Oliver Tambo (National Archives and Records Administration)

M. C. McGrath 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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From: M. C. McGrath

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents on, about or concerning Oliver Reginald Tambo (born 27 October 1917 in Nkantolo, Bizana, South Africa and died 24 April 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa).

Tambo's death has been reported by the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/25/obituaries/oliver-tambo-is-dead-at-75-led-assault-on-apartheid.html): "Oliver Tambo Is Dead at 75; Led Assault on Apartheid"

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,

M. C. McGrath

From: Jodi Foor

Dear M. C. McGrath

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration.

Due to the nature of your request, we have forwarded your request (received
in our office on May 17, 2016) to our Office of Research Services, Special
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We are also forwarding your request to the Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Date: Tue, May 17, 2016 at 5:35 AM
Subject: Freedom of Information Request: Oliver Tambo (National Archives
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To: foia@nara.gov

May 17, 2016
National Archives and Records Administration
FOIA Officer
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 3110
College Park, MD 20740

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All documents on, about or concerning Oliver Reginald Tambo (born 27
October 1917 in Nkantolo, Bizana, South Africa and died 24 April 1993 in
Johannesburg, South Africa).

Tambo's death has been reported by the New York Times (
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/04/25/obituaries/oliver-tambo-is-dead-at-75-led-assault-on-apartheid.html):
"Oliver Tambo Is Dead at 75; Led Assault on Apartheid"

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,

M. C. McGrath

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From: Jennifer Cuddeback

Dear M.C. McGrath,

This email is in response to your request dated May 17, 2016 for release of
information from the Johnson Library under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA)(5 U.S.C., 552 as amended). Your request for access to documents
pertaining to Oliver Reginald Tambo was received by the Johnson Library on
May 18, 2016.

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., 552(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.

You can find a *guide to our holdings*
<http://www.lbjlibrary.net/collections/subject-guides/foreign.html> on
Africa on our website. As you'll see from the guide, we have a good bit of
material on South Africa. While we cannot select individual documents for
you, you can conduct research in our files here to see if there is material
specifically on Mr. Tambo. We have a grant program that helps defray the
costs of a research visit. You can find information on our grants and the
application on *our website* <http://www.lbjlibrary.org/research> in the
Quick Llinks box. If you are unable to come here to do research yourself,
another option is to hire a local person to conduct research on your
behalf. We have a *list of proxy researchers*
<http://www.lbjlibrary.net/collections/independent-researchers.html>
available on our website.

Foreign policy researchers generally start with the National Security Files
(NSF), which contain cables, reports, and memos generated by all the major
Federal agencies, as well as by National Security Council staff members.
Some of the National Security Files that will be particularly useful to you
will be the Country Files, the Files of Edward Hamilton, and the Files of
Ulric Haynes. The White House Central File, Countries (CO) category also is
a rich source of material on South Africa.

While the guides will give you an overview of our collections, you can look
at the *finding aids*
<http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/holdings/content.asp> for
individual collections to see the lists of folders within them. Some of
our finding aids are available on our website. Many other finding aids are
available in electronic format but have not yet been posted to our site. If
there's a collection that looks particularly interesting to you, let me
know and I may be able to send you the finding aid via email.

If you haven't already done so, I suggest you look at the *Foreign
Relations of the United States*
<http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments> series. These volumes,
published by the Department of State, present the official documentary
history of US diplomatic policy. Please see in particular Volume 24 on
Africa. While I did not find any mentions of Oliver Tambo specifically, you
may find the material on South Africa in this volume interesting.

If you decide on a research visit to the Johnson Library, please let me
know the dates so that I will be available to meet with you when you
arrive. Our Reading Room is Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. We
are closed on all Federal holidays.

If you consider this response to be a denial of your FOIA request, you may
appeal by writing to the Deputy Archivist, the National Archives and
Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland
20740-6001. To be considered timely, your appeal should be received 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."

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. I can
be reached by email or by telephone at 512-721-0181.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Cuddeback
Archivist
LBJ Library

From: KevinM Bailey

Dear Mr. McGrath,

I was unable to locate any mention of Oliver Tambo in our collections but
here, in this message, is an overview of materials where what little we
have on apartheid and the African National Congress appear. We actually
have very little in the way of substance on the racial policy and issues of
the South African government in the 1950s.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us again.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Bailey
Reference Archivist
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
200 SE 4th St.
Abilene, KS 67410

KevinM.Bailey@nara.gov

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From: KevinM Bailey <kevinm.bailey@nara.gov>
Date: Fri, May 27, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Subject: Re; looking for Oliver Tambo of the African National Congress
To: Jodi Foor <jodi.foor@nara.gov>
Cc: "Rives, Timothy" <timothy.rives@nara.gov>

Dear Mr. McGrath,

Thank you for your inquiry. A key word search using "Tambo" yielded no
hits. I also used "apartheid" and "African National Congress to see if
Oliver Tambo might appear within any files on those subjects and found only
the following:

*WHITE HOUSE OFFICE: NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL STAFF: Records*
OCB Secretariat Series
Box 4: Dr. Lilly-Miscellaneous (1) [Foreign Service Despatch re US Embassy
contacts with non-
whites in South Africa and South African Government’s disapproval;
reference to apartheid (Tambo or no other names found)

*RICHARD M. BISSELL JR. PAPERS, Correspondence Series, 1931-1994*
Box 18, folder, "Personal Chrono File, 1982-1983" [December 4, 1982, form
letter to Bissell from Robert McNamara enclosing “The Road Ahead”, a speech
on apartheid delivered by McNamara]
(Tambo or no other names seen)

*BOOKMAN, GEORGE B.: Papers, 1981-1993*
Box 1, folder, "Chapter 20" [includes a brief mention of South Africa and
apartheid but no names of people mentioned]

I found only two instances of the African National Congress as described
here:

*EISENHOWER, DWIGHT D.: Post-Presidential Papers, 1961-1969*, 1964
Principal File
Box 32, folder "De 3" [letter of Oct. 28, 1964 to Eisenhower from Maj.
Gen. Sir Francis W. de Guingand accompanied by a 30 page manuscript warning
Eisenhower about the link between Albert Luthuli of the *African National
Congress *and African Communists. In a quick skimming through the pages I
did notice Mandela every so often but no sign of Tambo, .

*WHITE HOUSE OFFICE: OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY
AFFAIRS: Records*
NSC Series, Policy Papers Subseries
Boxes 21-22 "NSC 5719/1 U.S. Policy Towards Africa (1)(2)" [*Report on
Africa South of the Sahara*, includes a brief summary of "racialist (sic)
policies of the Nationalist Government." and brief mention of the *ANC *and
Communist influence on same and that the South African. government's
approach to the black majority is "basically colonialist in the worst sense
of the word". No mention of names of people.

I also looked at files on South Africa in the *Official File of the White
House Central Files* and found no mention of Tambo or any other ANC figures
let alone the organization. All correspondence was about or to and from
the white minority government. I found the same situation in the Union of
South Africa folders of the *International File* of *EISENHOWER, DWIGHT
D.:, Papers as President*

In conclusion, I was not able to locate anything about Mr. Tambo despite
trying a couple of other search options to see if he might appear in
regards to apartheid or the ANC.

If we can be of any further assistance please contact us again.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Bailey
Reference Archivist
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
200 SE 4th St.
Abilene, KS 67410

KevinM.Bailey@nara.gov

From: Marie Carpenti

Marie Carpenti
Admin Aide
Reference Services
Textual Archives Services Division
8601 Adelphi Road, Rm. 2400
College Park, Md. 20740-6001
301-837-3091

From: Connie Beach-Sims

Dear Mr. M.C. McGrath:

This letter is in response to your June 3, 2016 Freedom of Information Act
(RD-50187), that we received on June 1, 2016 requesting copies all
documents on, about or concerning Oliver Reginald Tambo.

I have located several documents pertaining to Oliver Reginald Tambo, in
Record Group 59 State Department, *Central Foreign Policy Files. 1970-1979**.
*The records are available online to the public, please visit our website
at archives.gov. Click on Research our Records, proceed to the bottom of
the page and click on Access to Archival Database, click on Diplomatic
Records and then type in Oliver Tambo.

If you consider this an adverse response, you may appeal by writing to the
Deputy Archivist (ND), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi
Road, College Park, Maryland, 20740-6001, and explain why you think our
search does not meet the requirements of the FOIA. You also may email your
appeal to foia@nara.gov. Please note "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" in
the subject line of your email and be sure to include your case number. *Your
appeal must be sent within **60 days of the date of this letter.*

Sincerely,

Connie F. Beach-Sims
Archives Specialist
Archives ll Section (RD-T2)
Email:Connie.Beach@Nara.Gov
(301) 837-0804

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