Records, Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith (1946 – 2020)

T. McElwee filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
Due Jan. 28, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: T. McElwee


To Whom It May Concern:

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

Records transferred to NARA from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bearing the following numbers:

40-HQ-84731
100-HQ-451373
100-HQ-460598
100-HQ-481974
176-HQ-1594

My original request to the FBI is included below for reference:

"Records mentioning or pertaining to the late Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith, a known associate of the late Timothy Leary arrested with him in 1973. Harcourt-Smith is noted as subsequently cooperating with the Bureau.

"For specificity and to rule out duplicate/same name records, I submit the following identifying information:

"Full name: Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith
"Place of birth: St. Moritz, Switzerland
"Date of birth: 1/13/1946
"Date of death: 10/11/2020
"First 5 digits of Social Security Number: 585-57

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,

T. McElwee

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear T. McElwee,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA requests according to
our normal procedures. We have assigned your request the temporary tracking
number RF-468. When we resume normal operations, we will log requests into
our system in the order they were received. At that time, we will provide
you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more substantive response. We
apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and
patience.

Jermaine Scott
Archives Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Program

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear T. McElwee:

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
of December 29, 2020 for records in the custody of the National Archives
and Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on
December 29, 2020 and assigned FOIA tracking number RD 64931, interim
tracking number RF-468.

You requested access to the following 5 case files identified by the FBI as
potentially responsive to your request for records “mentioning or
pertaining to the late Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith, a known associate of
the late Timothy Leary.”

1.

You requested access to FBI file number 40-HQ-84731. Our initial
assessment is that SDS/Timothy Leary is the subject of the records, compiled
as part of a Passport and Visa Matters (Classification 40)
investigation, created
between September 1970 and November 1976, and consisting of an estimated
12,000 pages.

1.

You requested access to FBI file number 100-HQ-460598. Our initial
assessment is that Timothy Leary Jr. is the subject of the records, compiled
as part of a Domestic Security (Classification 100) investigation, created
between April 1966 and September 1975, and consisting of an estimated 1,800
pages.

1.

You requested access to FBI file number 100-HQ-451373. Our initial
assessment is that Robert Henry Roth is the subject of the records, compiled
as part of a Domestic Security (Classification 100) investigation, created
between October 1968 and November 1977, and consisting of an estimated 600
pages. Based on our initial evaluation, this file is deemed unresponsive to
your request because Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith and Timothy Leary are
not the subjects of the file. If we do not receive a response from you
within ninety (90) calendar days from the date of this letter to indicate
you believe the records are responsive, we will administratively close this
portion of your case.

1.

You requested access to FBI file number 100-HQ-481974. Our initial
assessment is that James W. Target Jr. (Dennis L. Kelly) is the subject
of the records, compiled as part of a Domestic Security (Classification
100) investigation, created between December 1974 and March 1981, and
consisting of an estimated 1,500 pages. Based on our initial evaluation,
this file is deemed unresponsive to your request because Joanna Marysia
Harcourt-Smith and Timothy Leary are not the subjects of the file. If we
do not receive a response from you within ninety (90) calendar days from
the date of this letter to indicate you believe the records are responsive,
we will administratively close this portion of your case.

1.

You requested access to FBI file number 176-HQ-1594. Our initial
assessment is that WEATHFUG is the subject of the records, compiled as
part of an Anti Riot Laws (Classification 176) investigation, created
between April 1970 and January 1974, and consisting of an estimated 27,000
pages. Based on our initial evaluation, this file is deemed unresponsive to
your request because Joanna Marysia Harcourt-Smith and Timothy Leary are
not the subjects of the file. If we do not receive a response from you
within ninety (90) calendar days from the date of this letter to indicate
you believe the records are responsive, we will administratively close this
portion of your case.

These records require review for information protected from release under the
FOIA <https://www.archives.gov/foia/foia-guide#determine>:
https://www.archives.gov/foia/foia-guide#determine.

The estimated total page count for your request (40-HQ-84731 & 100-HQ-460598)
is 13,800 pages. Requests that exceed 3,000 pages are assigned to our
third-tier processing queue. You will receive a response in partial
fulfillment of your request after we have completed the first increment. We
will provide you with an update on the status of your request and an
estimated completion date at that time. To give you an indication of our
existing third-tier backlog, we are currently processing requests received
in August 2013.

Once we notify you that processing is complete, you may either visit our
College Park, MD facility to view the file at no cost, or order a
reproduction. Our current fee for reproductions is 80 cents per page, so we
estimate the total cost will be $11,040 if you choose that option.

If you are willing to narrow your request for a potentially faster
processing time, please contact us to discuss narrowing options.

You must notify this office of changes to your contact information. If
communication is returned as undeliverable and no return address is
provided, your case will be administratively closed. To change your contact
information or to track the status of your request, please email
specialaccess_foia@nara.gov or call 301-837-3190. Please include your FOIA
tracking number in all communications concerning this request.

If you are not satisfied with our action on this request and would like the
opportunity to discuss our response, you may contact our FOIA Public
Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area

FOIA Requester Service Center: 301-837-3190

FOIA Public Liaison: Rebecca Calcagno

8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001

dc.foia.liaison@nara.gov

301-837-3190

If you have other questions regarding your request, please contact me
directly.

Sincerely,

Brigitte Flynn

Archives Specialist

Special Access and FOIA Program (RF)

8601 Adelphi Rd., Room 5500

College Park, MD 20740-6001
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear T. McElwee,

I am writing in response to your request for an updated status on the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request received by this office for
records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to provide status updates for
FOIA requests. Once normal operating procedures resume, we will provide you
with a response to your status update request. We apologize for this
inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience. Please note,
we will not respond to status update requests more than once every six
months.

In my email to you last month, the following processing timeline was
provided: "The estimated total page count for your request (40-HQ-84731 &
100-HQ-460598) is 13,800 pages. Requests that exceed 3,000 pages are
assigned to our third-tier processing queue. You will receive a response in
partial fulfillment of your request after we have completed the first
increment. We will provide you with an update on the status of your request
and an estimated completion date at that time. To give you an indication of
our existing third-tier backlog, we are currently processing requests
received in August 2013."

Sincerely,
Brigitte Flynn
Special Access & FOIA Program

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