SCLC places historical records with Emory Univ.

March 10, 2008 11:14:22 AM PDT
Historical records for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including sympathy cards when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, have been placed with Emory University's Manuscript Archives and Rare Book Library.

"Emory is delighted to care for, catalog and share this unique intellectual resource with visitors from around the city and the world," Emory Provost Earl Lewis said in a statement.

The collection, which contains 1,100 boxes, includes photographs documenting events such as voter registration workshops during the civil rights movement, and drafts of speeches by Ralph David Abernathy and others - many annotated in the hands of their authors. There are also correspondence, press releases, speeches and other SCLC staff writings, SCLC publications, membership records, audiocassette tapes and videotapes.

The SCLC was co-founded in 1957 by King and other leaders from across the South with the purpose of advancing the cause of racial equality.

Lewis said Emory purchased the material but would not disclose the price.

The archive will complement the SCLC papers, most pre-1968, that are held by the King Library and Archives at the King Center.