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Ku Klux Klan in North Dakota, 1916-1981

Collection Overview

Title: Ku Klux Klan in North Dakota, 1916-1981


Creator: Ku Klux Klan (1865-)

Extent: 0.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1981

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the Ku Klux Klan in North Dakota consists of newspaper articles, Klan publications, and historical journal articles regarding Klan activity in North Dakota and, primarily in Grand Forks, during the 1920s. Also included is a photocopy of the application and charter for Grand Forks Klan #1 to incorporate as a fraternal society. The charter was issued by the Imperial Wizard, Emperor of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on June 4, 1922, and officially recognized the Grand Forks Klan to perform all acts under Klan law. The charter was accepted by the Grand Forks Klan, also known as the Ansax Club, on September 21, 1923, but was never officially chartered due to insufficient funds. Some of these records were originally part of the North Dakota Pamphlet File.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additional materials were received from Dr. Richard Beringer, Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1995 (95-2015) and Jerry Newborg, State Historical Society of North Dakota, in 1998 (2005-2763).

Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

Acquisition Method: Transferred from the North Dakota Pamphlet File in 1981 (81-688 and 81-731)

Preferred Citation: (Description of Item). Ku Klux Klan in North Dakota. OGLMC 598, Box #, Folder #. Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid added to Archon in December 2013.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ku Klux Klan document, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Copies were found on the UND campus in December 1964 and April 1965. Includes an overview of KKK history and overtly racist language.
Folder 2: Voice of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1923) and Voice of the Ku Klux Klan (1924)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Ku Klux Klan in Grand Forks, North Dakota" by William L. Harwood, South Dakota History, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper articles on Klan activity, Grand Forks Herald, 1920-26Add to your cart.

This is a list of other articles that can be found in the Grand Forks Herald, but were so small they were not copied:

April 13, 1920, page 1; September 12, 1922, page 16; December 28, 1922; January 11, 1923, page 1; January 24, 1923, page 1; January 25, 1923, page 4; January 27, 1923, page 1; January 31, 1923, page 1; February 2, 1923, page 1; March 15, 1923, page 1; September 9, 1923, page 1; September 10, 1923, page 1; March 20, 1924, page 5; March 24, 1924, page 8; April 2, 1924, page 1;   April 5, 1924, page 1; April 12, 1924, page 1; June 28, 1924, page 4; October 10, 1925, page 1; April 19, 1927, page 5; March 18, 1928, page 1; March 25, 1928, page 1

Folder 5: Newspaper articles on Klan activity - miscellaneous newspapers, 1922-65Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Simon Johnson and the Ku Klux Klan in Grand Forks" by Odd S. Lovoll, North Dakota Quarterly, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Kloran, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Grand Forks Klan #1 Application and Charter, 1922-23Add to your cart.