Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection: Subseries 1.1: Correspondence: General S-Z
Scope and Contents of the Subseries
The subseries contains correspondence between Martin Luther King, Jr. and various individuals and organizations from 1953 to 1968. There are letters, telegrams, greeting cards, carbon copies, postcards, invitations, and hate mail. The correspondence is primarily professional often accompanied by enclosures, with few personal letters. Among the topics discussed are civil rights, discrimination, SCLC activities, politics, equal employment, education, housing, passive resistance, poverty, religion, riots, voter registration, the Vietnam War, and other social issues. There are also requests for speeches, information, visits, assistance, critiques of other writers, autographs, reprints of his work, and other invitations. Some letters praise King’s activities, offer encouragement, convey donations, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize while others are critical of his positions or overtly hostile. In the outgoing correspondence, there are both carbon copies and handwritten drafts of letter from King and his secretaries. The subjects discussed in these communications include thanks for contributions, responses to requests, non-violence, status of the movement, fundraising appeals, his stance on the war in Vietnam, and personal messages.
Within this portion of the subseries, there is correspondence with civil rights activists, religious leaders, and pacifists. Correspondents include Fred Shuttlesworth, Benjamin Spock, Gardner C. Taylor, Norman Thomas, Howard Thurman, Harry Wachtel, Roy Wilkins, Harris Wofford, Malcolm X, and Whitney Young. These papers discuss Dr. King’s work, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, religion, poverty, and the activities of various organizations
Many of the items in this subseries have annotations written on them, presumably by King’s secretaries. There are terms indicating the topic of the correspondence, stamps indicating the date of receipt, directions on how to respond, shorthand passages, underlining, circles, check marks, and numbers. These annotations are written in an unknown hand unless otherwise noted in the item description. There are some instances where King himself wrote instructions on the letters and they are described accordingly. In addition, notes about a letter’s content were occasional attached by the staff as well.
- Creation: 1936-1968
Language of Materials
Materials are in English, French, German, and Japanese.
Restrictions on Access
Access is restricted to digital surrogates available in Archives and Special Collections Department of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.
Restrictions on Use
All documents in this collection either are protected by copyright or are the property Morehouse College, and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. Permission to consult the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection does not automatically include permission to publish from the Collection. Permission to publish or quote from previously unpublished materials or from materials under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder. Requests for permission to publish any of Dr. King’s copyrighted speeches, sermons, books or other writings, in whole or in part, shall be addressed to Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., 449 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30312.
7.5 Linear feet
Arrangement of the Subseries
The subseries is arranged alphabetically.
Because of the large size of this subseries, it is described in four separate sections: A-D; E-K; L-R; and S-Z.
Photographs separated to appropriate housing in Series 13: Photographs.
- African American Baptists
- African American press
- African American student movements
- African Americans -- Economic conditions
- African Americans -- Housing
- African Americans -- Politics and government
- African Americans -- Politics and government
- African Americans -- Segregation
- African Americans--Civil rights
- African Americans--Education
- African Americans--Georgia--Atlanta
- African Americans--Religion
- African Americans--Social conditions
- Black power
- Communism--United States.
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Correspondence.
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Oratory.
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968--Public appearances.
- Nobel Prizes
- Passive resistance.
- Poor People’s Campaign.
- Race discrimination
- Race relations
- Records and correspondence
- Vietnam War (1961-1975)
- Voter registration
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 (Person)
- McDonald, Dora E., 1925-2007 (Person)
- King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006 (Person)
- Smith, Lillian (Lillian Eugenia), 1897-1966 (Person)
- Taylor, Gardner C. (Person)
- Wachtel, Harry H., 1917-1997 (Person)
- Wheeler, John H (John Hervey) (Person)
- Wofford, Harris (Person)
- X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 (Person)
- Young, Whitney M. (Person)
- Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Organization)
- Adult Education Council of Greater Chicago (Organization)
- AFL-CIO (Organization)
- American Friends Service Committee (Organization)
- Citizens’ Crusade Against Poverty (Organization)
- Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) (Organization)
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Organization)
- National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing (Organization)
- National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (U.S.) (Organization)
- National Urban League (Organization)
- Negotiation Now! (Organization) (Organization)
- Sigma Pi Phi (Organization)
- Southern Conference Educational Fund (Organization)
- Southern Regional Council (Organization)
- Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) (Organization)
- Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Organization)
- United Federation of Teachers (Organization)
- United Nations (Organization)
- United Negro College Fund (Organization)
- United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Organization)
- United States. Congress. House (Organization)
- United States. Congress. Senate (Organization)
- United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (Organization)
- United States. Office of Economic Opportunity (Organization)
- United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Organization)
- Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
- Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection, Subseries 1.1: Correspondence: General S-Z
- Finding aid prepared by Bridget T. Lerette
- 2009 March
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- Finding aid written in English.