MSU Special Collections Ku Klux Klan collection Edit


MSS 315 large


  • 1920-1956 (Creation)


  • 2.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 boxes


  • Scope and Contents

    The Ku Klux Klan documents collection is comprised of letters, pamphlets, flyers, applications and petitions for membership, as well as pictures, and a Ku Klux Klan robe. Most of the material in this collection dates from the late 1920s and the 1950s, and primarily covers the Klan in New York and North Carolina.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was founded in Louisiana in 1956. It was started as an organization of white protestant Americans who at that time used violence against all other groups. In 1975 David Duke founded the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in an attempt to put a less violent face on the Klan.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • 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.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Collection created by MSU Special Collections

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, MSU Special Collections Ku Klux Klan collection, MSS 315, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed by Julia Frankosky, July 2008.