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William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Legion of America collection

 Collection — Folder: S1050
Identifier: S1050

Scope and Contents

This collection includes original Silver Legion of America pamplet, Silver Legion of America letter, and Silver Shirt Enrollment Application. Also included is a copy of William Pelley's New York Times obituary, and inventories of microfilm records and periodicals.


  • 1933-1965

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Collection provides insight on the anti-Semitic organization, the Silver Legion of America, and its founder, William Dudley Pelley, modeled on Adolf Hitler's Nazi SS, or Brown Shirts, in 1933.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

The Silver Legion of America original documents were received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Owen Davis, 1946/03/06.


Further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/09 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/09 by Linda Gellert.
William Dudley Pelley and the Silver Legion of America collection
Linda Gellert
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.