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GPO Provides Public Access to McCarthy Hearings

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has announced that it is providing public access to the transcripts of closed-door hearings conducted by Senator Joseph McCarthy from 1953 to 1954. Paper copies of the transcripts are available for sale from GPO's sales program. Copies are also being distributed to federal depository libraries around the nation for free use by the public. Transcripts may be viewed online free of charge via GPO Access, GPO's online information service (

The printed transcripts comprise more than 4,300 pages of hearings in five volumes. They are the proceedings of executive sessions of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, during which subcommittee chairman McCarthy and others questioned nearly 400 individuals about their alleged involvement in communist activities.

Under the rules of the Senate, the transcripts were deposited in the National Archives and sealed for 50 years, in part to protect the privacy of the many witnesses who testified in closed executive sessions. The seal expired recently and the transcripts were ordered released by the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs following preparation by the Senate Historical Office.

More than 175 pages in volume 2 of the transcripts reveal testimony provided during the subcommittee's investigation of the GPO during August 1953. The subcommittee alleged that Edward Rothschild, an employee in the binding division, had communist ties and that he had stolen classified documents from the GPO, in spite of testimony from Public Printer Raymond Blattenberger that the GPO's security was not lax and that little classified work was processed there. Rothschild invoked the Fifth Amendment. He was suspended from his job and later discharged from government service but never prosecuted. Other GPO employees who were identified as under security investigation were transferred to the Library of Congress but were not prosecuted. The hearings failed to disclose any criminal breaches of security in the handling of government documents at the GPO.

The formal title of the transcripts is Executive Sessions of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, Eighty-Third Congress, First Session, Made Public January 2003, S. Prt. 107-84 (GPO stock number 052-070-07385-3).

The McCarthy transcripts are available online at To locate the federal depository library nearest you, go to

Contact: GPO

CSA Acquires Design and Applied Arts Index

CSA has announced the acquisition of Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) from Design Documentation. CSA will make DAAI available through the Internet Database Service (IDS) as well as on CD-ROM. According to the announcement, DAAI is the main bibliographic source for current material and information in the areas of design and the applied arts worldwide.

DAAI is a resource for researchers, students, and librarians in the field, as well as for active designers and artists. The database currently provides more than 130,000 entries, with up to 12,000 added annually. More than 500 major national and international design and crafts titles are covered in the database, and entries date to 1973.

In addition, DAAI features data on more than 50,000 designers, craftspeople, workshops, and companies, as well as supplementary databases such as the Periodicals Database, which contains Web links to the journals cited.

DAAI joins the family of bibliographic databases published by CSA and represents part of an expansion of coverage in areas of the arts and humanities.

Source: CSA

Dialog Adds Market Research Reports to Dialog Profound

Dialog announced that it has significantly enhanced its Dialog Profound Researchline service by adding market and industry data and analysis provided by 20 new information providers.

More than 200,000 market research reports are now available for electronic searching and retrieval through Researchline, a database within Dialog Profound. The content is supplied by more than 130 of the world's top market research firms, including Frost & Sullivan. The newly added reports, utilized by marketing professionals and business researchers worldwide, feature expert insight into technology-based businesses and other global market segments.

Market research firms now supplying the recently added content to Researchline include Aberdeen Group, Cahners In-Stat, Decision Resources, Gartner, Inc., Semico Research Corp., Simba Information, Wintergreen Research, The Yankee Group, and more. These new content providers have contributed about 3,000 reports to the Researchline database, with new ones added as they are published.

Contact: Dialog

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