 12, 1862), a British national.
5. Edward John Smith R.D. R.N.R. (born Jan. 27, 1850), a British national and Merchant Navy officer.
6. Thomas Andrews, Jr. (born Feb. 7, 1873), a British national and naval architect.
7. John Jacob Astor IV (born July 13, 1864), an American businessman and member of the U.S. Volunteers, as well as his wife Madeleine Astor (born June 19, 1893, maiden name Madeleine Force).
8. Margaret Brown (born July 18, 1867), an American socialite.

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.


Nathan Lawrence

From: FOIA Status

Mr. Lawrence - This is in response to your April 5, 2017 fax, following up on a February 9, 2017 FOIA request.

The Requester Communications Branch (FOIA Request) has informed FOIA Status that they do not have a record of receiving the February 9, 2017 FOIA request.

The Requester Communication Branch also asked that you be advised that the Department of State would not have the records you are seeking in your April 5, 2017 fax due to the age of the records. Additionally, any permanent records would be at NARA. If however, you would like to file a FOIA request for the material shown in your February 9 fax, the Department would advise you to contact NARA, and would close the case as complete.

In the future, would you please fax your FOIA request to 202 261-8579 with the subject "FOIA Request" and not "Follow-up on the following Freedom of Information Act Request". If you continue to fax in your FOIA request as a follow-up request, it will come to FOIA Status and not FOIA Request for action. Consequently, FOIA request will not take action on follow-up requests.

As stated above, if you still would like to file your February 9, 2017 request with the Department in light of the fact that this office would not have the material being requested due to the age of the records, you should fax your FOIA request dated February 9, 2017 to "FOIA Request" at 202 261-8579, as a new FOIA request. You may also mail the February 9, 2017 FOIA request to: US Department of State, Office of Information and Programs and Service, Requester Communication Branch, 515 22nd Street, NW, SA-02, Room 8100, Washington, DC 20522.

Please do not fax a follow-up FOIA request to 202 261-8579.

Katrina Wood
FOIA Requester Service Center

Official - Transitory


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