“IN A BOX,” OR NOT?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jul. 3, 2016) — On June 18, 2016, the day before Fathers’ Day, The New New York Times published an article under the byline of Rachel L. Swarns reporting that a collection of letters reportedly generated by Barack Hussein Obama Sr. between 1958 and 1964 had been discovered at The New York Public Library by archivist Christine McKay.

The article is titled, “Letters by and about Barack Obama’s Father” and subtitled “Words of Obama’s Father Still Waiting to be Read by His Son.”  The letter collection reportedly resides at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture within the New York Public Library.

The letters, depicted in images in the story, pertain to Obama Sr.’s quest for scholarship money to attend college in the United States, although he reportedly did not finish high school in Kenya. “He was ambitious and impetuous, a 22-year-old clerk who could type 75 words a minute and translate English into Swahili. But he had no money for college. So he pounded away on a typewriter in Nairobi, pleading for financial aid from universities and foundations across the Atlantic,” Swarns wrote.

Obama Sr. indicated his date of birth as June 18, 1934, that he was a British citizen, and that he was married with one child.  Swarns reported that his alleged “multiple marriages” received scrutiny from “immigration officials,” which is substantiated by documents released by the U.S. State Department in July 2010 to two FOIA requesters, Christopher Strunk and Kenneth Allen.

A date of birth for Obama Sr. has also been reported as June 18, 1936 (page 7).

Similar documents obtained by Heather Smathers report that Obama Sr. entered the U.S. on August 9, 1959.

Swarns did not report that Obama Sr.’s student visa was reportedly not renewed after Harvard University raised the issue of his alleged inappropriate involvement with female students both there and elsewhere.  In a memo dated April 27, 1964 (page 21), Obama Sr. reportedly said that he was separated from an American wife, with an examiner, M.F. McKeon, stating that she was currently “in the Philippines” although from Honolulu.

While Obama Sr. reportedly did not mention his relationship with Stanley Ann Dunham and his child on an application for financial aid to attend Harvard, the marriage and son were acknowledged on Obama’s request to extend his stay in the U.S. in 1964 (page 14).

For its article, The Times quoted Dr. Kahlil Gibran Muhammad, Schomburg Center Director, as having said of the collection, “The papers are rich; they tell a fascinating, traditional, self-made man’s story.  There’s a reason to bear witness to the personal legacy that is here.”  Muhammad is reportedly a native of Chicago’s South Side, which Barack Hussein Obama II represented in the Illinois state senate before successfully running for the U.S. Senate and then the White House.

A biography of Dr. Muhammad reports that “Muhammad is the great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad,” the latter of whom is the founder of the Nation of Islam.

After finally arriving in Hawaii through a circuitous route, Obama Sr. reportedly began his studies at the University of Hawaii in the fall of 1959.

At the time of this writing on Sunday, The New York Times is featuring stories related to the Obama Sr. story titled “Celebrating Black Culture with a Careful Eye” dated June 27 and “‘Roots’ for a Black Lives Matter Era” published on May 29.

Obama II has reportedly not seen the letter collection.  As reported by Swarns, “So for now, the records reside in Box 214 of the Phelps Stokes Fund collection in the Schomburg’s temperature-controlled, off-site storage facility. Whenever Mr. Obama is ready, the center’s director said, his father’s file will be waiting.”

On June 20, The Post & Email contacted the Schomburg Center through its website contact form to inquire about scheduling a viewing of the letter collection so as to write an exclusive article.  In our contact, we mistakenly referred to the library as a museum.

Last name: Rondeau
First name: Sharon
Email: editor@thepostemail.com
City: Canterbury
State: CT
Question:
On Saturday, a New York Times article reported that a box of letters written by Barack Obama Sr. had been found by an archivist at your museum.  Are those available to the public for viewing?  Could I obtain an interview with the person who discovered them?

Thank you very much.

Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
www.thepostemail.com
P.O. Box 113
Canterbury, CT  06331-0113
List any resources you have already consulted:
The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/nyregion/letters-by-and-about-barack-obamas-father.html

When submitting a request to view materials in the Center, the requester must agree to a lengthy disclaimer which includes the statement that not all requests for access to materials are granted.

We received the following response the same day, which reads:

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:48 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Rondeau
From: schomburgreference@nypl.org
To: editor@thepostemail.com
CC: schomburgarchives@nypl.org

Dear Sharon,

Thanks for contacting the Schomburg Center.  I’m forwarding your email to the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Book Division as the letters are contained in the Phelps-Stokes Collection.

Best,

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

(212) 491-2218

As we did not hear from the Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Book Division, on June 29 we contacted the division directly, from which we received the following response:

From:

 Steven Fullwood (stevenfullwood@nypl.org)
Sent: Wed 6/29/16 3:29 PM
To: editor@thepostemail.com; schomburgarchives@nypl.org

Dear Ms. Rondeau,

Thank you for your inquiry.

The Obama Sr. student file (not a box) is available to researchers at the Schomburg Center, which is a library, not a museum. The file forms part of the Phelps-Stokes Fund Records (PSF).

Christine McKay, the staff member who was interviewed in the New York Times article about the Obama Sr. student file, has retired.

If you have any additional questions, I will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,
Steven G. Fullwood

Associate Curator
Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Manager
BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, New York 10037

stevenfullwood@nypl.org
Schomburgcenter.org
212.491.2226 Direct line
212.491.2037 Fax

to which we responded:

Thank you very much, Mr. Fullwood.  Is there someone, perhaps Ms. McKay’s replacement, who could answer some questions as to how the documents were located, compiled, by whom, and when they became available to the public?  I know The Times said that their existence was made known to the White House sometime in 2013 but not necessarily to the general public until its article published on June 18.

Would it be possible for me or one of my colleagues to view and photograph the collection for purposes of an article?

Thank you very much.

Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
www.thepostemail.com

to which we are awaiting a response.

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  1. I think there is a possibility that Obama was adopted by Dunham (either legally or surreptitiously). This would explain Hawaii’s posture regarding Obama’s Birth Certificate while insisting that Obama was “born” in Hawaii notwithstanding that no birth records can be found for him there (Hawaii apparentl seals the “actual birth record” and a new record is issued as though the adoptee were born to the adopting parent(s) (these records are also sealed apparently).
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    It also explains the need for a “fake daddy” which also probably assisted Obama senior’s agenda until he was anchored here. Check out Hawaii’s protocol for adoptions – the records are sealed and a new Birth Certificate is made listing the adopted parents.

    ELmo

  2. Up to now, everything has been 100% fake and fabricated why should we
    expect anything different? As in the movie “Cool Hand Luke” if I have remembered it correctly, Paul Newman as the actor/character was escaping the chain gang and had made a mixture of spices/pepper to shake in the air on his trail to “shake-off” the hound dogs.

    Fellow hound dogs while perhaps our vision may be limited our noses
    smells poop and we’ll be back on the trail ASAP. Indeed, the timing of this info is suspect. More than likely what we have here is fools gold.

    From Sheriff Arpaio, Linda Jordan, Mara Zebest, Paul Irey, Philip Berg, Israeli Science & Technology, Jerome Corsi, WND, Canada Free Press, Surprise Tea Party, Post & Email, and many, many others, I am thankful for their efforts and the evidence they have provided.

    We are still in the race. Let’s keep our power dry and continue to
    fight. Continue to get the word out and contact your Congressmen on
    this fraud. Find your reps. at: http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov
    Find yours by last name or your home state.

  3. Oh man, did they open a box of worms. I can bet these are forgeries just like all the rest.

    Why did they make this information public in the first place if it dealt with personal letters from Barry’s fictional daddy?

    This entire story they fed out sounds fraudulent from the beginning. Barry’s daddy was married to someone else at the time this false narrative Barry spun to get elected much like Teddy Cruz and papa who too appeared to be married when he shacked up with Eleanor in Canada.

    Further, Barry’s fake daddy abandoned both him and his mommy because he had no use for either Barry or his fake mommy which I can fully understand.

    So a box, treasure trove of personal letters to BO? This should be interesting.