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Wyn Craig Wade Ku Klux Klan collection

Identifier: MSS 143 large

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of notes, correspondences, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, drafts and manuscripts of Wyn C. Wade’s book, The Fiery Cross. Also included are a cassette tape, pocket knife, copper money clip and transcripts of interviews with Stetson Kennedy.


  • Creation: 1872 - 1986

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

While researching for his book, The Fiery Cross, Wyn C. Wade spent much of his time in Special Collections at the MSU Library. To show his gratitude, he later donated a collection of his research materials (Box 2) to Special Collections. After Wade’s death, his wife donated the rest of the collection.

The Fiery Cross traces the Ku Klux Klan from its beginning during the Reconstruction era to the 1990s. Wade details the history of the group, particularly the resurgence of the KKK after the release of D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation and the group’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Finally, Wade thoroughly analyzes not only the KKK’s history, but also its dark future.


4.2 Linear Feet (4 boxes) ; Box 1-3: 33 x 25 x 39.5 cm Box 4: 33.5 x 7.5 x 46 cm

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged by drafts of The Fiery Cross and then research materials used.

Other Finding Aids

Directory (14 p.) available in library itemizes contents of each folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Wyn Craig Wade in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Jillian C. Coy in July 2013.

Finding Aid for the Wyn Craig Wade Ku Klux Klan collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA