A handbill advertising a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Auburn, New York. The handbill is off white with red ink. The front of the handbill reads “Kome KLANSMAN Kome / KAYUGA KOUNTY KLAN / Field Day and Demonstration / Lakeside Park, Auburn / Saturday & Sunday Oct. 1st & 2nd / We invite all Native born Protestants of good character / Krusaders, Tri K girls, Women of the K. K. K., / Klansmen and Juniors / SATURDAY AFTERNOON & EVENING / SPORTS, BAND CONCERTS – LADIES FIFE AND DRUM / CORPS – STREET [ARADE AT 4:00 P. M. /Does America Need the Klan? / Explained by National and State Speakers / RELIGIOUS SERVICES SUNDAY / Free Camping Space Luncheon Served on the Grounds.” The back of the handbill is blank.
A Ku Klux Klan membership card owned by Axel Javert. The paper card is printed in black, gold, green and red ink. The top of the card has “K-UNO K-DUO / KNIGHTS OF THE KU KLUX KLAN.” A red black and green insignia is at top center. The insignia has the words “Duty” and “Honor” incorporated in it. Text stating that Axel Javert is a member of the Ku Klux Klan appears below the insignia. The bottom is signed and dated by Axel Javert and H. Alanson Ayres. The back of the card has spaces to enter the owner’s signature and address.
A program printed on white paper with black ink. The program is made up of a folded piece of paper making four pages including the front and back pages. Printed at the top of the front page is "Seventh Province Annual Field Days Monroe Kounty." Song lyrics are printed on the rest of the program. Included songs are America, Star-Spangled Banner, Nearer My God to Thee, Onward Valiant Klansmen, Bright Fiery Cross, The Mystic City, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Rock of Ages, Our Mothers of Liberty.
The oral history consists of ten digital files: 2011.174.38.1a, 2011.174.38.1b, 2011.174.38.1c, 2011.174.38.1d, 2011.174.38.1e, 2011.174.38.1f, 2011.174.38.1g, 2011.174.38.1h, 2011.174.38.1i, and 2011.174.38.1j.
Priscilla Tietjen Bassett recalls growing up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attending Smith College, and Emmett W. Bassett, Ph. D. remembers growing up in Henry County, Virginia, serving in World War II, and attending Tuskegee Institute, where he assisted George Washington Carver with research. They tell how they met at a protest of a segregated restaurant in Massachusetts, raising money for Emmett Till's mother, their involvement in many civil rights groups in New York, and attending the March on Washington. They also discuss Dr. Bassett’s career as a professor of dairy science, Mrs. Bassett's career as a librarian, and their struggles as an interracial married couple.