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Nina Gilden Seavey FOIA Documents Collection

Identifier: LH-wua00539

Over 150,000 pages of FBI and other federal agency documents concerning the lead-up and aftermath of the burning of an Air Force ROTC building on the Washington University campus on May 4, 1970.

All materials in the collection are digital.

An index of FBI classification numbers in the collection is available, see: FBI File Numbers St. Louis


  • Creation: 1950-2019
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965-1975


Conditions Governing Access

Please request digital access by contacting the Department of Special Collections,

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)


38 Gigabytes (4435 digital files)

Historical Information

Most materials in the collection were obtained by Nina Gilden Seavey via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in 2015. These documents, along with additional research and publicly available documents, were utilized by Seavey to create the documentary podcast series “My Fugitive” (Pineapple Street Studios, 2021) and to publish “Surveillance and Subversion of Student Activists, 1967-1970: Standoff in St. Louis,” a chapter in Left in the Midwest: St. Louis Progressive Activism in the 1960s and 1970s (University of Missouri Press, December 2022). 


My Fugitive FOIA Documents Collection is divided into six series:

Series 01: FOIA files from FBI and NARA

Series 02: FOIA Files - My Fugitive Research Copy

Series 03: Timelines

Series 04: Research and Files on LaParade

Series 05: FBI Oral Histories

Series 06: Research and Files on Confidential Informants

This structure followes how folders/sub-folders were digitally arranged by the donor prior to transfer to the archives.

See additional descriptions at the series level for further details.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number LH2023-006. Gift of Nina Gilden Seavey, November 2022.

Digital Access

While the entirety of this collection is in digital format, it is not presently availble online due to technical constraints.

Please request digital access by contacting the Department of Special Collections,

After contacting the department an access link to browse, download, and search the files will be provided.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Sarah Schnuriger, January 2023. Descriptions by Robert Manley and Miranda Rectenwald, February 2023.

Nina Gilden Seavey FOIA Documents Collection
January 2023
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Collecting Area Details

Part of the Local History Collecting Area

Miranda Rectenwald
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495