Ku Klux Klan collection, circa 1875-1990 (bulk 1920-1929)

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zj6p

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ku Klux Klan collection, circa 1875-1990 (bulk 1920-1929)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 885
Extent: 1.75 linear feet (3 boxes), 1 oversized papers box and 1 oversized papers folder (OP) and AV masters: .25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Artificial collection of Ku Klux Klan related material, including correspondence, images, printed materials, memorabilia, artifacts and audiovisual recordings.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Calvin Craig papers.


Purchase, 2001 with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Ku Klux Klan collection, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Processed by Naomi Nelson, August 2001.

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Collection Description

Scope and Content Note

This artificial collection documents the activities of regional and national Klan organizations, local Klan chapters, and individual Klan members. The collection includes materials from the following Klan organizations: Association of Georgia Klans, The National Knights, Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, United Klans of America (KKKK), U.S. Klans, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc., and Women of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK).

The Ku Klux Klan collection includes correspondence, images, printed materials, and memorabilia and artifacts. The correspondence consists of single letters rather than sustained correspondence. The images are primarily photographs of particular events or portraits of Klansmen wearing their robes. Printed material include handbills, posters, and broadsides announcing Klan events, the music for “The Ku Klux Kismet” march, a souvenir from the Southern Amusement Company’s production of “The Clansman.” This series also contains a few issues of newspapers reporting on Klan activities. The memorabilia and artifacts include adult Klan robes and a child’s Klan robe (a photograph of the child wearing the robe can be found in the Images series). The audio recordings series includes albums of music recorded by Klansmen. Most were produced in Indiana under the KKK label.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Images, (3) Printed materials, (4) Memorabilia and artifacts, (5) Audio recordings.

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