Ku Klux Klan papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Ku Klux Klan papers
Extent
1.86 Cubic feet
Subjects
Anti-Jewish propaganda
Antisemitism--United States
Catholic Church--United States--History.
Newspapers.
Prohibition--United States.
Propaganda
Prostitution
Racism--United States--Public opinion
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams
Preferred Citation
61M250: [identification of item], Ku Klux Klan papers, 1881-1961, bulk 1901-1948, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Ku Klux Klan is an organization that promotes views such as white supremacy, white nativism, and anti-immigration and expresses them through terrorism and violence. The Klan’s history consists of three distinct periods. The Klan was originally founded in the late 1860s by ex-Confederates and Democrats opposed to Reconstruction policies. Though initially a social group, the Klan became involved with violent acts against those who supported Reconstruction. The influence of the Klan declined in the 1880s once the Democrats regained political power. In the 1920s and 1930s, Klan activity reemerged in response to popular sentiment against the flow of new immigrants from Eastern Europe, in particular Catholics and Jews. They viewed these immigrants as a threat to economic and religious stability and used this sentiment to promote its own white supremacy stance. A third period of renewed Klan activity occurred in the 1950s and 1960s in response to the civil rights movement. The Klan directed acts of intimidation, violence, and murder toward civil rights activists and supporters.
Inventory of the Ku Klux Klan Collection. University of Mississippi Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. University of Mississippi. n.d. Web. 21 March 2012.
Scope and Content
The Ku Klux Klan papers consist of broadsides, brochures, correspondence, leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals, and newspapers, most of which relate to the 20th century Ku Klux Klan movement. However, the collection also contains publications covering prohibition and prostitution as well as anti-Catholic and antisemitic pieces. The sources for these materials vary, documenting the national coverage of the Ku Klux Klan's popularity during the 1920s and 1930s.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1901-1928, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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The American Protestant, 1936, 1938

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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The American Protestant, letters, 1938-1940

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Anti-Catholic pieces, 1914, 1920s, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Anti-Semitic pieces, 1924, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc.: Klan-related, 1920s

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc.: Non Klan-related, 1924-1939

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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The Catholic Sun, Syracuse, NY., 1926 March 25, April 1

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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The Fellowship Forum, Washington, D.C., 1926-1936

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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The Independent Klansman Magazine, Munice, IN. (Continued by Knights of American Protestanism, K.A.P. Magazine), 1925-1926

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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K.A.P. Magazine, 1926 June-September

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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K.A.P. Magazine, 1927 March-December

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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K.A.P. Magazine, 1928-1929

  • Box 2, Folder 3
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The Kourier Magazine, Atlanta, GA., 1925, 1927, 1929

  • Box 2, Folder 4
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The Megiddo Message, Rochester, NY., 1926, 1927

  • Box 2, Folder 5
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The Menace, Aurora, MO., 1914, 1915, 1922, 1930

  • Box 2, Folder 6
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The Monitor, Aurora, MO., 1931, 1932, 1938

  • Box 2, Folder 7
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National Enquirer, Indianapolis, IN., 1926, 1928

  • Box 2, Folder 8
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The Nation's Forum, Washington, D.C., 1938

  • Box 2, Folder 9
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The New York Klanswoman, Buffalo, NY., 1929, 1930

  • Box 2, Folder 10
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Pentecostal Herald, Louisville, KY., 1938

  • Box 2, Folder 11
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The Present Truth, Washington, D.C., 1922, 1937-1939

  • Box 2, Folder 12
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Prohibition, 1904-1936

  • Box 3, Folder 1
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Prohibition: Newspapers and periodicals, 1881, 1935-1948

  • Box 3, Folder 2
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Prostitution: Leaflets, pamphlets, etc., 1909, 1914

  • Box 3, Folder 3
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Publications: miscellaneous, 1889-1961

  • Box 3, Folder 4
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The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL.; Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc., 1920s

  • Box 3, Folder 5
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Religious literature: Leaflets and pamphlets, 1926-1927, undated

  • Box 3, Folder 6
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Religious literature: Newspapers and periodicals, 1895-1941

  • Box 3, Folder 7
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Signs of the Times, Mountain View, CA., 1935, 1936, 1942

  • Box 3, Folder 8
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Twentieth Century Progress, Washington D.C. (Continued by Progress), 1927, 1937-1938, 1940, 1949

  • Box 3, Folder 9
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Walton Enterprise, Cass County, IN., 1925 September-October

  • Box 3, Folder 10
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Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL., 1924 December

  • Box 4, Folder 1
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Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL., 1926 June, September, October

  • Box 4, Folder 2
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Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL., 1927 January-February, April, June-July, September-December

  • Box 4, Folder 3
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Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL., 1932 January

  • Box 4, Folder 4
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Publication: The Rail Splitter Book Bulletin, undated

  • Box 4, Folder 5
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