Ku Klux Klan Collection, 1917-1920

Manuscript Collection #425

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Ku Klux Klan Collection
    Creator: Ku Klux Klan (1915-)
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1917-1920) including a letter, pamphlet, a proclamation, admission card, penciled notations. 6 items.
    Extent: 0.073 Cubic feet, 6 items , consisting of a letter and pamphlets, a proclamation, and an admission card.
  • Description
     

    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
     
    Accessions Information

    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.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Norman Caine
    Gift of Mr. S. Tony Jordan

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

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

    Preferred Citation

    Ku Klux Klan Collection (#425), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by J.W. Morris III, January 1985

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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