NARA-Department of State correspondence on missing microfilm

Matthieu Bourbaki filed this request with the U.S. Department of State of the United States of America.
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From: Matthieu Bourbaki

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any correspondence between NARA and any office or person within the Department of State from December 2005 to present regarding missing Central Foreign Policy microfilm reels (State Department telegrams on microfilm that were sent to NARA for their archives).

non-case sensitive search keywords:
missing microfilm reel,
missing d-reel,
lost d-reel,
lost microfilm,
empty microfilm box,
empty d-reel box

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.


Matthieu Bourbaki

From: Department of State

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Department of State

A letter stating the request for reduced or waived fees has been rejected.

From: Charlston, Jeffrey A

Mr. Bourbaki,

Is there a number that I can reach you at in relation to your FOIA request? My branch is responsible for declassifying the microfilm in question before it is transferred to NARA, we are working with the FOIA team to provide you the best answer possible.

I will be on leave Nov 12-17.

Thank you,

Jeff Charlston, Chief
Paper Review Branch

From: U.S. Department of State

I am a FOIA Reviewer at A/GIS/IPS/CR/PP/LA at the Department of State. The Department is reviewing is backlog of outstanding FOIA requests. The file for Mr. Bourbaki's request for correspondence between NARA and any office or person within the Department from December 2005 to the present regarding missing Central Foreign Policy microfilm has come to my desk.

It appears from the file that the head of our Systematic Review Program Division (SRP) may have contacted you to explain the reels were not missing but were not yet declassified. No further action is reflected in the record.

Please provide additional details regarding the specific information sought. Also, please provide current address and phone contact information.

Thank you

Alfreda E. Meyers
FOIA Reviewer
SA-2, Room 2109

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