Series 4
Office of the Executive Director and National Administrator records, 1965-2005
Boxes 197 - 280; OP2, OP13; XOP2-XOP3

Historical Note

Though the Executive Director and National Administrator were two distinct offices operating at different times in the history of SCLC, they performed essentially the same function: daily administrative management of the national office. The first Executive Director was Ella Baker, who was a founding member of SCLC and the first staff person hired in 1957. She was followed by Wyatt T. Walker, who served from 1960-1964. C.T. Vivian also held the office for a brief period from 1965-1966. William Rutherford (1967-1968), Jack O'Dell (1970), and Stoney Cooks (circa 1971-1972) followed. Between 1973 and 1977, there was no Executive Director; rather, these responsibilities were fulfilled by the Executive Vice President, Bernard S. Lee (see Subseries 3.3). The last Executive Director was Hosea Williams, who resigned in 1978. The position of National Administrator did not come into being until 1980. The first Administrator was Albert E. Love, who served from 1980-1988. He was followed by E. Randel T. Osburn, who served into the 2000s.

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the records of the offices of the Executive Director and National Administrator. Contained in this series are correspondence and office files, including reports, meeting agendas and minutes, staff schedules and itineraries, memoranda, program and event planning files, and subject files. Included are the records of four Executive Directors, William Rutherford (1967-1968), Jack O'Dell (1970), Stoney Cooks (circa 1971-1972) and Hosea Williams (1977-1978); and two National Administrators, Albert E. Love (1980-1988) and E. Randel T. Osburn (1989-2003).

See Subseries 2.1, President Martin Luther King, Jr. files for one folder of reports written by SCLC's first Executive Director, Ella Baker.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six subseries: (4.1) William Rutherford files, (4.2) Jack O'Dell files, (4.3) Stoney Cooks files, (4.4) Hosea Williams files, (4.5) Albert E. Love files, and (4.6) E. Randel T. Osburn files.

Description of Subseries