Ku Klux Klan Collection

Manuscript Collection #425
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Physical description
0.073 Cubic Feet, 6 items , consisting of a letter and pamphlets, a proclamation, and an admission card.
Preferred Citation
Ku Klux Klan Collection (#425), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Collection (1917-1920) including a letter, pamphlet, a proclamation, admission card, penciled notations. 6 items.

Scope and arrangement

The collection consists of Klan publications and personal correspondence from its Imperial Wizard. A letter (January 13, 1919) from Col. W. J. Simmons, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in Atlanta, Georgia, to Maurice O. Roberts of Greensboro, N.C., encourages Roberts to join the Klan, describes the organization in general terms, and promises more information when Roberts joins. Simmons discusses the money a Klan organizer could make and offers to send Roberts literature on the Klan.

Three pamphlets and a proclamation (1917) constitute Klan propaganda. One, written by Simmons, discusses the Klan's history, its goals, and its policies. The second pamphlet, a reprint of a signed editorial from McClures' Magazine (April, 1920) is titled Scum O' The Melting Pot. In it, Herbert Kaufman describes America's Anglo-Saxon mission. A third (incomplete) pamphlet (undated), entitled America, The Second Land of Promise, bemoans America's anti-Christian stance and the removal of Christian ethics and teachings from its government, educational system, and military. The pamphlet further decries the influence of Jewish and Catholic elements in American society and advocates Col. William Simmons and his organization as the salvation of white America.

The collection also contains an admission card (undated) for Mr. M[aurice] O. Roberts to hear an address on Americanism, with penciled notations on the reverse side.

Administrative information
Custodial History

April 7, 1981, 5 items; Papers (1917-1920), including correspondence, a proclamation, and pamphlets. Gift of Mr. Norman Caine, Raleigh, N.C.

January 15, 1997 (unprocessed addition 1), 1 item; Copy of The Fiery Cross (April 1965), containing articles on the racial violence in Selma, Alabama. Donor: Mr. S. Tony Jordan, Jr.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Norman Caine

Gift of Mr. S. Tony Jordan

Processing information

Processed by J.W. Morris III, January 1985

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Key terms
Personal Names
Simmons, W. J. (William Joseph), 1880-1945
Corporate Names
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--History
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )--North Carolina--Greensboro
Selma (Ala.)--Race relations

Container list
Box 1 Ku Klux Klan Collection, 1917-1920
Folder os1 Copy of The Fiery Cross (April 1965), containing articles on the racial violence in Selma, Alabama