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Application, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, 1920s
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles
Date Created and/or Issued
ca. 1923
Publication Information
California State University, Northridge
Contributing Institution
California State University, Northridge
In Our Own Backyard - Resisting Nazi Propaganda (Exhibit)
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
In response to the spread of organized anti-Semitism in the United States during the 1930s, leaders of Los Angeles' Jewish community formed a special defense organization known as the Los Angeles Jewish Community Committee. The committee later changed its name to the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee. The collection documents the committee's efforts to combat prejudice and educate the public through cooperation with both Jewish and non-Jewish groups, from its formation in 1933 through the early 1990s.
This is an application form for the Ku Klux Klan from the 1920s. The heading reads "Imperial Palace; Invisible Empire; Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (Incorporated)." On either side of the heading are matching illustrations of a KKK member on horseback, in full Klan regalia: white hood and robe, with the horse similarly bedecked. The form begins as a letter, reading: "We have been requested by one of your personal friends to get in touch with you." It goes on to ask a series of 20 questions, including: "Are you a Gentile or a Jew?" "Do you believe in the principles of a PURE Americanism?" "What is your religious faith?" and "Do you honestly believe in the practice of REAL fraternity?" It then asks for a signature, address and telephone number. 11 x 8.5 in.
Application form
28 x 21.5 cm
White supremacy movements
Secret societies
Fraternal organizations
Subversive activities
Box CRC/1 16-27
Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, Community Relations Committee Collection
In Our Own Backyard: Resisting Nazi Propaganda in Southern California, 1933-1945
California State University Northridge. University Library. Special Collections & Archives. Urban Archives

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