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Bernard Davids collection

 Collection
Call Number: RH WL MS 59

Overview

Bernard F. Davids was an original member of the American Nazi Party under George Lincoln Rockwell and politically active in far-right and white supremacist movements. This collection includes publications and mailings from right-wing organizations, personal correspondence, and an extensive collection of news clippings. Of particular note are internal materials from David Duke's electoral campaigns and from the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP).

Dates

  • 1970 - 2013

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Bernard F. Davids (1941-)

Bernard F. Davids was born in 1941. He was an original member of the American Nazi Party under George Lincoln Rockwell and has been politically active in far-right and white supremacist movements throughout his adult life, including the White Party of America, in Florida, North Carolina, and nationally.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Scope and Contents

The collection has been organized into four series: David Duke campaign materials, personal papers regarding the National Association for the Advancement of White People and other white supremacist organizations; newspaper clippings collected by Davids on a wide range of topics related to race relations, white supremacy, and related themes; and miscellaneous publications and ephemera. Oversize materials have been physically separated and are described at the end of each relevant series.

Of particular interest in this collection are internal documents from David Duke's electoral campaigns, internal documents from the National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP), photos of a 1993 Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally in Davie, Florida, and a file of annotated 1990s news clippings about the "ongoing race war" in New Orleans.

Also included in the collection are various mailings, publications, and advertisements from far-right groups in the United States and Europe; and news clippings and printed articles on German Nazism, neo-Nazism and white supremacy, Holocaust remembrance and denial, race in America, Judaism in America, political and military conspiracies, and other related topics.

Arrangement

Organized into 4 series: Series 1. David Duke campaign materials; Series 2. Personal papers; Series 3. News clippings; Series 4. Publications and ephemera

Physical Location

RH WL MS 59

Physical Location

RH WL MS Q12

Physical Location

RH WL MS R16

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Bernard F. Davids, November 2017.

Separated Materials

Several publications were separated after arrival at Spencer Research Library and individually cataloged.

Processing Information

All materials have been frozen as part of treatment for potential insect and mold damage.

This collection was processed concurrently with the Karl Allen collection, having arrived at Spencer Research Library at the same time from the same source. Some materials were not clearly delineated upon arrival as being part of Davids' collection or part of Allen's collection. In cases where ownership by Davids was not explicit and the material was dated within the scope of the Allen collection (approximately the 1960s-1970s), materials were processed as part of the Allen collection.

The majority of the Davids material arrived unfoldered and, as such, most folder names were derived by the processor.

Title
Guide to the Bernard Davids Collection
Subtitle
Bernard Davids collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by geb, 2020. Finding aid encoded by geb, 2020 and gem, 2021.
Date
2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/7235494933
Preferred citation
Bernard Davids ccollection, RH WL MS 59, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

Contact:
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