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  The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative
  Phase I & Phase II
   
 
Archives & Special Collections staff during an Archivists’ Toolkit training session
Archives & Special Collections staff during a training session

In the spring of 2007, the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) began a collaborative planning partnership with The Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University (HGARC) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.

This partnership, known as The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative, establishes an ongoing dialogue between three academic institutions closely involved with the preservation of King historical materials. The project will allow researchers to benefit from scholarly work associated with the King Papers Project at Stanford, and to electronically search finding aids for the papers, writings and other items representing the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. housed at both the Woodruff Library of the AUC and Boston University.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Archive at Boston University includes more than 80,000 items, with the bulk of the collection consisting primarily of King’s office files, manuscripts, awards and extensive correspondence from 1955 to 1961. Stanford’s King Papers Project is a major research effort to publish a definitive 14-volume edition of King's most significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and unpublished manuscripts.

In Phase I, completed in September 2007, Woodruff Library and HGARC staff mapped out implementation strategies and completed training in the use of the “Archivists’ Toolkit” software, an open-source data management system that provides integrated support for arrangement, description and location of archival materials. Also as part of Phase I, a four-member team was hired by the Library exclusively to process the Morehouse King Collection.

Phase II of The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative encompasses the implementation of training and strategies developed in Phase I. Woodruff archivists are creating common subject terms and names for items within the Morehouse King Collection, while HGARC archival staff do the same for the collection housed at Boston University. Efforts are being undertaken to make the description of the collections consistent with those used for King materials described as part of the King Papers Project at Stanford.

The Morehouse King Collection at Woodruff Library of the AUC remains closed to the public so that archivists can complete the arrangement and description process necessary for scholarly access. The collection is expected to be open for research during fall 2008.

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