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  • Transitioning from Sotheby's
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  • The Atlanta History Center Exhibit
  • Arrangement and Description
  The MLK Jr. Archival Collaborative
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UGA King Papers Visit
(l to r) Dr. William Potter, UGA Librarian and Associate Provost, and Dr. Sheryl Vogt, Director of UGA’s Richard B. Russell Library, discuss initial transitioning plans for the King Collection with Woodruff Library Head of Archives Karen Jefferson and Woodruff Library CEO & Director Loretta Parham.
Nine years prior to its acquisition, the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection was placed in the care of Sotheby's in New York at the request of Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Sotheby’s curators were given access to the family home in Atlanta where materials were stored, at which time they inventoried, boxed and shipped the items to New York in preparation for auction.

The sale of the collection was announced on June 26, 2006. Three days later, Karen Jefferson, Head of Archives & Special Collections, and Loretta Parham, CEO & Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, traveled to New York City to view the collection as it was displayed in the Sotheby galleries. There, they met with Sotheby’s officials, toured the vault and storage areas and viewed other items from the collection that were not on display and began initial plans for transitioning the collection to the Woodruff Library Archives.  Dr. William Potter, University Librarian and Associate Provost at the University of Georgia (UGA), and Dr. Cheryl Vogt, Director of UGA’s Richard B. Russell Library, assisted in these efforts.

Brenda Banks, retired deputy director of Georgia Archives and History, was hired as as the Chief Archivist for the Morehouse King Collection. In that position, she oversaw the transition effort and collaborated with Woodruff Library archival staff to develop and implement a plan to inventory and properly prepare the collection for preservation, storage and scholarly access.

In addition, the Library implemented an already existing plan to shore up aspects of the Archives & Special Collections Department’s physical infrastructure. In anticipation of the receipt of the Morehouse King Collection, Library administration moved forward the start dates for several capital improvement projects and expanded the scope of others to include upgrades to the archives. The completed projects provide enhanced security and environmental conditions that ensure the most effective preservation and storage of the collection.


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