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Catholic Truth Society Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0096

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises correspondence and other literature pertaining to the Catholic Truth Society as well as three scrapbooks, with indices inside the front cover of each, of Catholic-interest clippings.

Dates

  • 1922 to 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1922 - 1939

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Catholic Truth Society Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

The Catholic Truth Society was created in response to the rise in the Ku Klux Klan in the Houston area in the early 1920s. The Klan was anti-Catholic, describing Catholics as immoral outsiders with a perverted faith and a primary political allegiance to Rome. Because Catholics who defended their faith from the allegations made by the Klan were often subject to physical attacks, the Catholic Truth Society provided a post office box and a partially anonymous platform (some members did use their names) whereby letters to the editor and other articles could be mailed and published and correspondence received. Even after Houston membership in the Klan began to wane, in the mid to late 1920s, the Catholic Truth Society continued its work, disseminating Catholic literature and writing to all local papers to clarify and correct misconceptions about Catholic doctrine. It was involved in the nationwide religious agitation in 1934 against perceived immorality in motion pictures, a direct cause of the enforcement of the Hays Code (in existence since 1930, but generally disregarded until religious leaders began to organize nationwide boycotts). As anti-Catholic persecution decreased, so did membership and interest in the Catholic Truth Society.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (One document box)

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