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Ku Klux Klan papers

Ku Klux Klan papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ku Klux Klan papers
Creator: Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.)
Inclusive Dates: 1924-1927
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet 1 document box
Collection Number: ms2214
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a secret society organized in 1866 by Nathan Bedford Forest and other Confederate veterans to intimidate newly freed African Americans. Disbanded in 1869, the KKK re-emerged in 1915 under the leadership of William J. Simmons.

Scope and Content

Collection includes correspondences of the Athens Klan #5, a Klan summons, a warning letter, receipt stubs, an advertisement for a Klan barbecue, minutes of Klan meetings, membership application form and recommendation card, a Klan hood and sash, and miscellaneous family photographs found with the collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ku Klux Klan papers, ms2214. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Application forms.
Athens (Ga.) -- Race relations.
Athens (Ga.) -- Social conditions.
Families -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Fund raising -- Georgia -- Athens.
Hoods (headgear)
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.) -- Finance
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.) -- Membership
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.) -- Records and correspondence
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.) -- Uniforms
Membership cards.
Minutes (administrative records)
Racism -- Georgia -- Athens -- History -- 20th century.
Receipts (financial records)
Sashes (costume accessories)
White supremacy movements -- Georgia -- Athens.

Related Collections in this Repository

For related materials located in the Hargrett Library, see also the following collections: ms582(m) Ku Klux Klan collection; ms712 Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records; ms1491 Lyman W. Denton-The Ku Klux Klan and the days of reconstruction; ms1694 The revival of the Ku Klux Klan; ms2667(m) Ku Klux Klan in Georgia; ms2955(m) Ku Klux Klan ephemera collection; ms3685 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan pamphlet; ms3686 Women of the Ku Klux Klan; ms3690 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Charter for Bowden, Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Fragment, Letter of Resolution
12Letter to Athens Klan #5
15Athens Klan #5 Letterhead
16Receipt Stubs
17Membership Form, Recommendation
18Warning Letter
19Minutes of Meetings
112Miscellaneous Photographs and Receipts