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Finding Aid for the James Richardson papers on the Ku Klux Klan in Southern California, 1910-1985 (bulk 1975-1985)
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Richardson papers on the Ku Klux Klan in Southern California
    Date (bulk): 1910-1985 (bulk 1975-1985)
    Collection number: 1818
    Creator: Richardson, James, 1953-
    Extent: 5 document boxes (2.5 linear ft.) 1 shoe box.
    Abstract: Research materials, notes, transcripts and audio cassette interviews relating to the Ku Klux Klan group based in Southern California in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These materials were created, collected and assembled by James Richardson (b. 1953), who was a journalist and investigative reporter for The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) and other California newspapers. The collection contains Richardson's materials for his investigative reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in Riverside. This includes Richardson's coverage of the 1980 43rd Congressional District election between Republican Clair Burgener and Democrat Tom Metzger, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan in California. The only material in the collection with no connection to the Ku Klux Klan is Richardson's reporting of the conspiracy and perjury trial of San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of James Richardson, August 8, 2008.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Krystal Appiah in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Richardson papers on the Ku Klux Klan in Southern California (Collection 1818). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6291056 

    Biography

    The bulk of the collection relates to the Ku Klux Klan group based in the Riverside-San Bernardino area in the late 1970s and early 1980s. These materials were created, collected and assembled by James Richardson (b. 1953), who was a journalist and investigative reporter for The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) and other California newspapers.
    During this period, the Ku Klux Klan had three branches in California, with the Riverside-San Bernardino group probably being the largest. The Riverside-San Bernardino area "Realm of California" branch was initially part of the national organization "Knights of the Ku Klux Klan," but split from the group in 1979 after disputes between Klan leader Thomas Metzger and Grand Wizard David Duke. Metzger then created the separate organization "Ku Klux Klan of California" (also referred to as the "California Knights of the Ku Klux Klan") and appointed himself State Director.
    In 1980, Metzger made headlines when he won the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives with over 40,000 votes in a San Diego-area district. The Democrats disavowed his candidacy, instead endorsing incumbent four-term Republican Clair Burgener. Metzger lost by over 200,000 votes, which was 86 percent of the vote.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains Richardson's notes, transcripts and audio cassettes of interviews, and research materials for his investigative reporting on the Ku Klux Klan in Riverside. This includes Richardson's coverage of the 1980 43rd Congressional District election between Republican incumbent Clair Burgener and Democrat Tom Metzger, the leader of the Ku Klux Klan in California.
    The only material in the collection with no connection to the Ku Klux Klan is Richardson's reporting of the conspiracy and perjury trial of San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The original arrangement of the creator was maintained during processing. The only exceptions are for the notebooks and audio cassette tapes which had no discernable order. The notebooks are arranged alphabetically by subject and the cassettes are arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Richardson, James, 1953- –Archives.
    Ku Klux Klan (1915- )–California