Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FOIA request to FBI, Paul Wallace Gates

May 26, 2010

David M. Hardy, Chief
Record/Information Dissemination Section
Records Management Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Department of Justice
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4843

Dear Mr. Hardy:

This is a noncommercial request submitted pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

I am requesting copies of all records created, received or maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), including all cross-references, that are indexed to Paul Wallace Gates.

I believe he may have come to the attention of the FBI in 1948 during the Henry A. Wallace presidential campaign.

By way of background, Mr. Gates was a scholar of American history, whose last teaching job was at Cornell University. He died on Jan. 5, 1999. I have enclosed two obituaries.

The scope of this request should be construed to include "main" files and "see references," including but not limited to numbered and lettered sub files and control files. The search parameters should include a search of the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Index, or any similar technique for locating records of electronic surveillance. I request that all records be produced with the administrative pages. I wish to be sent copies of "see reference" cards, abstracts, search slips, including search slips used to process this request, file covers, multiple copies of the same documents if they appear in a file, tapes of any electronic surveillance, photographs, and logs of physical surveillance (FISUR). Please place missing documents on "special locate."

Please search your COINTELPRO files.

Furthermore, the scope of the search should not be limited to FBI-originated records and should be construed to include records that are currently in the possession of a U.S. Government contractor for purposes of records management.

If you deny all or any part of this request, please cite each specific exemption that forms the basis of your refusal to release the information and notify me of appeal procedures available under the law. I would request that any records produced in response to this request be provided in electronic (soft-copy) form wherever possible. Acceptable formats are .pdf, .jpg, .gif, .tif.


Dr. Ivan Greenberg
2105 Wallace Ave. #5A
Bronx, NY 10462


Paula Gaubert said...

Hello Mr. Greenberg,
I am Paul Wallace Gates' grand-daughter, and recently got it out of my mother (Lillian "Sue") that my grandfather was the secretary for the New York progressive party; She was just a little girl at the time, but went around with him to meetings. She didn't hear of him being bothered by the FBI, but my she herself was certainly investigated very thoroughly when applying for a job (as secretary) at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. I am the unofficial family historian, and would surely love to know if you get anything out of the FBI !
Paula (Goodman) Gaubert

Ivan Greenberg said...

The FOIA office at the FBI told me there were no records on Prof. Gates. I also am aware that he worked for the NY Progressive Party active in the 1948 Presidential election campaign. That activism might have gotten him an FBI file.

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