Jean Dorothy Seberg


Overview


Born: 13 November 1938
Died: 30 August 1979

Alternate Names: Jean Seberg Gary, Jean Seberg Morevil
Aliases: Aretha, Arisa

This file documents the FBI’s investigation of actor and activist Jean Seberg. The documents show that the investigation was almost entirely politically driven. The only indication that the FBI ever had that Seberg was involved in criminal activity was when they received a completely unsubstantiated tip that Seberg had obtained plastic explosives from a student revolutionary group in France to give to Raymond “Masai” Hewitt of the Black Panther Party.

FBI interest began when it was noted that Seberg was providing funds to Hakim Jamal (Allen Donaldson) and the Organization of Afro American Unity and that she had given a copy of the movie Z to the Black Panther Party. Bureau interest remained as Seberg continued supporting Black Power activists and organizations.

The FBI extensively followed Seberg’s personal life, primarily through wiretaps on BPP offices, and hoped to use activities in her personal life to discredit her political activism. However, there is no evidence in this file to indicate the FBI actually did so. While the FBI had planned to give information to Hollywood gossip columnists that Jean Seberg was pregnant, and Raymond Hewitt of the BPP was the father, the Los Angeles Field Office was ordered to wait until Seberg was more visibly pregnant. According to FBI documents, the rumor was published before the FBI could act, and the proposed action remained under consideration. The columnist who wrote the piece, Joyce Haber of the Los Angeles Times, published it as a blind item—meaning she did not name Seberg. Haber later said she did not receive the tip from the FBI. Moreover, the piece that caused Seberg such great distress and is said to have resulted in her premature labor was published later by Newsweek, which identified Seberg by name. The FBI had never planned to contact Newsweek, and the magazine later indicated that it received the tip from a French correspondent. The only action against Seberg documented in this file is placing an Immigration and Naturalization Service F-3 Stop on her, which mandated a search of her luggage when traveling.

While the Bureau appears to have lost interest in Seberg after she left the United States, these documents also indicate that Seberg was the subject of Paris Legal Attaché File 100-PAR-717, which was subsequently destroyed.

The latter part of this file largely consists of letters from aggrieved members of the public upon learning of the FBI's baseless political and personal investigation of Seberg.

FOIA Information


This release consists of 382 pages of previously processed documents. A request for an additional search has been submitted, and more documents may be forthcoming.

List of Deletions

Files Held by the National Archives


157-LA-3912 v. 1
157-LA-3912 Sub A
157-NY-5789
157-OM-771

Documents

SERIAL DATE DOCUMENT CROSS REFERENCES
157-HQ-13876-3 1969 June 3 Moore to Sullivan • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-3 1969 June 4 Director to SAC Los Angeles
157-HQ-13876-2 1969 June 5 Director to Legal Attaché, Paris • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-1 1969 June 5 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-4 1969 June 6 Director to SAC Los Angeles
157-HQ-13876-7 1969 June 9 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-HQ-13876-6 1969 June 9 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director
157-HQ-13876-7 1969 June 10 Director to Legal Attaché, Rome and Legal Attaché, Paris
157-HQ-13876-16 1969 June 11 Director to Attorney General • Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-8 1969 June 11 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director and Legal Attaché, Rome • Romain Gary
157-HQ-13876-5 1969 June 12 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director and Legal Attaché, Paris
157-HQ-13876-10 1969 June 13 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director
157-HQ-13876-13 1969 June 20 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director
157-HQ-13876-9 1969 June 23 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Elaine Brown
157-HQ-13876-12 1969 June 23 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-HQ-13876-12 1969 June 23 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-14 1969 June 23 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director
157-HQ-13876-15 1969 June 24 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director • Nelo Risi
157-HQ-13876-11 1969 June 26 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director • Romain Gary
100-HQ-444622-44
157-HQ-13876
1969 July 2 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-17 1969 July 10 Moore to Sullivan • Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
100-HQ-444622
157-13876
1969 July 14 Director to Legal Attaché, Paris and Legal Attaché, Rome • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-18 1969 July 16 SAC WFO to Director • Dorothy Benson
• Romain Gary
• Francois Morevil
• Edward Seberg
100-HQ-444622
157-HQ-13876-19
1969 July 30 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director • Hakim Jamal
100-HQ-444622-47
157-HQ-13876
1969 August 7 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-20 1969 August 22 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-21 1969 September 25 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director • Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-22 1969 October 15 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director
157-HQ-13876-23 1969 October 21 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Dorothy Benson
• Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
• Francois Morevil
• Bobby Seale
• Edward Seberg
• Gil Toff
100-HQ-444622
157-HQ-13876-24
1969 October 23 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director • Hakim Jamal
100-HQ-444622-53
157-HQ-13876
1969 December 19 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Joseph W. Banovic
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-25 1970 February 27 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Elaine Brown
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
• Bobby Seale
157-HQ-13876-27 1970 March 23 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Elaine Brown
• FNU Carter
• Raymond Hewitt
105-HQ-34074-36
157-HQ-13876-26
1970 March 24 SAC Omaha to Director • David Allen Seberg
• Sammy Davis Jr.
• Romain Gary
• Lee Marvin
• Harold Mesereau
• Ed Seberg Jr.
157-HQ-13876-28 1970 April 14 Moore to Sullivan • Sammy Davis Jr.
• Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
• Lee Marvin
100-HQ-448006-1766 1970 April 27 SAC Los Angeles to Director
100-HQ-448006-1766 1970 May 6 Director to SAC Los Angeles • Raymond Hewitt
157-HQ-13876-30 1970 May 14 Jones to Bishop • Jane Fonda
• Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
• Francois Morevil
• Otto Preminger
• Vanessa Redgrave
• Bobby Seale
157-HQ-13876-29 1970 May 19 Director to Attorney General
157-HQ-13876-30 1970 May 19 Director to John D. Ehrlichman • Hakim Jamal
• Raymond Hewitt
100-HQ-165706-26-481
157-HQ-13876
1970 May 19 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Elaine Brown
• Raymond Hewitt
• Bobby Seale
100-HQ-448006-1831
157-HQ-9248
157-HQ-13876
1970 June 3 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Joyce Haber
• Raymond Hewitt
100-HQ-448006-1837 1970 June 10 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Raymond Hewitt
105-HQ-165706-26
157-HQ-13876
1970 July 24 SAC Omaha to Director
157-HQ-13876-31 1970 July 28 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
100-HQ-448006-1900 1970 July 28 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Raymond Hewitt
105-HQ-165706-1520
157-HQ-13876
1970 August 10 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Raymond Hewitt
• Gwen LNU
100-HQ-444622
157-HQ-9248
157-HQ-13876-35
1970 August 25 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
• Huey Newton
157-HQ-13876-32 1970 August 28 Moore to Brennan
100-HQ-444622
157-HQ-13876
1970 August 28 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director
157-HQ-13876-34 1970 August 31 Moore to Brennan • Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
66-HQ-2254-7530
157-HQ-13876-32
1970 September 14 Moved to June Mail
100-HQ-444622
157-HQ-13876
1970 September 15 Director to Legal Attaché, Paris • Hakim Jamal
105-HQ-165706-84-623
157-HQ-13876
1970 September 24 SAC New Haven to Director • Huey Newton
• Bobby Seale
157-HQ-13876-36 1970 September 30 SAC San Francisco to Director
157-HQ-13876-37 1970 October 2 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director
157-HQ-13876-38 1970 October 6 Moore to Brennan • Nina Hart Gary
• Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
157-HQ-13876-40 1970 October 23 Report of the Los Angeles Office • Elaine Brown
• Eldrige Cleaver
• Diego Gary
• Nina Hart Gary
• Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• J. Edgar Hoover
• Hakim Jamal
• Malcolm X
• Francois Morevil
• Bobby Seale
• Dorothy Seberg
• Edward Seberg
• Betty Shabazz
• Gil Toff
• Alexander Tucker
• Hubert de Watteville
157-HQ-13876-39 1970 October 23 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-41 1970 November 9 SAC New York to Director • Romain Gary
• Leo P. Larkin Jr.
157-HQ-13876-42 1970 December 3 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director
157-HQ-13876-44 1970 December 18 Legal Attaché, Madrid to Director
157-HQ-13876-43 1970 December 29 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-HQ-13876-44 1971 January 7 Director to SAC Los Angeles • Romain Gary
157-HQ-13876-44 1971 January 8 Legal Attaché, Madrid to Director • Romain Gary
157-HQ-13876-47 1971 March 29 Legal Attaché, Madrid to Director
157-HQ-13876-48 1971 July 20 SAC San Francisco to Director
157-HQ-13876-49 1972 January 6 SAC Los Angeles to Director • Romain Gary
• Raymond Hewitt
• Hakim Jamal
157-HQ-13876-50 1972 February 29 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-HQ-13876-51 1972 June 8 Legal Attaché, Rome to Director
157-HQ-13876-52 1972 June 20 Legal Attaché, Paris to Director • Romain Gary
157-HQ-13876 1972 October 24 SAC Los Angeles to Acting Director • Dennis Charles Berry
100-HQ-448006-2503 1976 May 11 Director to SAC Los Angeles
100-HQ-448006-256? 1976 May 12 SAC Los Angeles to Director
1976 November 4 Shaheen to Seberg
157-HQ-13876-53 1979 September 14 Legal Counsel to Director
157-HQ-13876-59 1979 September 15 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-70 1979 September 15 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876 1979 September 15 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-70X 1979 September 15 Unknown to President
157-HQ-13876-61 1979 September 15 Correspondence
157-HQ-13876-70X1 1979 September 16 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-63X 1979 September 17 Representative Drinan to Attorney General
157-HQ-13876-55 1979 September 19 Representative Edwards to Director
157-HQ-13876-70X2 1979 September 20 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-78 1979 September 21 Unknown to FBI
157-HQ-13876-74 1979 September 22 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-78X1 1979 September 23 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-54 1979 September 24 Bailey to Boynton • Raymond Hewitt
157-HQ-1876-65 1979 September 24 Director to Representative Drinan
100-HQ-437464-6
157-HQ-13876
1979 September 24 Klotzer to Director
157-HQ-13876-66 1979 September 24 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-56 1979 September 26 Director to Representative Edwards
157-HQ-13876-78X 1979 September 26 Legal Counsel to Director
157-HQ-13876-72 1979 September 30 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-69 1979 October 1 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-71 1979 October 1 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-76 1979 October 1 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-80 1979 October 2 Lehman to Director
157-HQ-13876-57 1979 October 2 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-60 1979 October 5 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-62 1979 October 5 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-58 1979 October 10 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-88 1979 October 10 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-67 1979 October 11 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-86 1979 October 15 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-64 1979 October 18 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-73 1979 October 18 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-75 1979 October 18 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-77 1979 October 18 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-81 1979 October 20 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-83 1979 October 23 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-79 1979 October 24 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-85 1979 October 24 Assistant Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-84 1979 October 24 Director to Unknown
62-HQ-116009
157-HQ-13876-87
1979 October 25 Director to Unknown
62-HQ-116009
157-HQ-13876-89
1979 October 25 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-91 1979 October 25 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-90 1979 October 28 Unknown to Assistant Director
157-HQ-13876-82 1979 October 30 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-91X 1979 October 31 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-93 1979 November 5 Senator Bellmon to Director
157-HQ-13876-101 1979 November 8 Unknown to Lofton
157-HQ-13876-94 1979 November 13 Assistant Director to Senator Bellmon
157-HQ-13876-92 1979 November 14 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-102 1979 November 21 Bailey to Colwell • Romain Gary
• Joyce Haber
157-HQ-13876-96 1979 November 21 Unknown to FBI
66-HQ-19210-33
157-HQ-13876-95
1979 November 28 Assistant Director to Senator Riegle
157-HQ-13876-97 1979 December 5 Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-98 1979 December 7 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-99 1979 December 14 Assistant Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-100 1979 December 18 Executive Assistant Director to Unknown
94-HQ-8-131-684
157-HQ-13876
1980 January 11 Executive Assistant Director to Unknown
157-HQ-13876-103 1980 April 4 Unknown to Director
157-HQ-13876-104 1982 January 15 Irvine to Sewell
94-HQ-69138-8
157-HQ-13876
1982 June 11 Young to Malickson
94-HQ-69138-9
157-HQ-13876
1982 June 17 Divan to Director
62-HQ-117121
157-HQ-13876-105
1983 September 16 Young to Senator Cohen
157-HQ-13876-106 1983 November 9 Director to Legal Attaché, London