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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl Originally from: Fredrick Rea O Keefe Original Subject: RESOURCE: 1,000 s of DoD Films via
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2000
      Forwarded by: fwestra@...
      Originally from: "Fredrick Rea O'Keefe" <fredrick@...>
      Original Subject: RESOURCE: 1,000's of DoD Films via FOI Act
      Original Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2000 18:33:38 -0500

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      by Michael Ravnitzky, mikerav@...

      Recently I received a large partial inventory list of thousands of
      Defense Department motion picture films and videotapes. I have selected
      a tiny sampling of these films that seem interesting for some reason or
      other, or have remained classified for years despite evidence of some
      public interest in their contents. This is just a personal selection;
      please keep that in mind. There are thousands and thousands other films
      out there waiting to be viewed.

      The source of these film titles and catalogue numbers are the film
      transfer lists and proposed transfer inventories held by the National
      Archives and DVIC.

      Forthcoming lists of films in various subject areas will contain the
      addresses at the bottom rather than at the top.

      Most of these films are either restricted in distribution or are still
      marked as classified, either confidential or secret, as noted. However,
      most of these films have not been reviewed for declassification or
      public release in many years, or even decades. You can request a copy
      of any of these films by writing to the following two addresses and
      requesting a copy of the film under the Freedom of Information Act. All
      of these films will be available and under the authority of one or both
      of the following two addresses.

      The first address is the Department of Defense [DoD] FOIA Office. Note:
      in your request letter to DoD, you may wish to mention that these films
      are or were under the responsibility of the Defense Visual Information
      Center, DVIC, but that FOIA requests to DVIC are processed by the DoD
      FOIA Office.

      WARNING: The DoD FOIA Office does not like to process requests for
      audio-visual materials such as motion picture films, because they are
      much more troublesome than requests for paper records. Nor do they have
      a very good track record in regard to processing such requests. Just
      keep careful track of your requests, and send in an inquiry if an
      excessive amount of time has gone by. You may need to send an appeal
      letter if too much time goes by.

      The second address is the National Archives office that has accessioned
      some of these films--it is not entirely clear which films were
      accessioned and which remain at DoD. One or both of these offices have
      all of these films.

      Freedom of Information Act Director
      telephone: (703) 697-1160
      Directorate for Freedom of Information
      1155 Defense Pentagon
      Washington, D.C. 20301

      William G. Lewis, Archivist
      Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch
      National Archives at College Park
      8601 Adelphi Road
      College Park, MD 20740-6001


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