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Collection Number: 04921

Collection Title: Ku Klux Klan Records (#4921) 1960s-1970s

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Size About 70 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Primarily published and ephemeral items collected from Ku Klux Klan organizations active in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina, 1960s-1970s. Included are flyers; application forms, meeting guidelines, periodicals, cartoons, and other items from the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Greensboro, N.C.), the Knights of the Green Forest (Tupelo, Miss.), the United Klans of America (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Miss.), and the National States Rights Party (Savannah, Ga.). Among the periodicals is one issue of the "Thunderbolt" of Birmingham, Ala.
Creator Ku Klux Klan (1915- ).
Language English.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from William Geer of Chapel Hill, N.C., March 1998 (Acc. 98061) and Terry Alford of Annandale, Va., May 1998 (Acc. 98125).
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The Ku Klux Klan of the twentieth century took its name from the terrorist organization that opposed black voting in the South during Reconstruction. A social and political force in the early part of the century, by the 1950s it had become a more divided group. In the 1960s, Tuscaloosa rubber worker Robert M. Sheldon, Jr., established leadership over the southern Klans as head of the United Klans of America.

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Primarily published and ephemeral items collected from Ku Klux Klan organizations active in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina, 1960s-1970s. Included are flyers, application forms, meeting guidelines, periodicals, cartoons, and other items from the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Greensboro, N.C.), the Knights of the Green Forest (Tupelo, Miss.), the United Klans of America (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Miss.), and the National States Rights Party (Savannah, Ga.). Among the periodicals is one issue of the "Thunderbolt" of Birmingham, Ala.

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About 70 items.

Primarily published and ephemeral items collected from Ku Klux Klan organizations active in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina, 1960s-1970s.

folder 1 contains a 1969 wall calendar, membership flyer, and the "Kloran" from the Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Greensboro, N.C. The "Kloran" includes the "Klan Kreed," Opening Ceremony for meetings, Pledge of Allegiance, and Initiation Ceremony instructions. It also includes a glossary of KKK terms.

folder 2 holds several items from the Knights of Green Forest, Tupelo, Miss. Included are a membership card, membership application form, and a flyer about the Knights.

folders 3 and 4 contain materials from the United Klans of America, which maintained its headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Included are flyers, an application form, rules and regulations, a "top-secret" code sheet, an intelligence report about the American Civil Liberties Union, and three issues of The Fiery Cross, volume V, nos. 1-3 (1970).

folder 5 contains a leaflet entitled "The Klan Ledger," special Greenwood/Leflore County, Miss., edition. Issued by the White Knights, the leaflet denounces FBI investigations in Greenwood, the home of Byron de la Beckwith, convicted assassin of Medgar Evers.

folder 6 contains flyers and application forms for the National States Rights Party, which operated out of Savannah, Ga. Included is a broadside announcing "White People's Meetings" in Durham, N.C.

folder 7 contains cartoons and flyers, and folders 8-10 contain periodicals from Klan-related and other pro-segregation groups.

Folder 1

Confederate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Greensboro, N.C.) #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 1

Folder 2

Knights of the Green Forest (Tupelo, Miss.) #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 2

Folder 3

United Klans of America (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): flyers and other literature #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 3

Folder 4

United Klans of America (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): The Fiery Cross (1970), 3 issues #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 4

Folder 5

White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Miss.) #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 5

Folder 6

National States Rights Party: flyers and leaflets #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 6

Folder 7

Cartoons and flyers #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 7

Folder 8

The Revere Report (Hillsborough, N.C.) #17, [1966?] #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 8

Folder 9

The Augusta Courier (Augusta, Ga.), 14 and 21 February 1966 #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 9

Folder 10

The Thunderbolt (Savannah, Ga.), September, October 1969 #04921, Series: "Papers, 1960s-1970s. " Folder 10

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