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Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection: Subseries 1.2: Correspondence: Letters, Telegrams, and Cards Received after Stabbing in Harlem

Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0131e

Scope and Contents of the Subseries

The subseries is comprised of letters, greeting cards, telegrams, postcards, and other correspondence received by Martin Luther King, Jr. following his stabbing by Izola Ware Curry on September 21, 1958. The correspondence from a variety of individuals and organizations convey well wishes, offers of assistance, prayers, concerns for his safety, and admiration of his work. Donations for his medical costs, convalescence, and the civil rights movement were often included. Opinions regarding his attacker, invitations, suggestions, and requests for his book are also discussed. Some of the letters are adverse, with criticism of the civil rights movement, King’s activities, and disparaging remarks. In addition to the mail Martin Luther King, Jr. received, the subseries also has carbon copies of his replies that express his thanks, inability to accept engagements, and updates on his recovery.

Many of the items in this subseries have annotations written on them presumably by secretaries after they were received. There are date received stamps, addresses, amounts of contributions, terms identifying the type of sender, underlining, check marks, and numbers. These annotations are written in an unknown hand unless otherwise noted in the folder description.


  • Creation: 1958

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Permission to publish or quote from previously unpublished materials or from materials under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder.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.


12.67 Linear feet

Arrangement of the Subseries

The subseries is arranged alphabetically by sender.

Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection
Subseries 1.2: Correspondence: Letters, Telegrams, and Cards Received after Stabbing in Harlem
Finding aid prepared by Bridget T. Lerette
2008 October
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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