links - an initial listing selected from an astonishing amount
of already posted information and commentary - represent a
wide variety of documentation on, and different views about,
the Hiss case, its principals, and related subjects. This
list will be extended and updated on a regular basis; you
can suggest links not yet included by e-mailing the site at
site's principal link is to the Harvard
University Law School Library, which houses the world's
foremost repository of Alger Hiss research materials, including
his defense files, government documents released under the
Freedom of Information Act and unpublished personal papers.
Follow the link for information about the collection. A finding
aid to the collection will be posted in the spring of 2001.
useful links are to the archives of The
Nation, the American periodical that over the last
50 years has provided the most comprehensive continuing coverage
of the Hiss case and its aftermath; and to H-DIPLO,
a global scholarly discussion forum on Cold War events (among
dozens of other subjects).
of the Alger Hiss Case Grand Jury Transcripts
Citizen Petition Seeks to Lift Shroud of Secrecy Covering
Hiss-Chambers - Press release by Public Citizen Litigation
Group, the Ralph Nader-created law firm, which filed suit
requesting release of Hiss case grand jury transcripts, dated
December 15, 1998 (the 50th anniversary of Hiss's indictment).
Christi Online - Groups seek release of Hiss records
- Associated Press story about the filing of the grand jury
lawsuit, as it appeared in the Corpus Christi (Texas)
Caller-Times, December 16, 1998.
Society of American Archivists - Web site of one of
the four co-plaintiffs in the lawsuit to unseal the Hiss case
grand jury records.
Wire: 10/12/99 - National Archives to Make Available Alger
Hiss Grand Jury Materials Press release from the National
Archives about making Hiss case records public.
Nixon Urged Hiss Indictment - Associated Press report
on Public Citizen Litigation Group's press conference announcing
a first glimpse into the contents of the grand jury records.
From the Washington Post, October 13, 1999.
to Alger Hiss
A Selection of Obituaries - Supportive, Hostile, Neutral
Nation - Alger Hiss - 12/09/96 - By Victor Navasky,
publisher of The Nation.
and a Spy? - Time magazine obituary
by John Elson, November 25, 1996.
Hiss, JHU alumnus and accused spy, dies at 92 - Obituary
from the Johns Hopkins University Newsletter, November 1996.
of the Hiss Case and its Continuing Impact - 1948-1998
and Chambers: Strange Story of Two Men - Robert G.
Whalen, a New York Times reporter writing while the
grand jury was still sitting, sums up what was then known
about both men. New York Times, Sunday, December 12,
Hiss Spy Case - Cover Page: May/June '98 American
History Feature - Prof. James Thomas Gay, reassessing the
case for American History magazine, thinks that
a preponderance of evidence points to guilt but that doubts
Hiss - Football - A personal essay by S. C. Miller
says that Hiss, who may or may not have been guilty, "unwittingly
facilitated the rise of two of the greatest shysters of the
Alger Hiss 11/18/96 - A Sioux City Journal
editorial notes that Alger Hiss's name still surfaces even
during contemporary Senate confirmation hearings for the director
of the C.I.A. March 12, 1997.
Hiss - Biographies and Memoirs
is a Web site for "The View from Alger's Window,"
Tony Hiss's memoir about growing up in the middle of his
father's troubles. The book, which has an afterword
updating recently released Hiss case information, presents
for the first time excerpts from many of the hundreds of
letters Alger Hiss sent home during his 44 months in prison.
Chambers - His Writings and Place in History
in the Form of a Letter to my Children - The introduction
to Chambers' "Witness," as posted by the Augustine
Society, a Christian study group at Columbia University.
Collections and Entries Of Particular Interest to Teachers:
Primarily for Younger Students
Entry- infoplease.com children's encyclopedia entry
on Alger Hiss.
for High School Students
Fifties Research Project -
A carefully researched 10th grade history curriculum prepared
at Lakewood (Ohio) High School, with its own links to a 1997
University of Pennsylvania English Department "Literature
and Culture of the American 1950s" curriculum, and to several
scholarly and popular sites, including: The Fifties Site;
Stalin-Era Research and Archives Project; and Cold War Sites.
the College Level and Beyond
Trial Links - A research site on famous American trials
from John Peter Zenger to O. J. Simpson, prepared at the University
of Missouri in Kansas City.
A chronology of 1948's most important events gives context
to the Hiss case. Prepared by a Stanford University researcher.
Timeline - The Educator Guide to Episode 6 of CNN's
acclaimed "Cold War" series includes a timeline of events
in the history of the Communist Party of the United States
Postwar America - 8 -
"The Cold War at Home" is a summary chapter from the "United
States Information Agency History of the United States of
Case Encarta Encyclopedia
ACTIVITIES, HOUSE COMMITTEE - From Infoplease
Archival Reference Collections and Information
Collections - Declassified Documents Reference System
- University of Maryland Libraries microform collection of
released post-World War II U.S. Government documents.
Link to indexed papers of Sen. Karl E. Mundt housed at the
Karl E. Mundt Historical and Educational Foundation, in Madison,
Dame Archives Guide 142 - Link to indexed papers of
the Rev. John F. Cronin, housed at Notre Dame University.
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