Series 14
Financial records, 1957-2001
Boxes 626 - 756 and 914 - 915; OP3, OP13; OBV1 - 167 and 193 - 194

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the financial records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1957-2001. The bulk of the material covers the period 1964-1980. The series includes the records of the financial department itself, particularly from Comptroller James Harrison; organizational accounting records; organizational banking records; records of contributions made to the organization; and payroll records. The Financial Department files consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports and subject files. Accounting records include ledgers, vouchers and records recording monies received by the organization. Banking records consist of check stubs, bank statements, deposit records and ledgers. Contributions include correspondence with donors, as well as ledgers and receipts documenting money received by the organization. Finally, payroll records include ledgers, bank statements and records documenting payment of staff and contractors.

The records in this series document the general finances of the organization, as well as financial activities relating to certain major programs such as the Poor People's Campaign and the Basic Adult Education Project for Urban Negroes in Chicago, Illinois. Additional financial information can be found throughout the collection as it pertains to the activities of individual departments, offices and staff members. The records of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, SCLC's sister fundraising organization, can be found in Series 15.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five subseries: (14.1) Financial Department office files, (14.2) Accounting records, (14.3) Banking records, (14.4) Contribution records and (14.5) Payroll records.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 14.2-14.5 are stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access these materials.

Financial records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation. In cases where ledgers contain records for multiple years, they are closed for 25 years from the date of the latest record.

Subseries 14.5: Payroll records are closed until 2075.

Description of Subseries