decades-long effort to convince the House of Representatives
to release its historic HUAC files finally paid off in 2001.
Historians interested in HUAC's investigation of Alger Hiss
and other Cold War matters can now examine hitherto secret
executive session testimony and investigative files.
The newly available material on Hiss is especially compelling.
There is important testimony by key figures in the case, including
Whittaker Chambers, Isaac Don Levine and Hede Massing, among
others. HUAC's investigative files on such controversial topics
as the Woodstock typewriter and the Ford car are also valuable
for piecing together information about what the government
already knew about these matters when Hiss went to trial.
In coming months, The Alger Hiss Story Web site will be posting
as much of this new evidence as possible, along with commentary
pointing to the places where the released information adds
a new dimension to what has previously been known about the
people and evidence in the Hiss case. The Web site remains
committed to disseminating primary material that brings us
closer to the full truth in this watershed case of the Cold
War era. (The released HUAC files may be viewed and copied
by researchers at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.,
but the Archives does not plan to post them on the Internet.)
here for the first detailed look at the Hiss-related
material in HUAC files, by Bruce R. Craig, Ph. D., a historian
who, as Director of the National Coordinating Committee
for the Promotion of History, was part of a coalition
of scholars who in 2001 requested the House of Representatives
to release all of HUAC's long-withheld information.
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