Trinitite Jewelry

Martin Pfeiffer filed this request with the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Martin Pfeiffer

To Whom It May Concern:

1) This is a FOIA Request
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any records, photographs, reports, documents, communications, or memos discussing or related to the provision of Trinitite (also sometimes called Atomsite) or related materials to the US Army (or other branches of US military), private individuals, news media, corporations, or other government or private entities for the purposes of public relations, education, creating jewelry, display, or commemorative items. Please be sure to search for any records related to the provision of Trinitite for the creation of Trinitite jewelry for Merle Oberon or Pat Burrage (which was designed by Mark Koven). You may restrict your search to responsive records created in the dates between and including July 16, 1945 and March 31, 1946. To assist with locating some of the responsive records please find attached a brief feature piece from Mechanix Illustrated March 1946 discussing some of the aforementioned jewelry.

As the FOIA requires please release all reasonably segregable portions of responsive records. If you withhold records or portions of records then please indicate under which exemption you claim to do so and provide me with my options for appeal.

2) Fees and Fee Status
I am a PhD student at the University of New Mexico and the information requested is for academic and public education purposes, including my PhD dissertation project, and not primarily for commercial use. Furthermore, I will make responsive records available to the public via my academic publications and presentations as well as on social media and my blog. In addition I will disseminate these records via the newsite MuckRock.Com. Please note that you can access my UNM student profile page at the following url:
Therefore, as per Sack v. DOD (2016) I qualify for educational institution fee status and ask that you process my request accordingly. In your response please confirm that you will be processing my request under the educational institution fee status. I agree to pay fees up to $30 without additional notice. In the event that there are fees exceeding $30 then please inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

3) Record Delivery and Communications
I hereby request that all records generated by this request be delivered in electronic format via email or, if that is not possible, on CD-ROM if available. If you have any questions or information regarding this request then please do not hesitate to contact me, preferably via email. Please provide an email address through which I can contact you to discuss this request. You may, and I request that you do so, engage in rolling release of responsive documents.

I look forward to receiving your response within the twenty day statutory period. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and time in this matter.

Martin Pfeiffer

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer, The attached PDF acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request. If you have questions email me anytime. Thank you, Kari Martinez
FOIA/PA Specialist

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Pfeiffer,

Please see the attached revised acknowledgement letter for FOIA 19-00124-KM.

Thank you,

From: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

Dear Mr. Martin Pfeiffer,

The attached documents complete our response to your FOIA request FOIA 19-00124-KM, this case is now closed.


Kari Martinez
CE2 Contractor
FOIA/PA Project Manager
Office of the General Counsel
(505) 845-4887<>

From: Martin Pfeiffer


Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Martin Pfeiffer