McCARTHY, Joseph Raymond, 1908-1957

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

Guide to Research Collections

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (no date) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Ella Winters papers, 1913-1978.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral History: Discussed in several interviews.

Cornell University Libraries
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Warren Jay Vinton papers, 1932-1969.

Oral History: Numerous interviews in the Joseph McCarthy project.

Dakota State University
Karl E. Mundt Library
Madison, SD
Papers: Correspondence in Karl E. Mundt papers, 1927-1972. Finding aid.

Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
Papers: Correspondence in Elba Chase Nelson papers, 1908-1967.

Herbert Hoover Library
West Branch, IA
Papers: Correspondence in Westbrook Pegler papers, 1908-1969. Finding aid.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in La Follette family papers, 1844-1973. Finding aid.

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI
Papers: Ca. 1930-1957. 141.6 cubic feet. Includes senatorial and congressional reports and publications, speeches, clippings, sound recordings of McCarthy speeches and broadcasts, audiotapes, photographs, a few films, a small amount of personal correspondence (1940s), and subject files of investigations on communism. Also an extensive library of books on communism and other political literature from McCarthy’s Senate office. Photographs, recordings of speeches, and 3 cubic feet of pre-senatorial correspondence is open. Subject files on investigations are closed. Inquire at repository. Sealed categories of papers are listed on website. Also available on the web is a new digital collection, Senator Joe McCarthy: Audio Excerpts, 1950-1954. The collection provides access to 35 streaming audio files made from analog tape recordings of McCarthy’s public remarks. Available at

Providence College
Phillips Memorial Library
Providence, RI
Papers: Correspondence in Louis Francis Budenz papers, 1953-1967.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: 1946-1954. 11 volumes. McCarthy era clippings.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1930-1963. 1 microfilm reel. Microfilm of scrapbooks, chiefly of newspaper clippings, covering McCarthy’s days as boxing coach at Marquette University, election in 1940 as Outagamie County judge, World War II military service, 1946 and 1952 U.S. Senate campaigns, and marriage to Jean Kerr, 1953.

Additional Papers: In Robert Lasch papers, 1940-1991; Alexander Wiley papers, 1913-1967; material relating to Benton’s introduction of a resolution to investigate McCarthy and McCarthy’s lawsuit against Benton in the William Benton papers, 1951-1961; and writings on McCarthy in Richard Halworth Rovere papers, 1931-1968.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Robert C. Hendrickson papers, 1916-1964.

U.S. Senate
Historical Office
Washington, DC
Oral History: Discussed in interview (July 19-November 9, 1979) with Ruth Young Watt, chief clerk, Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 315 pages.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982.

University of Arkansas Libraries
Special Collections
Fayetteville, AR
Papers: In James William Fulbright papers, 1941-1960. Finding aid.

University of Colorado Libraries
Boulder, CO
Papers: In the Rudolph Johnson papers, 1888-1966.