Hi, I'm working with images I took with a smartphone from the contents of a folder housed in RG 117. Unfortunately, certain documents referenced within it, are missing. In other words, there are well over 100 pages in a folder, a dozen or so of which reference documents that *should* be in this folder as well, but are now. These missing documents/pages are nevertheless the same documents that I immediately self-identify as being worthy of classification for national security and other reasons at the time (1930s)--which seems to explain why all of these pages, are missing.
I'm on a quest for finding these missing pages and presume one of these two scenarios to be true:
- the agency of origin intentionally failed to include these documents with whatever it sent to NARA--perhaps by breaking official protocol/policy
- NARA did receive all documents, including those that I see are missing, but removed the sensitive pages from the rest of the document set, and classified them.
My hunch is that #2 happened, but I have no evidence this was the case. Question: did NARA have a protocol at the time for dealing with situations like this, perhaps by inserting a boilerplate card or memo in the folder, to inform future researchers that certain pages have been removed and classified? If the answer is "yes," then let's presume human error occurred and somehow this never happened.
In this scenario, Question-2: can your folks help researchers identify probable boxes/folders in classified section (that the missing pages might be in)---or better yet, actually do a pull and validate where these pages are? If whomever responds to this is willing to do one quick final favor; I'd be grateful: URLs for whatever researchers need to do, in advance, to see presently-classified material which we are highly confident could be de-classified, today. (Also, it's possible NARA removed these and placed them in a non-classified group; one that could be accessed via a FOIA request). Many thanks in advance for answering these questions! Your answer might save them from emailing you in the future.