Maurice Girodias (aka Maurice Kahane) and Olympia Press (U.S. Department of State)

Mary Jo Watts filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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Multi Request Maurice Girodias (aka Maurice Kahane) and Olympia Press
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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:

A copy of all files regarding Maurice Girodias, aka Maurice Kahane, (1919 - 1990) publisher of Olympia Press.

Girodias was party to numerous lawsuits and obscenity charges regarding his publications

In 1974, according to the New York Times:

"A State Department spokesman said the Department had taken no action concerning Mr. Girodias, but Edward Kavazanjian, a criminal investigator with the Immigration and Naturalization Service here, confirmed that the bureau had ordered Mr. Girodias to leave the United States by midā€June."

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.


Mary Jo Watts

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From: U.S. Department of State

Good afternoon. You recently mailed correspondence (see attached) concerning a previously submitted FOIA request. However, this request was received at the Department of Education. I'm writing for further verification to determine if this request was meant for the Department of State instead, as listed on the correspondence? Please notify me and I will forward the letter to the intended recipient (the Department of State) immediately. Thank you.

Tonya M. Johnson
Government Information Specialist
Department of Education
Phone: 202-377-3022

From: Mary Jo Watts

Thank you Tonya,

This request was meant for the Department of State.

Mary Jo Watts

From: U.S. Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: U.S. Department of State

Ms. Watts,

This is in response to your email below concerning your FOIA case control number F-2019-01027.

Your request is in process. We will soon follow-up with your regarding request for an estimated date of completion in this case.
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