The Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, which monitors and reports hate and extremist groups in the U.S., has donated its 30 year collection of extremist materials to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. The 90 boxes of periodicals, pamphlets, flyers, and other documents will be added to the Library's Human Rights Archive. The mission of the Human Rights Archive is to "identify, collect, and provide access to materials generated by organizations and individuals working within and having significant social impact on the field of human rights." This donation will be a significant addition to the Library's already extensive collection of American social movements and its collection on Ku Klux Klan materials that documents the group from the 1860s to the present day.
The SPLC's collection extends beyond the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, including materials on a variety of other hate groups such as border vigilantes, black separatists, and white nationalists. Once the library prepares the documents for use they will be available to researchers and scholars to examine the histories of extremist organizations and the efforts to monitor them.
"We are especially pleased that these relatively rare materials will finally be made available to scholars who research America's radical right. We look forward to learning from their scholarship," said Heidi Beirich, Director of the SPLC's Intelligence Project.