Sheet music for the song "The Bright Fiery Cross" by Alvia O. Deree and George Bennard. The sheet music has two pages and is printed on white paper with blue, red and black ink. The front cover features a red cross surrounded by Klu Klux Klan members in white robes and hoods at center. Written in bold white text is “THE BRIGHT FIERY CROSS / By / Alvia O. DeRee” at top and “OUR SONG / Price 60¢.” The back of the sheet music features an advertisement for a phonographic recording of the song.
An informational pamphlet on the Ku Klux Klan written by William Joseph Simmons, Imperial Wizard. The cover of the pamphlet features a light-colored illustration and text against a dark background. The illustration depicts a hooded and robed figure holding a flaming torch aloft while riding a horse that is also hooded and robed. The text reads [THE / KU / KLUX KLAN / YESTERDAY / TODAY AND / FOREVER / THE "FIERY" SUMMONS / WILLIAM JOSEPH SIMMONS / IMPERIAL WIZARD]. The pamphlet contains a declaration and the Ku Klux Klan creed.
Albumen print of members of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. The men are in full uniform standing in front of a grandstand at The Ohio State University. The grandstand is filled with people. A large American flag is visible in the left side of the photograph.
Albumen print of a group of African American Odd Fellows. The men are in full uniform standing in front of a grandstand at The Ohio State University. There are tears and loss along the edges, and there is a tear from top center to center right.
A Ku Klux Klan (KKK) robe worn by a member of an undetermined rank. The calf-length robe is made from ivory synthetic satin and has full-length sleeves that are slightly flared near the cuff. The robe has a neckband that is lined with red satin and that closes with two sets of snap fasteners. Seven (7) snap fasteners run almost the full length of the button band at the center front. The robe has bands of red, white and blue ribbon sewn near the bottom of the robe approximately five (5) inches from the hem. There are single red ribbon bands at the cuff of each sleeve and running down the proper left and right sides of the button bands. The robe is not lined and there is a single, center back vent measuring 20.75 inches from the hem. There are ivory satin belt loops on each side of the waist. Sewn over the proper left breast is a machine embroidered patch with an ivory satin cross outlined in black against a red satin background with a “blood drop,” embroidered in red, oriented vertically in the center of the cross. The black lines on the patch form a cross with a black diamond in the middle of the cross. The design is typically referred to as the "Mystic Insignia of a Klansman" (MIOAK). The robe has an attached ivory synthetic satin semi-circular half cape with red synthetic satin lining. The half cape has a snap closure sewn to either side of the bottom, front corners.
A hardcover book titled “The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Ku Klux Klan” written by Thomas F. Dixon. The 374-paged book has a red cover with white lettering. The front pastedown page has a bookplate adhered to it at top left. The bookplate reads “LIBRARY OF / LEON W. Schumann / No. Date.” An inscription written in black ink is located on the front free endpaper at center. The inscription reads “Bessie / from / Uncle Aaron / Christmas, 1915.” The work is the second volume in a Ku Klux Klan trilogy by Dixon that included The Leopard's Spots and The Traitor. The novel is set in Reconstruction-era United States and concerns the Klan's role in protecting white Southerners from carpetbaggers and an oppressive government that would turn former enslaved persons against white Southerners.