9 Replies Latest reply on Aug 19, 2016 6:44 AM by Onaona Guay

    A lost folder at NARA?

    Bill Streifer

      A couple of years ago, I requested a list of Japanese nuclear documents, all under one Record Group. Since I was unable to afford then all, and I obviously didn't know what they said until after I read them, I ordered the most promising one. And I was right; it was very important.

       

      Now I have someone willing to travel to NARA to photograph the entire lot (about 1,500-2,000) pages, so I requested a quote from NARA and an exact citation so she'd know where to go to make copies. No response yet. And when I searched for them online -- by keyword, title, description, university name, country, etc. -- nothing came up. All I could get to was the right RG number, but nothing deeper than that. So she can't go, and I can't get my copies.

       

      What I suspect happened is that in 2013 or 2014, they were moved elsewhere and no one bothered to note where they came from and where they went. I even filed a FOIA request to understand the chain of custody, and got no reply.

       

      Is it possible they are gone for good? Nothing would make me happier since the report I ordered may be the only copy available in the world. On the other hand, I still want to know what those other 1,000+ pages say.

       

      Any suggestions?

      P.S.

       

      If you contact me directly, I can tell you the RG # and provide a full description.... but not here.