Today marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of government openness and public access to public records. Across the country — and throughout North Carolina — activists, journalists and otherwise-interested citizens are assessing the levels of disclosure and secrecy that regulate access to official documents.
Here at Mountain Xpress, we’re marking Sunshine Week with the debut of The Xpress Files, an online archive of papers from all levels of government. And each day, we’ll focus on one extraordinary Document of the Day.
Today’s entry is a declassified — but still heavily excised — page from the FBI file of a famous Asheville native, the late Thomas Wolfe. Many readers might be surprised to learn that the bureau compiled a 42-page file on the prolific writer, who was hardly a radical. More surprising still is the fact that the file was compiled posthumously, after Wolfe’s 1938 death.
And check back tomorrow for another Sunshine Week offering from The Xpress Files.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor