The FBI File of Henwar Rodakiewicz

Rebecca McCarthy filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
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From: Rebecca McCarthy

To Whom It May Concern:

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

The FBI file of Henwar Rodakiewicz. He was a documentary filmmaker who was good friends with Georgia O’Keefe for some time. He was born in Vienna (I believe) in 1902 and definitely died February 12, 1976 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City. An obituary is available here:

https://www.nytimes.com/1976/03/03/archives/obituary-2-no-title.html

I request that I be properly classified as a news media requester. I am an regular freelancer for Longreads.com, and I am requesting this information in that editorial capacity.

Longreads is widely recognized for its reporting, publishing regular features on issues of public interest and importance, such as the below example:

https://longreads.com/2018/04/16/the-strike-chemicals-cancer-and-the-fight-for-health-care/

Some samples of my prior reporting work are available here:

https://longreads.com/2018/10/25/the-state-of-the-bookstore-union/
https://longreads.com/2018/12/24/will-amazon-finally-kill-new-york/

If you have any questions about my media status, please contact me.

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,

Rebecca McCarthy

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
February 26, 2019 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request was received in this office on March
5, 2019 and assigned FOIA case number *60627*.

You state in your request that your were interested in the FBI file of
Henwar Rodakiewicz. A search of all available indexes transferred to the
National Archives identified FBI case file 100-NY-121111 as potentially
responsive.

My initial assessment confirms that case file 100-NY-121111 case file is in
fact in the custody of the National Archives and that Henwar Rodakiewicz is
the subject of the file. The file has 62 pages, compiled as part of an
internal security investigation conducted between October 1954 and May
1963.

This file requires screening for categories of information exempted from
disclosure under the terms of the FOIA, prior to public release. In
particular, there are documents that may be redacted to protect the
identities of confidential sources, including FBI informant codes and
informant file numbers.

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