Freedom of Information Act request: Luigi Galleani

Liam Knox filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
Tracking #

NARA-NGC-2019-000323

Due April 11, 2019
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Liam Knox

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the FBI's files on Luigi Galleani, an Italin-American anarchist active in the early 20th century. Specifically, I'd like to request all files from 1911 to 1921 containing:
Luigi Galleani's name
The name of his newspaper, "Cronaca Sovversiva"

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am an editorial intern for MuckRock, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity. MuckRock is widely known for its investigative work as well as historical pieces based on public records requests. Some examples relevant to this request are:
-- https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/jan/13/hannah-arendt-crew-haircut-and-marvelous-mind/
-- https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jul/11/vietnam-zinn/
I plan to use the information obtained through these records to write about Galleani as a subject of FBI scrutiny during the first Red Scare, and to contribute to a larger project on the "Red Summer" of 1919 on this year, it's 100th anniversary.

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.

Sincerely,

Liam Knox

From: National Archives and Records Administration

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=NARA-NGC-2019-000323&type=request)
* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2019-000323
* Requester Name: Liam Knox
* Date Submitted: 03/13/2019
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the FBI's files on Luigi Galleani, an Italin-American anarchist active in the early 20th century. Specifically, I'd like to request all files from 1911 to 1921 containing:
Luigi Galleani's name
The name of his newspaper, "Cronaca Sovversiva"

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am an editorial intern for MuckRock, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity. MuckRock is widely known for its investigative work as well as historical pieces based on public records requests. Some examples relevant to this request are:
-- https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/jan/13/hannah-arendt-crew-haircut-and-marvelous-mind/
-- https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jul/11/vietnam-zinn/
I plan to use the information obtained through these records to write about Galleani as a subject of FBI scrutiny during the first Red Scare, and to contribute to a larger project on the "Red Summer" of 1919 on this year, it's 100th anniversary.

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.

Sincerely,

Liam Knox

Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/national-archives-and-records-administration-129/freedom-of-information-act-request-luigi-galleani-70439/?email=foia%40nara.gov&uuid-login=9c10595a-9845-4402-ba6a-f8f802bf3b6b#agency-reply

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Knox:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
about FBI files to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA),
via the *FOIAOnline* website. We received your request on March 13, 2019.

This office handles FOIA and Privacy Act requests for the National Archives
and Records Administration's *operational *records (records created by this
agency). Because your *FOIAOnline*request is for records that may be
*archival *records (records that were created by or originated in a
different agency but that may have been transferred to the legal custody of
NARA), we have forwarded it to our *Office of Research Services, Special
Access and FOIA* staff who handle FOIA requests for archival records.

Since the *Office of Research Services, Special Access and FOIA* does not
process FOIA requests through *FOIAOnline*, your request has been removed
from the *FOIAOnline* website and 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 the address
below, or electronically via email.

Special Access and FOIA Staff (RD-F)

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190

By fax: 301-837-1864

By email: *specialaccess_foia@nara.gov <specialaccess_foia@nara.gov>*

For your reference, a copy of your request is below.

Please visit our website at *www.archives.gov/foia
<http://www.archives.gov/foia>* for further information about FOIA. On our
main website, www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we
offer to the public, and you can access our online catalog.

Thank you for contacting the National Archives.

Sincerely,
Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
301-837-3409
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2019-000323.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Liam
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Knox
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News, DEPT MR 70439
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of the FBI's files on Luigi Galleani, an Italin-American
anarchist active in the early 20th century. Specifically, I'd like to
request all files from 1911 to 1921 containing:
Luigi Galleani's name
The name of his newspaper, "Cronaca Sovversiva"

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I
am an editorial intern for MuckRock, and I am requesting this information
in that editorial capacity. MuckRock is widely known for its
investigative
work as well as historical pieces based on public records requests. Some
examples relevant to this request are:
--
https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2014/jan/13/hannah-arendt-crew-haircut-and-marvelous-mind/
-- https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/jul/11/vietnam-zinn/
I plan to use the information obtained through these records to write
about Galleani as a subject of FBI scrutiny during the first Red
Scare, and
to contribute to a larger project on the "Red Summer" of 1919 on
this year,
it's 100th anniversary.

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.

Sincerely,

Liam Knox

Upload documents directly:
https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/national-archives-and-records-administration-129/freedom-of-information-act-request-luigi-galleani-70439/?email=foia%40nara.gov&uuid-login=9c10595a-9845-4402-ba6a-f8f802bf3b6b#agency-reply
- *Fee Waiver*
- Fee Waiver Requested: No
- Fee Waiver Reason:
- *Expedited Processing*
- Expedited Processing Requested: No
- Expedited Processing Reason:

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Knox,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act requests of
March 13-14, 2019. Your requests were received in this office on March 14,
2019 and assigned FOIA case number *RD 60704*.

You requested files related to several topics:

- FBI files on Luigi Galleani from 1911-1921 containing his name or the
name of the newspaper "Cronaca Sovversiva"
- Records related to the "Union of Russian Workers in the United States
and Canada" from 1905-1925, specifically files related to Peter Bianki and
Vladimir "Bill" Shatoff
- United Mine Workers of America or "UMWA" from 1910-1925, specifically
related to the "Ludlow Massacre"

We searched the available FBI index database, but were unable to locate any
FBI case files related to your subjects for the time period you seek.

We did locate one file related to "Communist Infiltration of the United
Mine Workers of America," FBI file 100-HQ-70071, which consists of 9
sections and 11 subsections, totaling approximately 4,500 pages. However,
the earliest records in the file date to 1941, so based on my evaluation,
this file is deemed unresponsive to your request. If you believe that the
file is responsive to your request, please contact this office at
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov within ninety (90) calendar days from the date
of this letter. If we do not hear from you within 90 days, we will
administratively close your case.

The vast majority of records in our custody for your time period of
interest (1905-1925) are already open and available for public viewing in
our research room at the National Archives in College Park, MD.

As Haley Maynard of the Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2)
explained in her March 20, 2019 response to FOIA request RD 60712, the
records of the Bureau of Investigation (FBI's predecessor organization) c.
1908-1922 were accessioned to the National Archives on microfilm as NARA
Microfilm Publication M1085. The records have been digitized by NARA's
partner, Fold3.com, and are available on their website at
https://www.fold3.com/title/74/fbi-case-files. While Fold3 does require a
subscription, the site can be accessed for free at any of NARA's
facilities.

If you have further questions regarding Department of Justice records
dating from 1905-1925, including Bureau of Investigation records, you may
email the Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) directly at
archives2reference@nara.gov.

This response is not considered a denial of your request under the terms of
the FOIA because we were unable to locate any additional responsive records
using the available FBI index.

You also requested a waiver for reproduction fees ordinarily charged to
researchers. Records transferred to the custody of the National Archives
are exempt from the fee and fee waiver provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act because a fee schedule was in effect prior to enactment.
The applicable section states that “nothing in this subparagraph shall
supersede fees chargeable under a statute specifically providing for
setting the level of fees for particular types of records” (5 U.S.C. 552
(a)(4)(A)(vi)). The relevant fee statute authorizes the National Archives
“to charge a fee for making or authenticating copies or reproductions of
materials transferred to the Archivist’s custody.” (44 U.S.C. 2116(c)). The
inability to grant the requested fee waiver does not constitute a denial
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act.

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have additional
questions concerning your request, please contact me directly at
megan.dwyre@nara.gov or 301-837-0488.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request, you have the
right to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days
from the date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be
delivered by regular U.S. mail or by e-mail. By filing an appeal, you
preserve your rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the
deciding agency with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider
its decision. If you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be
addressed to the Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National
Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College
Park, Maryland 20740-6001. Both the letter and envelope should be clearly
marked “FOIA Appeal.” If you submit your appeal by e-mail, please send it
to foia@nara.gov, addressed to the Deputy Archivist, with the words “FOIA
Appeal” in the subject line. Please be certain to explain why you believe
this response does not meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information
Act. All communications concerning this request should reference FOIA case
number *RD 60704*.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss our response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area
FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190
FOIA Public Liaison: Martha Wagner Murphy
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Telephone: 301-837-3270
E-mail: dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
FOIA requesters and federal agencies. You may contact OGIS at the following
address:

Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 2510
College Park, MD 20740-6001
ogis@nara.gov
202-741-5770
1-877-684-6448

Sincerely,

Megan Dwyre
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives at College Park, MD
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

From: Liam Knox

Hi Megyn,

Thank you for all your work trying to find records for me! Re: the documents under "Communist Infiltration of the United Mine Workers," while it isn't responsive to my original request, I would very much be interested in reviewing it. Would there be any fee associated with sending it to me digitally?

Best,

Liam

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