Files on Arthur F. Sampson

Zack Sampson filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Zack Sampson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents pertaining to Arthur F. Sampson, former head of the General Services Administration. Sampson died on March 13, 1988. Proof of death is not required because it was widely reported at the time. See the New York Times obituary here: http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/15/obituaries/arthur-f-sampson-is-dead-at-61-led-gsa-under-nixon-and-ford.html

"Arthur Francis Sampson, who led the General Services Administration for three years in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, died Sunday. He was 61 years old and lived in Falls Church, Va.

He collapsed on a tennis court and was taken to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md., a Washington suburb, where he was pronounced dead."

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 MuckRock.com, 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.

Sincerely,

Zack Sampson

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: <requests@muckrock.com>
> Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM
> Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Files on Arthur F. Sampson
> To: foia@nara.gov
>
>
>
> September 25, 2013
> National Archives and Records Administration
> FOIA Officer
> National Archives and Records Administration
> 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110
> College Park, MD 20740
>
>
>
>
> To Whom It May Concern:
>
> This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request
> the following records:
>
> All documents pertaining to Arthur F. Sampson, former head of the General
> Services Administration. Sampson died on March 13, 1988. Proof of death is
> not required because it was widely reported at the time. See the New York
> Times obituary here:
> http://www.nytimes.com/1988/03/15/obituaries/arthur-f-sampson-is-dead-at-61-led-gsa-under-nixon-and-ford.html
>
> "Arthur Francis Sampson, who led the General Services Administration for
> three years in the Nixon and Ford Administrations, died Sunday. He was 61
> years old and lived in Falls Church, Va.
>
> He collapsed on a tennis court and was taken to Shady Grove Adventist
> Hospital in Rockville, Md., a Washington suburb, where he was pronounced
> dead."
>
> 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 MuckRock.com, 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.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Zack Sampson
>
> Filed via MuckRock.com
> E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
>
> For mailed responses, please address (see note):
> MuckRock News
> DEPT MR 6839
> PO Box 55819
> Boston, MA 02205-5819
>
> PLEASE NOTE the new address as well as the fact that improperly addressed
> (i.e., with the requester's name rather than MuckRock News) requests might
> be returned by the USPS as undeliverable.
>

From: National Archives and Records Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Donna Lehman

Mr. Zach Sampson
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 6839
PO Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819

Dear Mr. Sampson,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
dated September 25, 2013, and received by this office on September 25,
2013, regarding records relating to Mr. Arthur F. Sampson. Please note
that only Federal Records are subject to the FOIA and only a small portion
of the Ford Library’s records are considered Federal records. The rest are
donated personal papers, including the bulk of the records from the Ford
administration.

A search of the Ford Library’s Federal records using the Library’s
collections database indicated that three folders of relevant records on
this topic are present in the collection *U.S. National Study Commission on
the Records and Documents of Public Officials*. Box 6 contains two folders
which house items from Civil Action Cases CA 74-1518, 1533, and 1551
regarding Rose Mary Woods materials. These include affidavits, lists,
memoranda, etc regarding Ms. Woods’ attempt to have materials under GSA
custody and control as Nixon historical materials returned to her as her
personal property. It also includes items from the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia relating to *The Reporters Committee for
Freedom of the Press, et al, Appellants *v. *Arthur F. Sampson,
Administrator of General Services, et.al, and Rose Mary Woods,
Appellees*as well as the legal Briefs of Sampson and Woods in the
Appeal from U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia. Folder #2 is a duplicate of
folder # 1. The number of pages in folder # 1 is 105. Box # 7 contains
one folder which houses the Deposition of Arthur F. Sampson in Nixon v
Sampson et al. Civil Actions 74-1518, 1533 and 1551. The page count for
this folder is 265.

Please note that the materials in this collection are duplicates of the
complete Commission records which are part of Record Group 220 at the
National Archives. A more complete description of the papers at the Ford
Library can be found at:
http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/guides/findingaid/usnscommrecs.asp

A search of the Library non-Federal records was also positive. The attached
search report "Sampson" contains a listing of folders from the various
collections, along with approximate counts of the number of pages of
material in each folder. You should be able to open the search report in
any word processor to view or print it. If the page breaks don't match up
properly when you try to print, changing the top and bottom margins to 0.5
inches might take care of it. The file "Cover.txt" is a cover sheet giving
an explanation of the contents of the report. Should you have any trouble
opening either of thefiles, I will be happy to print them out and mail them
to you. Finding aids describing the collections listed on the search
report are available for viewing and downloading on the Ford Library
website at:

http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/guides/guide.htm

You may examine requested documents at the Library or purchase copies.
NARA’s archival records are exempt from FOIA fee waiver provisions (44
U.S.C. § 2116(c).) We can provide electronic copies via e-mail of the
contents of any folder at the standard National Archives rate of $.80 per
page. When you advise me which folders you would like copied, I will
prepare an invoice which you can sign and return or you can provide credit
card and security code numbers as well as the expiration date by e-mail, or
over the telephone. We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover and American
Express. If not using the form you must also provide a statement
specifically giving permission to charge the card for the specified
amount. Payments made by check or money order should be issued payable to
the Gerald R. Ford Library Trust Fund.

I hope this information is helpful to you. Please let me know if you have
additional questions or need additional assistance.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: National Archives and Records Administration

A fix is required to perfect the requesfix is required to perfect the request.

From: Melissa Heddon

Dear Mr. Sampson,

I was forwarded your FOIA request for materials on Arthur Sampson. My
apologies for the delay in responding on behalf of the Nixon Library as I
was out for most of October due to the furlough and, then, a family
emergency.

I am trying to get a better understanding of the documents you are seeking,
so that I can assist with this request. Most of the materials at the Nixon
Library are materials governed by the Presidential Recordings and Materials
Preservation Act (PRMPA) and are, therefore, not subject to request under
FOIA provisions. There is a very small number of documents that are subject
to FOIA (such as the NSC Institutional Files) and, based on your request, I
don't think they contain records on Arthur Sampson.

We have an Arthur Sampson donated collection (not subject to FOIA) that is
currently unprocessed and unavailable for research. We could also possibly
have documents in the White House Central Files: Staff Member & Office
Files (Armstrong and Ash), and the White House Central Files: Subject Files
(PQ and FG139).

If you could please let me know what information you are looking for it
would assist me in locating materials for you.

Sincerely,

Melissa
--
Melissa Lew Heddon
Archivist
Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

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