Friday, November 24, 2017

Richard Jacobs 181-10002-10245

Richard A. Jacobs 181-10002-10245

When I saw the name on the subject of this record I thought it referred to Richard Jacobs, the State Department officer who was arrested in Moscow while picking up a dead drop for a double agent - I think it was Penkovsky.

As mentioned in "The Invisible Government" by Thomas Ross and David Wise, Jacobs was a former neighbor of mine - from Egg Habor, N.J. but this document refers to another Richard Jacob - the Deputy Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries.

This is a common problem, where there are more than one person with the same name, a problem, exemplified by the example of Richard Sprague, Esq., the first chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), whose congressional records are now in his Philadelphia law office because the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) confused him with Richard Sprague, the commputer tech assassintation researcher whose extensive records collection is included in the JFK Collection at the National Archives.

There are numerous other examples of this same name confusion, that I will elaborate on ASAP.

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