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Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records

Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records
Creator: Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.)
Inclusive Dates: 1921-1930
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)
Collection Number: ms712
Repository: Hargrett Library
Abstract: The collection consists of records of the Athens (Ga.) Klan #5 of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) from 1921-1930. The records include correspondence, newsletters, minutes, quarterly reports, membership cards, dues records, recommendation cards, receipts, and forms for robe requisitions relating to the activities of the Athens KKK #5. The correspondence (1921-1929) contains letters to the Klan asking for financial assistance, thank-yous for assistance rendered, as well as official correspondence, some from national KKK headquarters on membership standings, meetings, induction ceremonies, and recruitment. The correspondence also discusses Georgia politics, especially the 1926 gubernatorial election. The minutes (1925-1926) document Klan meetings and contain information on dues paid, elections, social events or official ceremonies, help for the needy, and investigations of new or current members.

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was 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.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ku Klux Klan, Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.) records, ms712, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Governors -- Georgia -- Election.
Men -- Georgia -- Societies and clubs.
Minutes (administrative records)
Racism -- Georgia -- Athens -- History -- 20th century.
Secret societies -- Georgia.

Related Collections in this Repository

For related materials located in the Hargrett Library, see also the following collections: MS 582(m) Ku Klux Klan collection; MS 1491 Lyman W. Denton-The Ku Klux Klan and the days of reconstruction; MS 1694 The revival of the Ku Klux Klan; MS 2214 Ku Klux Klan papers; ms2667(m) Ku Klux Klan in Georgia; MS2955(m) Ku Klux Klan ephemera collection; MS 3685 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan pamphlet; MS 3686 Women of the Ku Klux Klan; MS 3690 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Charter for Bowden, Georgia.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, No Date
12Correspondence, 1923
13Correspondence, 1924
14Correspondence, 1925
15-8Correspondence, 1925
19-12Correspondence, 1926
113-14Correspondence, 1927
115Correspondence, 1928
116Correspondence, 1929
117Correspondence, 1930's
22Bulletins, No Date
23Bulletins, 1923
24Bulletins, 1924
25Bulletins, 1925
26-7Bulletins, 1926
28Bulletins, 1927
29Bulletins, 1928
210Bulletins, 1929
211J. W. Gates Case
212Miscellaneous blank official forms
214Ceremonial instructions
215Miscellaneous receipts
218Requisition forms
219Membership applications
220Robe requisitions
31Membership cards
32Robe measurements forms
33Klabee's official receipts
34Official certificates of donations
35K-Duo applications
36The Sin Fein oath
37Ancient Order of Hibernians
38Quarterly reports
4Recommendation cards and receipts
5American Flags; Hoods; Patch; Banner