Howard Zinn (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum)

Chris Caesar filed this request with the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum of the United States of America.


From: Chris Caesar

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any documents related to Boston University historian Howard Zinn. His death was widely reported in the media:

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, 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.


Chris Caesar

From: Regina Greenwell

Dear Mr. Caeser:

This is in response to your request dated March 3, 2014 for release of
information from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended). Your request for access
to documents pertaining to Howard Zinn was received in this office on March
3, 2014.

With one exception, which will be detailed below, the records you have
requested are not Presidential, Vice Presidential, or Federal records. They
are donated historical material and therefore are not subject to request
under FOIA provisions. According to 5 U.S.C 522 (f), the Freedom of
Information Act does not apply to donated historical material. Thus, we do
not consider this to be a denial under the Freedom of Information Act.

If you consider this response to be a denial of your FOIA request, you may
appeal by writing the Deputy Archivist, the National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740--6001. To be
considered timely, your appeal should be received by the Deputy Archivist
within 35 days of your receipt of this letter. Both the letter and the
envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."

However, documents concerning Howard Zinn are available for research at the
LBJ Library, primarily in various files in the Papers of Lyndon BainesJohnson.

Very little of this material is indexed by name. The White House Central
Files (WHCF), Name File, is one of the few name-indexed files, and the
folder "ZINN" contains approximately 8 pages concerning Howard Zinn. The
WHCF, Name File, served as a cross-reference to the WHCF, Subject File, and
often the Name File will have a copy of the first page of the
correspondence. The rest of the material was filed in the primary WHCF,
Subject File indicated on the Name File copy. If you wish, we can send you
copies of the 8 pages in the Name File, and then you can determine if you
would like to purchase photocopies of the cross-referenced material. We
charge 30 cents per page plus shipping and a $2 handling fee for more than
a nominal number of copies.

There is also one page concerning Howard Zinn in the Post-Presidential Name
File. Although this file has not yet been processed, we can process it upon

Since most of the material in our holdings is arranged by subject, not
name, I believe that you might find more material on Zinn in other files.
For example, I checked an index prepared by University Publications of
America (UPA) to a microfilm publication that they published of documents
from the National Security File (NSF), Country File, Vietnam. That index
(a copy of which is attached) contains entries for Zinn. UPA prepared that
index a number of years ago before we had processed and declassified a lot
of the material in the NSF, so there could well be other relevant material
in the Vietnam Country File and in other portions of the NSF concerning
antiwar activities,

We might also have material on Zinn in files concerning civil rights and
civil disturbances. For example, there might be material on Zinn in the
Records of the President's Commission on Civil Disorders
(KernerCommission), which is the one relevant collection in our
holdings that is
subject to FOIA. However, since the collection has already been opened for
research, you do not need to file a FOIA to access it.

Material on Zinn might be found under the name of the organizations or of
people like the Berrigan brothers with whom he was associated.

I have attached guides to our holdings on Antiwar Activities and on Civil
and Racial Disturbances to give you an idea of what we have that might be
relevant. If you are interested in more information on these files, please
let me know. To thoroughly examine this material, you should either come
here yourself or hire someone to examine it on your behalf. A list of such
researchers is available on our website at

I hope this information is helpful. Please let me know if you have


Regina Greenwell
Senior Archivist
LBJ Library
(512) 721-0214

From: Chris Caesar

Ms. Greenwell,

Thank you very much for your comprehensive email, it was very helpful. Could you forward me the 8 pages you referenced so I could determine whether I'd like to request the cross-referenced materials?

Thanks so kindly,

From: Regina Greenwell

Dear Chris,

I've asked Lexie Percle to scan and send you the 8 pages. She should be
able to get to them by next week.


From: Alexis Percle

Mr. Caesar,

Attached are the scanned pages pertaining to Howard Zinn from the White
House Central File, Name File. Please let me know if you have any

Alexis Percle
Archives Specialist
LBJ Presidential Library and Museum
Austin, TX