Finding Aid for the Women of the Ku Klux Klan Collection

MUM00484

PURL

http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM00484/

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Summary Information

Repository
University of Mississippi Libraries
Creator
Women of the Ku Klux Klan
Title
Women of the Ku Klux Klan Collection
ID
MUM00484
Date
1919-1938
Extent
0.21 Linear feet (1 half Hollinger box)
Language of Materials
English
Abstract
Collection contains a few pieces of correspondence, published literature, and notes related to the Women of the Ku Klux Klan. Items were created 1919-1938.

Preferred Citation

Women of the Ku Klux Klan Collection (MUM00484), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Historical Note

The Women of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK) was a women's auxiliary group that supported the Ku Klux Klan during the group's early years, when women were prohibited from joining the KKK themselves. Members were often related to men who belonged to the KKK. The WKKK primarily focused on educational, moral, and civic initiatives to support the Klan's agenda.

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Scope and Content

Collection contains a few pieces of correspondence, published literature, and notes related to the Women of the Ku Klux Klan. Items were created 1919-1938.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries February 2013

Access Restrictions

The Women of the Ku Klux Klan Collection is open for research.

Many items in this collection are fragile and brittle. Researchers are encouraged to use the digital collection rather than the originals.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Additions

No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

The Archives and Special Collections purchased the entire collection from one seller on eBay. The content indicates that the original owner, Mrs. J.W. Wheeler of Coahoma, MS, was an officer in the Clarksdale chapter of the Women of the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s.

Processing Information

Processed by University of Mississippi Department Special Collections Staff. EAD-encoded finding aid begun September 2005 by Chatham Ewing. Finding aid completed by Kathryn Michaelis, February 2013.

Alternative Formats

This collection has been digitized.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

For more collection related to the Ku Klux Klan and similar organizations, please see the Archives' Civil Rights and Race Relations subject guide.

Separated Materials

The following items have been removed from the collection and cataloged:

"The Truth about the Women of the Ku Klux Klan" (Little Rock, AR: Parke-Harper Pub. Co., circa 1920s) Identical to item in folder 1.5. Call number: HS2330.K63 T78 1920

"Kloran or Ritual Women of the Ku Klux Klan" (circa 1923). Call number: HS2330.K63 K56 1923

Official bulletin/Office of the Imperial Commander, Women of the Ku Klux Klan Vol. 1, No. 2 (January 1927). Call number: HS2330.K6 A56

The Kourier magazine Vol. 3, No. 7 (June 1927). Call number: HS2330.K6 A15

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ku Klux Klan (1915-) -- Southern States
  • Women of the Ku Klux Klan

Format(s)

  • broadsides (notices)
  • correspondence
  • pamphlets
  • printed ephemera

Subject(s)

  • Hate groups -- United States
  • Secret societies -- United States

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Collection Inventory

 1.1 Ellen R. Poinsett, Imperial Kligrapp, to "All Excellent Commanders and Kligrapps," undated 

Scope and Content

Re: transferring memberships

 1.2 Ellen R. Poinsett to Mrs. J.W. Wheeler in Coahoma, MS, undated 

Scope and Content

Re: lost by-laws of Clarksdale Klan #28

 1.3 Card. "Delinquent Dues Notice," circa 1920s 

 1.4 Card. Meeting notice for the "Sunshine Club," undated 

 1.5 The Truth about the Women of the Ku Klux Klan (Little Rock, AR: Parke-Harper Pub. Co.), circa 1920s 

 1.6 Five partly-printed forms with typed entries: "Standard Audit Acknowledgement," January, February, April, May, June 1928 

Scope and Content

Completed by Mrs. J.W. Wheeler of Coahoma, MS for the Clarksdale Klan #28 of Mississippi. Very brittle, pieces missing.

 1.7 Letter to "Gentlemen," 22 June 19[19] 

Scope and Content

Re: expense and sales report. Signature missing.

 1.8 Robbie Gill Comer, Imperial Commander, in Little Rock, AR to "All Major Kleagles, Excellent Commanders, and Kligrapps," 5 April 1926 

Scope and Content

Re: rules for correspondence

 1.9 Four printed receipts for "remittance, order, or report" from the Women of the Ku Klux Klan 

 1.10 Broadsheet. "C.W. Keeland & Co. Practice Set, Instruction Sheet No. 16," circa 1920s 

Scope and Content

Bottom part missing

 1.11 Doctor's prescription: Dr. F.C. Fant of Clarksdale, MS, for Mrs. Cruse Wheeler, 11 December 1932 

 1.12 Partly-printed form: "By-laws of ...Klan No....Realm of...Women of the Ku Klux Klan," circa 1920s 

Scope and Content

In pieces, possibly two complete sets

 1.13 Broadside. Margaret V. Thomas, "We Thank Thee" (Memphis, [TN]: Davis Printing Co., circa 1929 

 1.14 Printed card. "America," undated 

Scope and Content

Three copies

 1.15 Three handwritten notes 

Scope and Content

One appears to contain a meeting agenda on one side and a list of officers/members on the other. On the reverse side of a card from Kurtis-Kendall Drug Co. appears to be a list of books and authors. On the reverse side of an "Information Card, Christian Education Movement" is another list of books and authors.

 1.16 Typed notes 

Scope and Content

On reverse side of an "Information Card, Christian Education Movement" appears to be an itinerary for a Mrs. Glenn D. St. Claire from December 1937 through July 1938

 1.17 Printed card. "The Tenets of the Christian Religion," undated 

Scope and Content

17 copies

 1.18 Letter fragment containing only the date and the letterhead of the "Women of the Ku Klux Klan," 30 November 1928 

 1.19 Broadside. "Important Notice." 

Scope and Content

Re: expiration of subscription to Kourier Magazine. Torn in half.

 1.20 Broadside. "Women of the Ku Klux Klan Kreed (Original Creed Revised)" (Little Rock, AR: Imperial Headquarters), undated 

Scope and Content

7 copies with 6 having a carbon typed manuscript attached

 1.21 Handwritten Klan notes written on back of an envelope addressed to Mr. J.W. Wheeler of Coahoma, MS 

 1.22 America for Americans as Interpreted by the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, Creed of Klanswomen, Yesterday -- Today and Forever, God and Government, Law and Liberty, Peace and Prosperity, undated 

Scope and Content

Torn, pieces missing