Subseries 2.1
President Martin Luther King, Jr. files, 1958-1968
Boxes 8 - 11

Biographical Note

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He attended Morehouse College, and received his Ph.D. from Boston University. He married Coretta Scott in 1953 and moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to serve as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. King made his mark as leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and quickly achieved prominence as a national leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King was a founding member of SCLC and served as president from 1957 until his death in 1968.

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of records from the presidency of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1958-1968. Correspondence contains letters addressed to King; typed letters under King's name with automatically generated signatures; and letters addressed to SCLC received during King's presidency. There are very few outgoing letters present. The contents of the subseries reflect the general administrative operations of the president's office during this period and may not illuminate King's individual role as president or his activities outside the organization.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
8 1 Agreement between Eva Atlas and the Lawndale Union to End Slums, April 1967
8 2 American Baptist Convention retirement plan, 1967
8 3 Biographical sketches, undated
8 4 Chicago, Illinois, 1966-1967
8 5 Clayton, Xernona, 1966
8 6 Cleveland, Ohio, 1967-1968
8 7 Condolence letters to Coretta Scott King, April-May 1968
8 8 Cooks, Stoney, "Proposal to Executive Staff," 1967
8 9 Correspondence, undated
8 10 Correspondence, 1961-1963
8 11 Correspondence, 1964 January-May
8 12 Correspondence, 1964 June-December
9 1 Correspondence, 1965
9 2 Correspondence, 1966 January-May
9 3 Correspondence, 1966 June
9 4 Correspondence, 1966 July
9 5 Correspondence, 1966 August
9 6 Correspondence, 1966 September
9 7 Correspondence, 1966 October-December
9 8 Correspondence, 1967 January-May
10 1 Correspondence, 1967 June-December
10 2 Correspondence, 1968 January-February
10 3 Correspondence, 1968 March-April
10 4 Correspondence regarding donations and business following the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., April-October 1968
10 5 Correspondence, unanswered, 1961
10 6 "Cost Study of Long Distance Usage for SCLC," 1968
10 7 Ebenezer Baptist Church housing project/Southeastern Housing Development Corporation, 1967
10 8 Epp, Theodore H., "Christian Maturity-How?," undated
10 9 Executive staff meeting, August 26-28, 1965
10 10 Hoover, J. Edgar, 1964
10 11 Instructions for sorting telegrams and compiling telegram lists, undated
10 12 Invitees to Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, 1968
11 1 Mail logs, circa 1968
11 2 Meeting minutes, 1966
11 3 Memoranda, undated
11 4 Memoranda, 1958-1968
11 5 "Nonviolence: Its Basic Precepts," 1960
11 6 Notes, unidentified, undated
11 7 Operation Reclaim, 1965
11 8 Poor People's Campaign, 1967-1968
11 9 Project VISION, 1965
11 10 Receipts, 1968
11 11 Report of the Director to the Executive Board, Ella Baker, 1959
11 12 Requests for change of address, undated
11 13 Royalty statement, 1968
11 14 Schedules, undated
11 15 SCLC Articles of Incorporation, 1958
11 16 Southern Rural Research Project, Alabama, 1967
11 17 Southwest Alabama Farmers Cooperative Association, 1967
11 18 Staff check-out sheet, April 8, 1968
11 19 Staff retreat, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, January 1968
11 20 "Statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference at National Conference of Clergymen on Operation Breadbasket," Chicago, Illinois, July 12, 1967
11 21 Statement of Dr. Corliss Lamont, Chairman, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, 1966
11 22 Steering Committee, 1967-1968
11 23 Taxes, 1968
11 24 Vine City, Georgia slum project, 1966
11 25 Writings, undated
11 26 Writings by King, 1963-1966
11 27 Writings by King, 1967-1968
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