MILWAUKEE – Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a program of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is seeking local people with direct connections to the Hollywood blacklist.
Seventy years ago, the House Un-American Activities Committee began its hearings about alleged Communist subversion in the film industry, which led to an industry-enforced blacklist.
Industry leaders declared: “We will not knowingly employ a Communist or a member of any party or group which advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States.”
This blacklist kept hundreds of writers, directors, actors and technicians from pursuing their livelihoods. Each of these people has a story and many more were indirectly impacted by the climate of fear. Jewish Museum Milwaukee is creating an exhibit to explore the Hollywood blacklist. The exhibit will open in October 2018 and will provide visitors with context of the time period.
The museum is interested in hearing from local people with direct connections to the blacklist. In particular, the museum is interested in artifacts that could be displayed with the exhibit. These include letters, scripts, film ephemera, newspapers, pamphlets and other pieces that can reflect on the Red Scare. Additionally, the museum is interested in stories that have a strong and close connection to the Hollywood experience of the Red Scare or the House Un-American Activities Committee.
If you are interested in contributing, email Blacklist@JewishMuseumMilwaukee.org with a detailed description of the artifact or story.