María Irene Fornés

Mary Jo Watts filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.

It is a clone of this request.

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NARA-NGC-2019-000085

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From: Mary Jo Watts

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All files related to María Irene Fornés

María Irene Fornés (May 14, 1930 – October 30, 2018) was a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director, who was a leading figure of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornés was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 15, with her mother, Carmen Collado Fornés and sister, Margarita Fornés Lapinel, after her father, Carlos Fornés, died in 1945. Irene has two older sisters, Margarita and Carmencita, and three older brothers, Rafael (noted cartoonist), Hector and Raul. She became a U.S. citizen in 1951.

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,

Mary Jo Watts

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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-2019-000085&type=request)
* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2019-000085
* Requester Name: Mary Jo Watts
* Date Submitted: 11/05/2018
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description: To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
All files related to María Irene Fornés
María Irene Fornés (May 14, 1930 – October 30, 2018) was a Cuban-American avant garde playwright and director, who was a leading figure of the off-off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornés was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to the United States at the age of 15, with her mother, Carmen Collado Fornés and sister, Margarita Fornés Lapinel, after her father, Carlos Fornés, died in 1945. Irene has two older sisters, Margarita and Carmencita, and three older brothers, Rafael (noted cartoonist), Hector and Raul. She became a U.S. citizen in 1951.
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,
Mary Jo Watts

From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Ms. Watts:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act request to the
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We received your request on November 5, 2018.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Ms. Watts,

This is in response to your November 7, 2018 Freedom of Information Act
request (RD #59412) concerning records related to Maria Irene Fornés. Your
request was forwarded to our unit for response on November 1, 2018.

Please be aware that your request for Federal Bureau of Investigation case
files is being processed by NARA's Special Access and FOIA unit under RD#
59413. You can expect a separate response concerning those files.

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.

We conducted a search on the National Archives Catalog for the following:

Maria Irene Fornés (yielded no results)
Maria Fornés (result did not appear to be relevant)

It is possible that *United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS)* hold records of interest. The Alien Files (A-Files) contain
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Sincerely,
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Haley J Maynard | archivist
Textual Reference Operations
National Archives at College Park, MD

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