Neighbor's Network (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1936-1998 (bulk 1987-1998)

Emory University

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

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Neighbor's Network (Atlanta, Ga.)
Title: Neighbor's Network (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1936-1998 (bulk 1987-1998)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1009
Extent: 12.5 linear feet (26 boxes), 1 oversized papers box (OP) and 2 bound volumes (BV)
Abstract:Records of community organization Neighbor's Network including administrative records, subject files, printed material and photographs that document the group's efforts to monitor and counteract hate group activity in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding localities.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 2005.


[after identification of item(s)], Neighbor's Network (Atlanta, Ga.) records, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Neighbor's Network (Atlanta, Ga.) was founded in 1987 with the mission to counter "hate-crime and hate-group activity through research, education, victims assistance and community action." The organization was staffed by a small group of volunteers and community organizers dedicated to exposing and promoting public awareness of hate group activity in Georgia. Volunteers regularly distributed fliers around Atlanta neighborhoods denouncing the Ku Klux Klan and skinhead organizations. They also distributed fliers inviting community members to report their knowledge of local hate group activity. The group published several newsletters, including Georgia Report and Neighbor's Network Alert, detailing hate crimes and other activity around the state.

Volunteers monitored hate group activity on multiple levels, from recording sightings of known skinheads or Klan members in communities to infiltrating and reporting major rallies. Neighbor's Network volunteers were particularly dedicated to documenting the leaders of hate groups through reports and photographs of their activity. Walter Brown (W.B.) Reeves was co-chair of education and outreach for Neighbor's Network from 1989-1995, and individually infiltrated numerous rallies and meetings. He also gathered information from various groups by corresponding with them under the alias Scott Daniels.

As part of their victims assistance program, the organization helped young people leave the Nazi/skinhead community. Victims assistance also involved documenting instances of harassment, and occasionally even housesitting so that victims of attacks could sleep more peacefully in their homes. Neighbor's Network disbanded in 1995.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of Neighbor's Network from 1936-1998 [bulk 1987-1998] and includes administrative records, subject files, printed material and photographs. Administrative records document the day to day operations of the organization, including its monitoring activities and victims assistance efforts. The series contains correspondence, financial records, mailing lists, reports, and victims assistance files, as well as various policy documents, telephone hotline logs and transcripts of conversations, and other records.

Subject files document organizations affiliated with Neighbor's Network, such as the Center for Democratic Renewal, and hate groups monitored by Neighbor's Network such as the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan groups, Neo-Nazi and skinhead organizations, and other radical or white supremacist groups. Files may include correspondence, clippings, newsletters, fliers and other printed material. Some hate group files also contain notes from Neighbor's Network monitors, though most files do not contain any evidence of infiltration by the Network. In this collection, hate groups are categorized based on the Southern Poverty Law Center's classifications. Materials relating to other radical organizations or individuals are included in an "other subject files" category.

Printed material includes material created and collected by Neighbor's Network. Printed material by Neighbor's Network includes fliers, reports and press releases published by the organization to promote their mission and inform the public about hate group activity. Also included are numerous clippings about the organization. Additionally, printed material contains fliers, newsletters, zines, clippings and other items created by or relating to hate groups monitored by Neighbor's Network. Of particular note is a photocopy of the Christian Identity Bible. The series also includes printed material from other organizations, including human rights organizations and radical or fringe groups not classified as hate groups. Photographs document rallies and other events held by the Ku Klux Klan, skinhead, and Neo-Nazi groups, and include images of white supremacist leaders such as Miles Dowling, David Irving, David Lynch, and Thomas Robb.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four series: (1) Administrative records, (2) Subject files, (3) Printed material and (4) Photographs.

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