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William Harley collection

Identifier: L407

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of the unpublished manuscript for a book William R. Harley had written titled “Behind the Ku Klux Klan.” It also includes some pages that had been edited and removed from the manuscript. Each chapter includes a separate section of footnotes. Also included is a synopsis of the book to present to publishers. A letter regarding Harley’s publisher difficulties is also included, dated the same year as his death. The box that contained the manuscript is also present in the collection.


  • 1947


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.

Biographical Note

William R. Harley was born in Delphi, Indiana in 1894 or 1895 to Charley and Mary Raney Harley. He graduated from Delphi High School in 1912. Harley attended Wabash College from which he graduated with degrees in English and Journalism in 1916. He worked as a journalist for the Kokomo Tribune and The Indianapolis News. Harley was a professor of journalism at both the University of Kansas at Lawrence, and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He wrote editorials for newspapers in Los Angeles, Boston and Dayton, Ohio. William R. Harley died in Dayton in 1947.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one manuscript organized by chapter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2003 by Amy C. Belcher. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/14 by Lauren Patton.
William Harley collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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