Subseries 4.1
William Rutherford files, 1965-1968
Boxes 197 - 199

Biographical Note

William Rutherford became Executive Director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the staff retreat held in Frogmore, South Carolina in 1967. Before joining SCLC, Rutherford was a journalist living in Switzerland. Throughout the 1950s, he worked as a foreign correspondent for Time, Life and CBS. In fact, Rutherford was the first African American to serve as a foreign correspondent for CBS. In 1953 he opened Rutherford Associates, a public relations consulting firm based in Zurich. The turbulence of the Civil Rights Movement in the mid-1960s inspired Rutherford to contact Martin Luther King, Jr. and offer his services to SCLC. He served as Executive Director from December 1967 through the fall of 1968.

Scope and Content Note

The subseries consists of the files of William Rutherford from 1965-1968. Correspondence, memoranda and subject files illuminate his administrative duties within the organization, especially his involvement in planning and executing the Poor People's Campaign in 1968. The subseries also reflects Rutherford's efforts to impose new rigor on SCLC's financial and administrative practices.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in alphabetical order.

Box Folder Content
197 1 Atlanta Committee for International Visitors, 1967
197 2 Brownlee, Henry, 1968
197 3 Chapters and Affiliates, Virginia state unit, 1966-1968 [See also Subseries 5.3: Chapter files]
197 4 Clark, Septima Poinsette, 1968
197 5 Consumer Education lesson plan, undated
197 6 Contact lists, Atlanta press and Black media organizations, circa 1968
197 7 Correspondence, 1967 July-December
197 8 Correspondence, 1968 circa
197 9 Correspondence, 1968 January-March
197 10 Correspondence, 1968 April
197 11 Correspondence, 1968 May-June
197 12 Correspondence, 1968 July-September
197 13 Correspondence, 1968 October-November
197 14 Curriculum vitae, 1967
197 15 Eskridge, Chauncey. 1968
197 16 Financial records, receipts, 1968
197 17 Fragments, undated
197 18 Hate mail and threats, 1967-1968
197 19 Jeanette Rankin Brigade, circa 1968
197 20 Kirkpatrick, F.O. (Reverend), 1967
197 21 Legal records, 1965
197 22 Legal records, 1966
197 23 Legal records, 1967-1968
197 24 Levison, Stanley D., 1967-1968
197 25 Meeting minutes and notes, undated
198 1 Memoranda, 1967-1968
198 2 New Breed Industries, 1968
198 3 New Jersey, 1968
198 4 New York Office, 1968
198 5 North Carolina Political Conference, 1967
198 6 North and South, December 1967 [See also Subseries 6.3: Publications]
198 7 Payton, George A., congressional campaign, South Carolina, 1968
198 8 Personnel, staff assignments, 1968
198 9 Personnel, staff roster, circa 1968
198 10 Playboy Club, 1968
198 11 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1968
198 12 Poor People's Campaign, 1967 [See also Subseries 2.2: President Ralph David Abernathy files and 10.3: Poor People's Campaign records]
198 13 Poor People's Campaign, 1968 circa
198 14 Poor People's Campaign, 1968 January-February
198 15 Poor People's Campaign, 1968 March-October
198 16 Publicity, 1968
198 17 Report to the Board of Directors, 1968
198 18 Requests and authorization for travel, 1968
198 19 Research Committee, 1968
198 20 Rutherford, William A., "Hamlet or Horatio," 1968
198 21 Schedules and itineraries, 1967-1968
198 22 School desegregation, undated
198 23 SCLC Timeline, 1957-1970
198 24 Southern Conference Educational Fund, 1968
199 1 Southern Regional Council, 1968
199 2 Staff retreat, Frogmore, South Carolina, November 17-December 1, 1967
199 3 Steering Committee, 1967
199 4 Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, 1968
199 5 Summer Community Organization and Political Education (SCOPE) project, 1965
199 6 Telephone system, 1967-1968
199 7 Thomas Emberton Houck, Jr. v. Charles L. Goodson, Selective Service System Local Board No. 75, Selective Service Local Board No. 61, Colonel Harold C. Wall, Colonel Michael Hendricks and Ramsay Clark, undated
199 8 Urban League, 1967-1968
199 9 Washington D.C. Office, 1968
199 10 Wilcox County, Florida, undated
199 11 Williams, Juanita Terry, biographical sketch, undated
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