Wyn Craig Wade Ku Klux Klan collection Edit


MSS 143 large


  • 1872 – 1986 (Creation)


  • 4.2 Linear Feet (Whole)
    4 boxes


  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Wyn Craig Wade Ku Klux Klan collection, MSS 143, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Wyn Craig Wade in 1986.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Jillian C. Coy in July 2013.

  • Biographical / Historical

    While researching for his book, The Fiery Cross, Wyn C. Wade spent much of his time in Special Collections at the MSU Library. To show his gratitude, he later donated a collection of his research materials (Box 2) to Special Collections. After Wade’s death, his wife donated the rest of the collection.

    The Fiery Cross traces the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning during the Reconstruction era to the 1990s. Wade details the history of the group, particularly the resurgence of the KKK after the release of D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation and the group’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Finally, Wade thoroughly analyzes not only the KKK’s history, but also its dark future.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of notes, correspondences, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, drafts and manuscripts of Wyn C. Wade’s book, The Fiery Cross. Also included are a cassette tape, pocket knife, copper money clip and transcripts of interviews with Stetson Kennedy.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by drafts of The Fiery Cross and then research materials used.

  • Other Finding Aids

    Directory (14 p.) available in library itemizes contents of each folder.