Three-page teletype, largely illegible copy, mentions “Carl”, Ware, Wadleigh, Hiss.
December 7, 1948 urgent re Chambers investigation: Copies of reports on case to be supplied T.J. Duncan, special assistant to A.G.
December 6, 1948 teletype: Samples of typewritten copies of State Department documents produced by Chambers at deposition and attributed by him to Hiss should be compared to documents known to have been produced on Hiss' typewriter.
December 6, 1948 Campbell to Hoover re interview w/ Wadleigh
December 7, 1948 Fletcher to Ladd memo re transmission of memo on Wadleigh interview to DOJ
December 4, 1948 Dougherty to Fletcher memo re interviews; mentions Peyton Ford, Whearty, Donegan
December 3, 1948 Fletcher to Ladd memo: Redacted source delivered documents to FBI in case State Department puts a "freeze" on relevant documents, as source fears.
December 7, 1948 Hottel to Hoover memo re delivery of signed statement of Wadleigh
December 6, 1948 teletype to SAC-NY: Immediately interview Hedi Massing concerning Wadleigh
December 6, 1948 Jones to Fletcher memo: Donegan instructs bureau to interview Priscilla Hiss
December 1, 1948 Hoover to Campbell: FBI lab has concluded that handwriting is that of Hiss
December 7, 1948 urgent telex: Of 65 typewritten documents Chambers produced at deposition, one matches Royal Elite; the other 64 match Woodstock Pica
December 4, 1948
teletype to SAC-NY, Washington re possible subpoena: Henry Julian Wadleigh, Henry Hill Collins, Jr., Nathan Levine, David
December 4, 1948 WFO to
December 6, 1948 WFO to Hoover teletype: W/ ref. to ID of State Dept. docs, Jack D. Neal "requests that his name be kept in strictest confidence inasmuch as the recent publicity in this matter is causing considerable concern at the State Department."
December 5, 1948 Jones
to Fletcher memo: White's handwriting samples, Chambers' and Hiss' signed statements to
be turned over to Whearty of DOJ;
December 1, 1948 SAC-WFO to Hoover: Chambers supplied 65 typewritten pages, five pages handwritten notes. Hiss "admitted that the 65 typewritten pages appeared to be authentic copies of State Department documents and that four of the five smaller sheets appeared to be in his handwriting." Hiss "wondered who stole them ... from his desk." Mentions Col. Boris Bukov (Bykov, Bucoff).
November 23, 1948 Ladd to Hoover: Cites Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Donegan to the effect that Assistant Attorney General Alexander M. Campbell, head of the Criminal Division at Truman Justice, “wants to institute perjury charges against Chambers” for not revealing documents until Hiss sued him for libel; FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's handwritten addendum comments, “I wonder why they don't move against Hiss also.”
October 21, 1948 Fletcher to Ladd memo, 3 pp: WaPo reports "key witness" W. Marvin Smith found dead from a fall down a Justice Dept. stairwell; no witnesses to his fall. Smith had testified before a HUAC subcommittee Aug. 24 that he had notarized Hiss' signiture on the title of his 1929 Ford, alleging transfer of the car to Cherner Motor Co., which never had the car or any record of the transaction. Chambers testified that Hiss wanted to donate the car to the Communist Party and that J. Peters arranged the phony transfer to Cherner, where a C.P. go-between was employed who transferred the car to the Party. Hiss testified that he gave the car to Chambers. WaPo clip appended.
October 7, 1941 SAC-WFO to Hoover cover memo, 3pp.
According to this report, Hiss was one of 21 people named by Chambers in his original FBI interview in 1942 who were already subjects of investigation by the Bureau at that time. In fact, the FBI had by then already alerted the State Department about Hiss; the department had dismissed the charges on the basis of Hiss' own denial.
Chambers had named Hiss (along with Adler, Coe, Currie, et al.) to Assistant Secretary of State Adolph Berle some nine years before this report, in 1939. In 1943, the Bureau obtained Berle's notes, and found that nine of those named for the first time therein were already subjects of FBI investigation. In a 1945 interview, ten of those named by Chambers had already been under investigation.
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Concerning Alger Hiss
September 8, 1948 6 pp Ladd to Hoover summary memo on Chambers; Analysis finds 21 of those named by Chambers in 1942 were already subjects of FBI investigations; of those listed in Berle's notes as named by Chambers in 1939 (obtained by the Bureau in 1943), nine were already subjects of investigations; of those named by Chambers in 1945, ten had already been under investigation. Concludes, "The Bureau in retrospect was probably derelict in not opening a control case in 1942 regarding the entire picture, such as was done with the allegations of Elizabeth Bentley in 1945.
September 7, 1948 Ladd to Hoover cover memo for "attached files" (missing), ref. Nov. 25, 1945 Hoover-Byrnes conference re Gregory Case; Nov. 8, 1945 letter to White House ("the day after Benley furnished information to the New York office"); Oct. 11, 1945 conference w/Acheson re Alger Hiss.
September 7, 1948 urgent teletype Baltimore to Hoover, SAC-NY: report delayed pending Chambers interview
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