DURHAM — Duke University has received a large collection of papers documenting extremist and hate groups in the United States.
The collection was donated by the Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project and includes some 90 boxes of periodicals, pamphlets and other papers about extremist groups over three decades. The materials document groups such as neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists and border vigilantes.
The collection could be a gold mine for scholars who track extremist movements and radical groups. It will be housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke.
The papers will be added to Dukes Human Rights Archive, which documents social movements in the United States. The library also has an extensive collection of materials on the Ku Klux Klan dating back to the Civil War era.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Centers Intelligence Project monitors hate groups and other extremists in the United States. It works to expose their activities to law enforcement and has waged legal battles against violent groups.