Industrial Workers of the World

Liam Knox filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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NARA-NGC-2019-000322

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From: Liam Knox

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All files, investigation findings, reports, memorandums, or correspondences relating to the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the IWW or the "Wobblies," from 1900-1950.

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-2019-000322&type=request)
* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2019-000322
* 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:

All files, investigation findings, reports, memorandums, or correspondences relating to the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the IWW or the "Wobblies," from 1900-1950.

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/industrial-workers-of-the-world-70438/?uuid-login=8025205c-20a2-4732-bcd5-3112a794423d&email=foia%40nara.gov#agency-reply

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Knox:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
about records on the Industrial Workers of the World 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. We encourage
you to look at our online catalog before making a request. That helps you
narrow down your search to what may actually be responsive and in our
custody. In the future, if you have FOIA requests for records that may be
archival records, you can send those requests directly to Special Access
and FOIA at their email address above. NARA is specifically authorized
under a separate fee statute, 44 U.S.C. Section 2116(c) to charge fees for
copying archival records. As a result, archival records are exempt from
the FOIA fee waiver provisions found in 5 U.S.C. Section 552(a)(4)(A)(vi).

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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Date: Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 7:31 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Deletion: NARA-NGC-2019-000322
To: <susan.gillett@nara.gov>

Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2019-000322.

- *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 70438
- 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:

All files, investigation findings, reports, memorandums, or
correspondences relating to the Industrial Workers of the World,
also known
as the IWW or the "Wobblies," from 1900-1950.

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/industrial-workers-of-the-world-70438/?uuid-login=8025205c-20a2-4732-bcd5-3112a794423d&email=foia%40nara.gov#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,

This is in response to your March 13, 2019 Freedom of Information Act
request (RD #60694) concerning "all files, investigation findings, reports,
memorandums, or correspondence relating to the Industrial Workers of the
World..." Your request was received by our office on March 14, 2019.

We make reasonable efforts to assist researchers with their work. Given the
limitations on staff resources, we do not generally conduct substantive
research in response to requests, except in circumstances where documents
are easily locatable.

Based on your inquiry, we conducted a review of the Department of Justice
General Name Index to Litigation Case Files, in Record Group 60. Please
note that there were many index cards for Industrial Workers of the World.
We have attached the index cards that reference the general cases, however,
the box (885) does include additional cards for I.W.W. chapters in various
states or related to specific industries.

The DOJ cases referenced on these index cards are Straight Numerical Files
and Duplex Numeric Files. The numbers on the index cards represent the DOJ
case file number.

The *Straight Numerical Files* comprise the bulk of DOJ general files
created and maintained from 1904-1937. The full body of records is
approximately 6000 containers; however, the material is roughly indexed
among several other series. This series consists of general correspondence
files of both letters received and sent. From 1904 to 1912 these files were
the only Department of Justice central files. The Department of Justice no
longer initiated new Straight Numerical Files after 1914, but documents
were added to some files until 1974. Each case or subject was given a
consecutive number when the first papers on it were filed with no
distinction as to class, nature, or subject.

The *Duplex Numeric cases* represent cases opened after 1914; the system
that is based on a formal, standard set of numerical codes. The primary
numbers (one, two, or three digits) are usually identified with federal
laws or administrative subjects. It is important to note that though NARA
does hold some divisional indexes, locating specific individuals is
difficult due to this arrangement scheme.

The responsive case files are open. We would be happy to make them
available in our Textual Research Room here at NARA College Park.

Investigatory case files from this time period are in the custody of the
National Archives at College Park. Records of the Bureau of Investigation
(predecessor of the FBI) are located in Record Group 65: Records of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation. The BOI case files c.1908-1922 were
accessioned to the National Archives on microfilm. The microfilm
publication is M1085; we have attached the descriptive pamphlet for your
reference.* Bureau of Investigation *files are arranged in four schemes—the
Bureau Section Files, Mexican Files, Old German Files, Miscellaneous File.

The reels have been made available online via our digital partner, Fold3.
Therefore, we do not make these available for access in our Microfilm
Reading Room. While Fold3 does require a subscription, the site is
available for free at NARA facilities.

We do not consider this a denial of your FOIA request. However, if you are
not satisfied with our action on this request, your options for appeal and
dispute resolution are outlined in the attached enclosure.

Sincerely,
--
Haley J Maynard | archivist
Textual Reference
National Archives at College Park, MD

From: Liam Knox

Hi Haley,

Thank you for getting back to me with this information! I'd like to just confirm that there is no way you can duplicate the responsive documents and send them digitally? If not, since I am not able to travel to college park anytime soon, I would like to see if MuckRock could send a volunteer in my stead to examine the documents, duplicate them and then send them to me. The index cards and records listings are only useful to me insofar as I could explore the archives, so no responsive documents were actually sent, despite your acknowledgment of their existence. Because of the difficulty inherent in me traveling from Boston to Maryland, I would consider this an inappropriate denial of my request in the event that the alternatives I proposed above are not possible, so please let me know ASAP so I can get in touch with a volunteer, or file an appeal.

Best,

Liam Knox
MuckRock News

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