Getting to know the House Un-American Activities Committee
Published August 22, 2012
outreach , tutorials
Tags: government information, help!, webinar
We have a fab new Help! webinar coming up in September. Come learn about research HUAC!
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents… Researching the House Un-American Activities Committee
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them.
The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) was one of the most controversial government organizations in American history. Founded in 1938, it would spend nearly four decades seeking out real and alleged subversives before its disbandment in 1975. HUAC’s most famous witnesses would include former communists such as Whitaker Chambers, Hollywood film stars and screenwriters, and even athletes such as Jackie Robinson. The committee’s publications offer an invaluable source of primary materials on such topics as American political culture during the Cold War, the history of American Communism, and civil liberties during a period of external threat. In this webinar out how to trace the history of HUAC through its most famous documents, as well as historical background on the committee and its activities and other relevant federal documents resources.
David Durant is Federal Documents & Social Sciences Librarian at J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University.
We will meet together for Session #19, online on September 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT). Please RSVP for the Session by May 10 at 5:00 pm using this link: http://tinyurl.com/grs-session19
Technical requirements: We will be using collaborative software called Blackboard Collaborate. It requires that you be able to download Java onto your computer, but you do not need any special software. After you RSVP, we will send you a link that you can use to test the software. If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Kellam (email@example.com). You do not need a microphone as a chat system is available in the software, but you do need speakers or headphones.
The session will be recorded and made available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).