The materials in FOIA 22-16561-F are a selective, not necessarily all-inclusive, body of documents responsive to the topic of the FOIA. Researchers should consult an archivist about related materials. 

FOIA 22-16561-F requested any and all photographs of Patti LaBelle, including images where she is depicted and also captured in the metadata.  

This FOIA primarily contains photographs of Patti LaBelle performing at an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the South Lawn on July 26, 2010; the dedication of the Ronald H. Brown United States Mission to the United Nations Building in New York, N.Y., on March 29, 2011; "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" in the East Room on March 6, 2014; the National Christmas Tree lighting on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., on December 4, 2014; and the opening ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., on September 24, 2016.  Photos of President Obama at NBC Studios in Burbank, CA, on August 6, 2013; and First Lady Michelle Obama hosting a student workshop, “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” in the State Dining Room on March 6, 2014, are also included. 

835 assets

  • Photographs

The materials in FOIA 22-16561-F are a systematic body of documents responsive to the topic of the FOIA. Researchers should consult an archivist about related materials.  

Documents responsive to this FOIA were found in these collection areas – Obama Presidential Electronic Records.

The Executive Office of the President (EOP) instance of the Electronic Records Archive (ERA) contains electronic records created or received by Obama administration staff. These records are stored in Search and Access Sets (SAS) that represent their originating computer program, such as Exchange Email or the Worker and Visitor Entry System (WAVES). In addition to records captured from the White House’s electronic systems, EOP-ERA also contains records from the home and shared drives used by White House staff.

The following is a list of documents, folders, and electronic search results lists (SRLs) that were processed in response to FOIA 22-16561-F:

Electronic Records

          AV_22-16561-F Patti LaBelle contains 835 photographs, of which 816 are released in full and 19 are withheld in part.


Collection is open to all researchers. Access to Barack Obama Presidential Records is governed by the Presidential Records Act (PRA) (44 USC 2201) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 USC 552, as amended) and therefore records may be restricted in whole or in part in accordance with legal exemptions.

Official records of Barack Obama’s presidency are housed at the Barack Obama Presidential Library and administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) under the provisions of the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

Staff Archivists, 2023. Previously restricted materials are added as they are released.