Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records

Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Athens Klan #5 (Athens, Ga.).
Title: Ku Klux Klan- Athens Klan #5 records
Dates: 1921-1930
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes)
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.
Coll. Number: ms712

Biographical/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.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

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

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.

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.

Related Material

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
2Correspondence, 1923
3Correspondence, 1924
4Correspondence, 1925
5-8Correspondence, 1925
9-12Correspondence, 1926
13-14Correspondence, 1927
15Correspondence, 1928
16Correspondence, 1929
17Correspondence, 1930's
2Bulletins, No Date
3Bulletins, 1923
4Bulletins, 1924
5Bulletins, 1925
6-7Bulletins, 1926
8Bulletins, 1927
9Bulletins, 1928
10Bulletins, 1929
11J. W. Gates Case
12Miscellaneous blank official forms
14Ceremonial instructions
15Miscellaneous receipts
18Requisition forms
19Membership applications
20Robe requisitions
31Membership cards
2Robe measurements forms
3Klabee's official receipts
4Official certificates of donations
5K-Duo applications
6The Sin Fein oath
7Ancient Order of Hibernians
8Quarterly reports
4Recommendation cards and receipts
5American Flags; Hoods; Patch; Banner