Vera Shlakman, FBI file

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead filed this request with the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States of America.
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1390548 - 000, 1391033 - 000, RD 55643

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From: Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Vera Shlakman, an obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 28, 2017 under the headline "Vera Shlakman, Professor Fired During Red Scare, Dies at 108". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/obituaries/vera-shlakman-professor-fired-during-red-scare-dies-at-108.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Higgins,

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act
request to the National Archives and Records Administration, via
FOIA@nara.gov.

Because you have requested access to historically permanent federal
records, we have forwarded your FOIA request, received in our office on
December 26, 2017, to our Office of Research Services, Special Access and
FOIA staff, for further review and handling. As a result, you will be
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Date: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 11:38 AM
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information Request #1390548 - 000, 1391033 - 000
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National Archives and Records Administration
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December 23, 2017

This is a follow up to request number 1390548 - 000, 1391033 - 000:

To Whom It May Concern:

This FOIA request is being forwarded to your office for processing, as
described in the attached letter. Please confirm that you've received this
message.

Thanks so much for all of your help, now and always, and we hope you are
having a wonderful holiday season.

Best wishes,
Beryl Lipton, MuckRock

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On Dec. 21, 2017:
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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On Dec. 19, 2017:
There are eFOIA files available for you to download.
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On Dec. 5, 2017:
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On Nov. 27, 2017:
To Whom It May Concern:

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

A copy of all documents or FBI files pertaining to Vera Shlakman, an
obituary of whom was published in The New York Times on November 28, 2017
under the headline "Vera Shlakman, Professor Fired During Red Scare, Dies
at 108". Please see attached PDF copy of that obituary, which may also be
found at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/obituaries/vera-
shlakman-professor-fired-during-red-scare-dies-at-108.html.

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,

Parker Higgins, FOIA The Dead

Filed via MuckRock.com
E-mail (Preferred): requests@muckrock.com
Upload documents directly: https://www.muckrock.com/accounts/agency_login/
national-archives-and-records-administration-129/vera-
shlakman-fbi-file-46181/?email=foia%40nara.gov&uuid-
login=df7bb451-6f99-4f08-8b9c-0f864237710a#agency-reply
Is this email coming to the wrong contact? Something else wrong? Use the
above link to let us know.

For mailed responses, please address (see note):
MuckRock News
DEPT MR 46181
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516

PLEASE NOTE: This request is not filed by a MuckRock staff member, but is
being sent through MuckRock by the above in order to better track, share,
and manage public records requests. Also note that improperly addressed
(i.e., with the requester's name rather than "MuckRock News" and the
department number) requests might be returned as undeliverable.

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From: National Archives and Records Administration

Dear Mr. Higgins,

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information Act request of
December 23, 2017 for records in the custody of the National Archives and
Records Administration. Your request for FBI case file 100-NY-112517 on
Vera Shlakman was received in this office on December 26, 2017 and assigned
FOIA tracking number RD 55643.

You requested access to case file number 100-NY-112517, identified by the
FBI as potentially responsive to your request for records relating to Vera
Shlakman. My initial assessment confirms that Vera Shlakman is in fact the
subject of the file. The file consists of 103 pages, compiled as part of an
internal security investigation conducted between 12/3/1952 and 10/25/1968.

The FBI file you requested, case file 100-NY-112517, has already been
reviewed under FOIA number NW 36363 and the information has been released
to the greatest extent possible. The file was redacted to protect the
identities of confidential sources per 5 USC 552 (b)(7)(D). A summary of
the results of the review is provided below:

FBI file 100-NY-112517: 103 total pages; 85 pages released in full and 18
pages released in redacted form.

You or your representative may view the redacted documents at the National
Archives facility in College Park, Maryland. Please contact Jessica Hartman
at least one week in advance of your visit at jessica.hartman@nara.gov to
arrange to see the records. If you cannot visit our College Park facility,
you may order a reproduction copy at the cost of $.80 per page. Please
contact Ms. Hartman to place an order.

This concludes the processing of your request. If you have questions,
please contact me directly at megan.dwyre@nara.gov or 301-837-0488.

If you are not satisfied with my action on this request, you have the right
to file an administrative appeal within ninety (90) calendar days from the
date of this letter. Appeals must be in writing and may be delivered by
regular U.S. mail or by e-mail. By filing an appeal, you preserve your
rights under the Freedom of Information Act and present the deciding agency
with an opportunity to review your request and reconsider its decision. If
you submit your appeal by regular mail, it should be addressed to the
Deputy Archivist of the United States (ND), National Archives and Records
Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, Room 4200, College Park, Maryland
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should reference FOIA tracking number RD 55643.

If you would like the opportunity to discuss my response and attempt to
resolve your dispute without initiating the appeals process, you may
contact our FOIA Public Liaison for assistance:

Accessioned Executive Branch Records – Washington, DC Area
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FOIA Public Liaison: Martha Wagner Murphy
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If you are unable to resolve your dispute through our Public Liaison, the
Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is the federal FOIA
ombudsman. OGIS offers mediation services to help resolve disputes between
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Sincerely,

Megan Dwyre
Special Access and FOIA Staff
National Archives at College Park, MD
https://www.archives.gov/research/foia

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