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The vast majority of records at the National Archives and Records Administration are open for research. There is no need to file a FOIA request for records that are open.
If the records you are interested in are open or if you are unsure if the records are open, please use the Contact NARA form to send more specific information about the records you are looking for.
Contact NARA form
If the records you want are classified, then you may need to file a FOIA request. Directions for submitting a FOIA request can be found in:
National Archives and Records Administration Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reference Guide
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Hi Mike Briggs,
At the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, or any Presidential library from Reagan to the present, if the records are not already open and available then yes, you have to file a FOIA request.
Your FOIA request needs to be in writing, and it must state that it is a FOIA request. It needs to be as specific as possible (including names, dates, locations, etc). Finally, you must provide all of your current contact information (name, phone number, mailing address, email address).
Please note that if you have requests for multiple topics, please submit each topic separately.
What we have open at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library is here: Clinton Digital Library.
FOIA information for the Clinton library can be found at http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/foia.html.
More information about the FOIA is available at http://www.archives.gov/foia/foia-guide.html .