Burgum Added Value

How To Use This Site

Many, especially younger users, may not be familiar with the organization and search functions of this site. Showing them their various search options, with examples will give them a sense of how they can take full advantage of the resources here. Additionally, this page will include an outline of the various stages of a trial (opening arguments, questioning witnesses, etc.) to make it easier to interpret the documents that users will be accessing.

Search Options

See page under site index for image. Search categories include Keyword, Name, Date, etc. Users will be able to restrict their search to one particular element of the site, such as Transcript Only, or Glossary, those fields will appear in a second drop-down box.

Timeline and Biographies

A timeline will be vital to the site. It will provide a background to depict the events leading up to Burgum’s trial, and also show the progression of the trial itself and the aftermath. Further developments may include a simultaneous Cold War timeline to show how the trial mirrored, foreshadowed, or followed events that were happening in the world. The timeline can also serve a browsing function, allowing users to click on a particular date to get the transcript for that day, and the corresponding exhibits.

Users can also view biographies of the important players during this academic freedom case, such as Edwin Berry Burgum and Dean Pollock.


As described on earlier pages, there will be links embedded in the transcript that link to corresponding glossary items such as when HUAC is mentioned. A pop-up window will appear when users click on the particular person, place or item that requires a definition. The glossary will be in wiki form, allowing users to edit the definitions and provide links and sources of their own, but those users would have to register and submit their changes for review. This would allow slightly more control, since this site's primary source documents are useful to scholars.


Some of the tagging will come from LC headings which will include:
Academic freedom-United States.
Academic freedom-United States-Bibliography.
Academic freedom-United States-Case studies.
Academic freedom-United States-Cases.
Academic freedom-United States-Congresses.
Academic freedom-United States-Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Academic freedom-United States-History.
Academic freedom-United States—History-1945-1953.
Academic freedom-United States-History-20th century.
Cold War-History-Sources.
Cold War-Influence.
Cold War-Influence-Congresses.
New York University.
New York University-Faculty.
New York University-History
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities-1930-1940.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities-1940-1950.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities-History.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities-History-20th century.

Additional subjects will be determined by the web administrator. There will also be an opportunity for user-tagging to allow links between documents, glossary items, etc. to come from the ground up.


All glossary definitions, background pages and biographies will contain links to the sources that they cite. Web administrators will ensure that these links are kept up to date as websites change and as information needs to be updated or amended.

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