Women of the Ku Klux Klan collection

Women of the Ku Klux Klan collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Women of the Ku Klux Klan.
Title: Women of the Ku Klux Klan collection
Dates: circa 1920s
Quantity: 2.0 folders
Coll. Number: ms3686

Biographical/Historical Note

The Women of the Ku Klux Klan (WKKK), formed in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1923, was established as an auxiliary group to the all male Ku Klux Klan. They made efforts to incorporate racism, nationalism, traditional morality, and religious intolerance into everyday life through mostly non-violent tactics such as rituals, boycotts, rites of passage, school reform, and lobbying. From 1923 to 1931, the Little Rock–based national WKKK wrote, published, and disseminated numerous documents in which the Imperial Officers set forth the tenets to which all members were to adhere. To qualify for membership, one had to be a native-born, white, Protestant woman; membership in turn signaled a Klanswoman’s belief in Christianity “as practiced by enlightened Protestant churches,” the separation of church and state, the home as society’s foundation, free public schooling, the “supremacy of the Constitution of the United States,” freedom of speech and worship, impartial justice, no racial mixing, and immigration restriction.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of pamphlets and guides to ceremonies, including installation ceremony, pledge of loyalty and oath of allegiance. An application for membership, election notification slip, Imperial Passport (membership card), red silk sash, diploma, and membership charter are also included.


Index Terms

Pamphlets.
Printed ephemera.
White supremacy movements--United States--20th century.
Women of the Ku Klux Klan.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Women of the Ku Klux Klan collection, ms 3689. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript library, University of Georgia Libraries.


Related Material

For related materials located in the Hargrett Library, see also the following collections: MS 582 Ku Klux Klan collection; MS 712 Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records; 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 Ku Klux Klan in Georgia; MS2955 Ku Klux Klan ephemera collection; MS 3685 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan pamphlet; MS 3690 Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Charter for Bowden, Georgia.

Related materials in other repositories include the Women of the Ku Klux Klan Collection, MUM00484, University of Mississippi Libraries, University of Mississippi and the Records of the Women of the Ku Klux Klan, 1923-1927, 013141274, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
BoxFolder
11Pamphlets, programs, songbook, application, membership card, constitution, letterhead, guides to ceremonies, circa 1920s ( 1.0 folder )
 
OS Folder
1Charter, diploma, and red silk sash, circa 1920s ( 1.0 folder )