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  About the Library
  • Library Overview
  • RWWL Vision, Mission and Values
  About Archives Research Center
  • Departmental Overview
  • Staff
  About the Morehouse King Collection
  • RWWL as Custodian
  • Collection Overview
  • Notable Items
  • Book Listing
  • News Releases
  • In the News
  Accessing the Collection
  • Collection Finding Aid
  • Access Policy and Procedure
  • Exhibition Loan Policy
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  The Path to Scholarly Access
  • Transitioning from Sotheby's
  • Inventory and Control
  • The Atlanta History Center Exhibit
  • Arrangement and Description
  The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative
  • Phase I & Phase II
  • Partner Institutions
  Morehouse College
  Contact Us
  • Contact Information
  About the Morehouse King Collection
  Collection Overview
   
  The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection represents much of King’s life and work spanning from 1944 to 1968. Encompassing approximately 10,000 items, the collection allows insight into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s thoughts, personality, ministerial preparation, organizational skills and strategic planning during the Civil Rights period.

The Morehouse King Collection includes approximately 1,000 books from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s personal library with his handwritten notes throughout. In addition, there are hundreds of handwritten index note cards, possibly used for reference as Dr. King developed his many oratorical speeches and academic assignments, and many more typed and handwritten manuscripts and items, including: a telegram from President Lyndon B. Johnson inviting him to the signing of the voting rights act in 1965; handwritten edits of eulogies delivered on behalf of martyred adults and children of the Civil Rights Movement; drafts of numerous sermons, famous speeches; “to-do” lists for civil rights leaders the Rev. Joseph Lowery, Walter Fauntroy and Andrew Young; credit card receipts; travel coupons; examination blue books from college and even the cosmetics containers of found within a suitcase and briefcase used when he traveled.




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