On February 7, 2017, I requested all photos of current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This week the Library fulfilled that request, releasing just 16 of the 175 photos that they found.
The remaining 159 images “do not meet the definition of Presidential records as established by the PRA, 44 U.S.C. § 2201(3) and as such are not subject to request under FOIA,” the Library explained in a letter. “The PRA defines personal records as those not related to carrying out the Constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties of the President.”
The 16 photos that I’ve received have been reproduced below, and a contact sheet with the names of the photos that have not been released can be seen at Archive.org and at the button below. Photos at presidential archives are processed at the folder level, meaning that there are many photos included in this batch that may not involve DeVos personally.
All images are low-resolution but high-resolution images can be ordered directly from the GW Bush Library for a fee. All photos are in the public domain and can be used without further permission. They should be credited to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
From the Finding Aid description at the National Archives:
FOIA 2017-0128-F requested photographs of Betsy DeVos.
This FOIA primarily contains photographs of Dick and Betsy DeVos greeting Mrs. Laura Bush upon her arrival at Oakland County International Airport in Pontiac, Michigan on September 28, 2006, and President George W. Bush posing for photographs with police in Ada, Michigan on October 15, 2008. Also included is one web released photograph of Mrs. Laura Bush with Dick and Betsy DeVos at Franklin Cider Mill in Franklin, Michigan on September 28, 2006.