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Ku Klux Klan papers, 1901

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61M250 Ku Klux Klan papers, 1881-1961, bulk 1901-1948 61M250 Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams University of Kentucky Special Collections Special Collections Margaret I. King Building, North Lexington, KY, 40506-0039 (859) 257-8611 SCLREF@LSV.UKY.EDU 2012 March 28 This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-07-30T10:45-0400 Describing Archives: A Content Standard Ku Klux Klan papers 61M250 University of Kentucky Special Collections 1.86 Cubic feet 4 boxes Bulk, 1901-1948 1881-1961 Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment. Conditions Governing Use note The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections. Historical note The Ku Klux Klan is an organization that promotes views such as white supremacy, white nativism, and anti-immigration and expresses them through terrorism and violence. The Klan’s history consists of three distinct periods. The Klan was originally founded in the late 1860s by ex-Confederates and Democrats opposed to Reconstruction policies. Though initially a social group, the Klan became involved with violent acts against those who supported Reconstruction. The influence of the Klan declined in the 1880s once the Democrats regained political power. In the 1920s and 1930s, Klan activity reemerged in response to popular sentiment against the flow of new immigrants from Eastern Europe, in particular Catholics and Jews. They viewed these immigrants as a threat to economic and religious stability and used this sentiment to promote its own white supremacy stance. A third period of renewed Klan activity occurred in the 1950s and 1960s in response to the civil rights movement. The Klan directed acts of intimidation, violence, and murder toward civil rights activists and supporters. Inventory of the Ku Klux Klan Collection. University of Mississippi Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. University of Mississippi. n.d. Web. 21 March 2012. Scope and Contents note The Ku Klux Klan papers consist of broadsides, brochures, correspondence, leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals, and newspapers, most of which relate to the 20th century Ku Klux Klan movement. However, the collection also contains publications covering prohibition and prostitution as well as anti-Catholic and antisemitic pieces. The sources for these materials vary, documenting the national coverage of the Ku Klux Klan's popularity during the 1920s and 1930s. Preferred Citation note 61M250: [identification of item], Ku Klux Klan papers, 1881-1961, bulk 1901-1948, University of Kentucky Special Collections. Arrangement note Collection is arranged by format. Ku Klux Klan (1915-). Anti-Jewish propaganda Antisemitism--United States Catholic Church--United States--History. Newspapers. Prohibition--United States. Propaganda Prostitution Racism--United States--Public opinion Correspondence 1 1 1901-1928, undated The American Protestant 1 2 1936, 1938 The American Protestant, letters 1 3 1938-1940 Anti-Catholic pieces 1 4 1914, 1920s, undated Anti-Semitic pieces 1 5 1924, undated Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc.: Klan-related 1 6 1920s Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc.: Non Klan-related 1 7 1924-1939 The Catholic Sun, Syracuse, NY. 1 8 1926 March 25, April 1 The Fellowship Forum, Washington, D.C. 1 9 1926-1936 The Independent Klansman Magazine, Munice, IN. (Continued by Knights of American Protestanism, K.A.P. Magazine) 1 10 1925-1926 K.A.P. Magazine 2 1 1926 June-September K.A.P. Magazine 2 2 1927 March-December K.A.P. Magazine 2 3 1928-1929 The Kourier Magazine, Atlanta, GA. 2 4 1925, 1927, 1929 The Megiddo Message, Rochester, NY. 2 5 1926, 1927 The Menace, Aurora, MO. 2 6 1914, 1915, 1922, 1930 The Monitor, Aurora, MO. 2 7 1931, 1932, 1938 National Enquirer, Indianapolis, IN. 2 8 1926, 1928 The Nation's Forum, Washington, D.C. 2 9 1938 The New York Klanswoman, Buffalo, NY. 2 10 1929, 1930 Pentecostal Herald, Louisville, KY. 2 11 1938 The Present Truth, Washington, D.C. 2 12 1922, 1937-1939 Prohibition 3 1 1904-1936 Prohibition: Newspapers and periodicals 3 2 1881, 1935-1948 Prostitution: Leaflets, pamphlets, etc. 3 3 1909, 1914 Publications: miscellaneous 3 4 1889-1961 The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL.; Broadsides, brochures, leaflets, etc. 3 5 1920s Religious literature: Leaflets and pamphlets 3 6 1926-1927, undated Religious literature: Newspapers and periodicals 3 7 1895-1941 Signs of the Times, Mountain View, CA. 3 8 1935, 1936, 1942 Twentieth Century Progress, Washington D.C. (Continued by Progress) 3 9 1927, 1937-1938, 1940, 1949 Walton Enterprise, Cass County, IN. 3 10 1925 September-October Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL. 4 1 1924 December Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL. 4 2 1926 June, September, October Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL. 4 3 1927 January-February, April, June-July, September-December Newspaper: The Rail Splitter, Milan, IL. 4 4 1932 January Publication: The Rail Splitter Book Bulletin 4 5 undated