Subseries 15.4
Southern Christian Leadership Foundation grant records, 1966-1991
Boxes 778 - 782

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of records relating to grants made by the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation (SCLF) to SCLC and other organizations from 1966-1991. SCLF often acted as an organ for funding the activities of SCLC and covering the costs of everyday operating expenses, such as traveling, meals, and various other bills. They generally did this in the form of grants, checks made payable to SCLC after SCLC made specific requests for money. The correspondence is primarily comprised of letters from Chauncey Eskridge to SCLC detailing the amount of money contained in a particular grant, or from SCLC to Eskridge, requesting a grant in a desired amount, sometimes accompanied by bills. The vouchers reflect the numerous operating expenses incurred by members of SCLC, which were first paid out of pocket, then reimbursed once a voucher was submitted. These records document only grants made for general operating expenses.

Records documenting grants to other organizations and projects include records relating to grants made to specific SCLC programs, as well as organizations other than SCLC. Individual files pertaining to projects contain all materials relating to that project, including financial records, correspondence, and administrative files, organized chronologically. They contain a comprehensive collection of materials documenting the Ministers Leadership Training Program, an initiative to train ministers from around the country in community outreach, in an effort to utilize the church for nonviolent social and political change. The project was funded through a grant to SCLF from the Ford Foundation, and SCLF administered grants to ministers around the nation to allow them to attend these training sessions in their respective regions. For additional records of the Ministers Leadership Training Program, see Subseries 10.5.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type, then in chronological order.

Operating grants to SCLC
Box Folder Content
778 1 Correspondence, 1966-1968
778 2 Correspondence, 1969
778 3 Correspondence, 1970-1979
778 4 Correspondence, 1990-1991
778 5 Vouchers from SCLC, undated
778 6 Vouchers from SCLC, 1968 [1 of 5]
778 7 Vouchers from SCLC, 1968 [2 of 5]
779 1 Vouchers from SCLC, 1968 [3 of 5]
779 2 Vouchers from SCLC, 1968 [4 of 5]
779 3 Vouchers from SCLC, 1968 [5 of 5]
779 4 Vouchers from SCLC, 1969 [1 of 3]
779 5 Vouchers from SCLC, 1969 [2 of 3]
779 6 Vouchers from SCLC, 1969 [3 of 3]
780 1 Vouchers from SCLC, 1970
780 2 Vouchers from SCLC, 1971
Grants to other organizations and projects
781 1 The AHAB Foundation, 1969
781 2 Appalachian Enterprises, Inc., 1967
781 3 Brooklyn Operation Breadbasket, 1969
781 4 Chicago Voter Registration Drive, 1967
781 5 Citizenship Education Program, 1969
781 6 Crusade for Citizenship, 1968
781 7 Freedom Development Corporation, 1967-1973
781 8 Frieda Foundation, 1969
781 9 Los Angeles Secretary Training Program, 1969
781 10 Martin Luther King Film Project, 1969
781 11 Martin Luther King Jr. Workers Conferences, administrative records, 1974-1976
781 12 Martin Luther King Jr. Workers Conferences, correspondence, 1974-1976
781 13 Martin Luther King Jr. Workers Conferences, financial records, 1974-1976
781 14 Ministers Leadership Training Program, administrative records, 1967
781 15 Ministers Leadership Training Program, bills, 1968
781 16 Ministers Leadership Training Program, correspondence, 1967-1969
781 17 Ministers Leadership Training Program, financial statements, 1968
782 1 Ministers Leadership Training Program, reimbursement memoranda, 1968 February-September
782 2 Ministers Leadership Training Program, reimbursement memoranda, 1968 October-1969 February
782 3 Ministers Leadership Training Program, reimbursement reports, 1967-1968
782 4 National Welfare Rights Organization, 1969
782 5 The People's International University, 1967
782 6 SCLF Children and Families Fund, 1981
782 7 Social Systems Intervention, Inc., 1978-1979
782 8 Southern Rural Action, Inc., 1969
782 9 Toka Films, 1968
782 10 Union to End Slums, 1967
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