Ku Klux Klan Collection 

TITLE: Ku Klux Klan Collection 

DATE RANGE: 1921-1931


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)

PROVENANCE: This collection was donated in 1993 by Harvey Johnson and B. Johnny Rube to the Arizona Historical Society – Tucson Division.  It was transferred to the Arizona Historical Society – Rio Colorado Division on February 14, 2013. 


RESTRICTIONS: This collection is unrestricted.   

CREDIT LINE: Ku Klux Klan Records, Y-MS 28, Yuma County Library District

PROCESSED BY: Dave Tackenberg under the supervision of Archivist Rose Byrne, July 1997, AHS- Tucson 


The brief summary of the Klan by B. Johnny Rube entitled “Yuma County’s Invisible Empire: The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” indentifies the organization coming to Arizona in 1921. The Yuma Klan held their meetings at Somerton, Arizona ten miles southwest of Yuma. It was claimed that over 2,000 persons attended some local Klan meetings with “at least 50 or more men” becoming members. Most individuals left the Yuma membership early in 1925.


This collection consists of correspondence, publications, membership materials, and blank forms associated with the Yuma County Ku Klux Klan Chapter. Also contained in the collection is a catalogue of official robes and banners for purchase, along with a brief pamphlet of Klan organizational history in western Arizona. There are eight photos and ten negatives depicting materials in the collection.

One oral recording of the Somerton Star talk by Dr. Minor about the Ku Klux Klan was transferred to the Oral History collection, AHS-Tucson.


Box Folder Title Dates
1 1 Newspaper articles about the KKK in Yuma and Arizona by Johnny Rube and Frank Love  1982-2000
  2 Manuscript: “Yuma County’s Invisible Empire: The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” by B. Johnny Rube 1983
  3 Klan Membership Applications (both blank forms and completed) 1924 – 1925
  4 Donation and Receipt Forms n.d. 
  5 Miscellaneous Klan Blank Forms n.d. 
  6 Klan Contract and Arizona Newsletter and Bulletin 1929
  7 Klan Document from Fulton County, Georgia 1921
  8 Ku Klux Klan Constitution & Laws and Klan Building Pamphlets 1921
  9 Klan Informational Handouts and Pamphlets n.d. 
  10 Periodical: The Kourier Magazine October 1930, July 1931
  11 Catalogue: “Catalogue of Official Robes and Banners” 1925
  12 Sales poster advertisement of the Exalted Cyclops robe n.d.
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