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Document Details


Title: Ruth Young Watt
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Series: Item 3 of Series Ruth Young Watt
Description: As chief clerk of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Ruth Watt managed the hearing rooms, made arrangements for witnesses and investigators, took care of the subcommittee's finances, issued its subpoenas, supervised its records, and in general handled its paperwork. She worked closely with subcommittee chairmen from Joseph R. McCarthy to Henry M. Jackson, and with staff members who included William P. Rogers, Roy Cohn, Robert F. Kennedy, Pierre Salinger and Carmine Bellino. She also offers candid reminiscences of such colorful witnesses as Howard Hughes, Jimmy Hoffa, and Joe Valachi.
Extent: 25 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/watt_interview_3.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1947
Speaker: Watt, Ruth Young, 1910-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 26-Feb-1910
Speaker place of birth: Brooks, ME; Maine; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Chief clerk
Age at speaking: 69
Document date: 21-Sep-1979
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
People discussed: Joseph Raymond McCarthy; McCarthy, Joseph Raymond, 1908-1957
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Historical events discussed: Cold War, 1945-1989
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Cold War, 1945-1989; Communism; District of Columbia; Federal government; Government and the press; Joseph Raymond McCarthy; Legislative bodies--United States; Legislative hearings--United States; Legislators--United States; McCarthy, Joseph Raymond, 1908-1957; North America; Oral history; Political science--United States; Press and politics; Press conferences; U.S. Congress. Senate; U.S. Congress. Senate. Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; United States; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government; Work; Work environment
Topics discussed - Other terms: Army-McCarthy hearings; McCarthyism
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022111-23117