Records on poppy seed production and imports from Mexico

John Dyer filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.


From: Victor Michel

To Whom It May Concern:

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

I request any and all documents pertaining USG programs related to poppy seed production in Mexico during World War II for the manufacture of morphine and/or additional painkillers. Please include or point me to any and all documents pertaining any and all programs managed by the United States Government in the Mexican states of Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Chihuahua for the production of this seed, including any technical assistance by the USG as well as statistics on the quantity of poppy seeds or morphine imported from Mexico during FY 1930 to 1950.

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.


Victor Michel

From: National Archives

From: National Archives at College Park