Guide to the Evelyn Rich Papers, 1956-1993
Collection consists of audio cassette tapes, transcripts, notes, photographs, and collected printed materials from Evelyn Rich's doctoral research on Ku Klux Klan ideology, conducted between 1984 and 1986. Contains interviews with Klan leaders and white supremacists David Duke, Don Black, Glen Miller, Stanley McCollum, and others, as well as recordings of rallies and speeches. Also includes documentation of Klan activities and copies of literature published by Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK; the White Patriot Party; Knights of the KKK; the Populist Party; Mountain Church; NAAWP; Institute for Historical Review; and other white supremacists and white Christian nationalist groups.
- Collection Number
- Evelyn Rich papers
- Rich, Evelyn Beatrice Mackenzie, 1957-
- 5.0 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
This collection consists of audio cassettes, transcripts, photographs, notes, and printed materials collected and created by Evelyn Rich as she researched her dissertation, "Ku Klux Klan Ideology: 1954-1988." Rich travelled the United States between 1983 and 1986, attending Ku Klux Klan rallies, meeting white nationalists like David Duke, Louis Beam, Roger Handley, Don Black, and Glen Miller. This collection contains her interviews with these men, as well as lower-level Klansmen and Klan women, discussing their backgrounds, political and racial beliefs, and their feelings and opinions on issues such as integration, the Republican Party, the Populist Party, and states' rights. The collection also includes recordings and photographs of Klan rallies, as well as copies of various white supremacist and white Christian nationalist literature and newspapers, including The Klansmen, Fiery Cross, NAAWP News, and The White Patriot.
A portion of the collection documents Rich's relationship with David Duke and Don Black, two prominent Klan leaders in the mid-1980s. Her relationship with Black is recorded through correspondence and several interviews, as well as photographs and notes from a roadtrip the two took together in 1986. Materials from Duke include extensive interviews about his beliefs on issues such as integration, the Holocaust, genetics, and white supremacy; poetry by Duke written for Rich and photographs from their trips and time together; newsletters, speeches, and political campaign ephemera from Duke's run for U.S. Senate, Louisiana governorship, and the presidency; and newspaper clippings quoting the Rich audio tapes (now held in this collection, then housed at Tulane University), which record Duke's racist and anti-Semitic ideology.
Arranged into series: Interviews; Correspondence and Name Files; and Far Right Groups: Notes, Printed Material, and Ephemera.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research. Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Contact Research Services to request the production of listening copies.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.
Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.
Use & Permissions
Evelyn Rich has given Duke University an exclusive license to exercise all intellectual property rights, including copyright, for all non-commercial uses of this collection. Any commercial uses of this collection must be granted by Evelyn Rich until her death.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Evelyn Rich Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
For some interviews only transcripts were kept. For others, multiple audiocassette copies were made; however, for ease of use, this collection guide lists only the tapes believed to be the originals, as well as the digital files created at the Rubenstein Library from those tapes. For a full list of audiocassettes in the collection, contact Rubenstein Library Research Services.
Ballwin: Grand Dragon, North Carolina White Knights of Liberty, Knight of the Ku Klux Klan; Grady: Imperial Wizard, Knight of the Ku Klux Klan
Texas Grand Dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, leader Aryan Nations.
Black: National Director, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan; Sanders: physician, future member Conservative Citizens Council Assocation; location: Bennigan's Restaurant, Homewood, AL
Imperial Wizard, Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
North Carolina Grand Kludd, Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
Partial audio. See transcript for full interview.
Incomplete excerpts of transcripts annotated: Genetic Potential, Political Ambition, Holocaust
Eastern Grand Dragon, Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK.
Vice-Chairman, National States Rights Party; founder of The New Order of Knights of the KKK.
Imperial Wizard, White Knights of Liberty of the KKK.
Rutherford County Guard, Invisible Empire of the KKK.
Eastern Grand Dragon, Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK.
Rutherford County Titan, Captain of the Security Guard, Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK.
Cleveland County Great Titan, Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK.
Former Imperial Klaliff of the Invisible Empire; Ohio State Chairman of the Populist Party.
Captain of the Guards and Titan, Cleveland County Chapter of the Invisible Empire, Knights of the KKK.
Head of White Patriot Party. Also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. or Frazier Glenn Cross.
Widow of Mike Nathan, murdered in the Greensboro Massacre in 1979 (see interview with Glenn Miller).
Alabama White Knights of the KKK; candidate for mayor of Falkville, AL.
Emperor, Invisible Empire, South Carolina Knights of the KKK.
Sutes: Titan of the 9th Province, White Knights of Liberty.
Queen Kleagle, White Knights of Liberty, Knights of the KKK.
Founding member, American Nazi Party; Grand Dragon, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Interview conducted at 8th Annual Institute for Historical Review (IHR) Conference
Photocopies of Morris Dees (SPLC) mail and conversation transcript with Berryhills, and a letter from the Center for Democratic Renewal.
Handwritten poetry, KKK doodles, and drafts of notes by Duke for Evelyn Rich, written on notebook paper and La Quinta Hotel stationary. Also, assorted photographs of Duke, including at Populist Party meeting.
Including quotes by Glenn Miller. Recording CS-0031.
Recording CS-0022, CS-0010.
3 copies. Recording CS-0029.
Presumably from Jasper and Kennesaw, GA.
Includes 2 photographs.
Presumably from her visit to the Free Association Forum, 1986. Recording CS-0013.
Assorted items from Duke's run for Senate, LA Governor, and the US Presidency.
Includes clippings re: Rich's recordings and her media interviews.
"Tape 1: Col. James Buford, 'Report from Chicago,' Edward Melkonian, 'Report from Illinois,' Thom Robb, 'Christians Awake,' Pastor John Gerhardt, 'Stay out of the argument,' Robert Miles, Craig Mackenzie, 'The Kondratieff Wave.'"
"Tape 3: Capt. Boone, 'Keystone News,' Robert Miles, Maj. D.V. Clerkin, 'The Talon Report,' Robert Miles, Don Black, 'Red Clay and Political Hay,' Robert Miles, Pastor Robert Strittmatter, 'Why the Northwest,' Robert Miles, Glen Miller."
Evelyn Rich interview with Joe Fields and David Duke, from 1986, used for KCBS radio story on David Duke
Evelyn Rich (1957- ) was born in England, and arrived in the United States in 1978. She travelled extensively through the country researching her dissertation between 1983 and 1986; during that period she met and interviewed many Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists. Rich earned her doctorate from Boston University in 1988. She is also the partner of Jared Taylor, founder of American Renaissance (another white nationalist group, based in Northern Virginia).
See also: Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project Collection, also held in the Rubenstein Library.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Beam, Louis R.
- Duke, David Ernest
- Ellis, C. P. (Claiborne Paul)
- Institute for Historical Review
- Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1975)
- Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
- Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (1975)
- Mountain Church of Jesus Christ the Savior (Cohoctah, Mich.)
- Miller, Glenn, 1940-
- National Association for the Advancement of White People
- Populist Party (U.S. : 1984-1996)
- White Patriot Party
The Evelyn Rich Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.
Acquired through support of Stan Brown, Trinity '92.
Processed by RL Staff, Jan. 2017
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0328