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Ruth Young Watt
Chief Clerk, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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.

Table of Contents:
1) Origins of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations,1-49
2) Truman-era Investigations,50-100
3) Chairman Joe McCarthy,101-161
4) Chairman McClellan and the Labor Rackets Committee,162-209
5) The Turbulent 1960s,210-248
6) Chairman Jackson and the Changing Senate,249-308
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Citation:  Scholarly citation: "Ruth Young Watt, Chief Clerk, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, 1948-1979," Oral History Interviews, Senate Historical Office, Washington, D.C.

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