TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University

FBI File on Joseph McCarthy

Microform Collection


Location:  Microfilm E 743.5 .F355 1996

Scope: "This file documents McCarthy's witch-hunt, from the initial 1950 allegations of Communist Party members in the State Department to the Senate's condemnation in 1954. . .Details the FBI's observations of and involvement in McCarthy's accusations and includes correspondence between J. Edgar Hoover and senators", highlighting Hoover's repeated denials that the FBI leaked information to McCarthy.  From the Introduction of the print guide to the collection

How to Search the Collection:  The collection is contained on 4 rolls of film in approximate chronological order.  A print guide accompanies this collection that includes Roll Notes,  and while not a complete inventory of the files, these notes provide a list of specific documents that may be especially worthwhile to researchers.  While these documents along with others from the FBI have been released under the Freedom of Information Act, according to the guide, "certain documents or portions of documents have been deleted by the FBI pursuant to provisions of that legislation."
Some documents of this collection may also be viewed at

Guides: Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the FBI File on Joseph McCarthy. Wilmington, Del. : Scholarly Resources, 1996 (Microfilm E 743.5 F355 1996)

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

McCarthy, Joseph--1908-1957 

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation--Archives 

Time Period: 20th Century

Subject keywords: FBI Documents, U. S. Politics

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