Frequently Asked Questions - Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection

1.  What is the history of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection was purchased by a group of prominent Atlantans in June 2006 on behalf of Dr. King’s alma mater, Morehouse College. As the sole academic library of Morehouse College, the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library was designated as archival custodian. To learn more about the Woodruff Library’s custodial role, visit the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. website.

2.  What materials are included in the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?  

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection includes typed and handwritten manuscripts, correspondence, index cards and office files. In addition, there are more than 1,100 books from Dr. King’s personal library with his handwritten notes throughout. The collection has been digitized and can be viewed only on a computer in the Archives Research Center of the Robert W. Woodruff Library. More information about items in the collection is available at the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. website.

 3.  Is there a guide to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection papers?

Yes. The “guide,” or finding aid, can be viewed by clicking here. The finding aid is searchable using key words or phrases. We recommend that individuals review the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection Finding Aid online to gauge the availability and relevance of included items before visiting the Archives Research Center.

 4.  How do I find books in the collection?

Books in the collection can be located in the Robert W. Woodruff Library’s online catalog, WOODI . Books located only in the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection are accessible per the Archives Research Center’s staff’s approval from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Access to some of the Morehouse King Collection books has been restricted due to their fragile condition. The Archives Research Center staff will be able to tell you whether those same titles are available in other Woodruff Library collections or accessible in digital format through the King Papers Project at Stanford University.

5.  Where is the Archives Research Center located?

The Archives Research Center is located on the upper level of the Robert W. Woodruff Library, 111 James P. Brawley Drive SW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30314.                                                                                                                                                      

6.  When is the collection available for research?

The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection can be accessed during the Archives Research Center’s hours of operation:

  • Monday-Thursday, 1:00-7:00 PM
  • Friday, 1:00-5:00 PM
  • Saturday, Noon-5:00 PM
  • Sunday, Closed                                                             

These hours are subject to change. Researchers should consult the Robert W. Woodruff Library website (www.auctr.edu) or call the Archives Research Center (404-978-2052) for scheduled hours.

 6.  Do I need an appointment to use the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?

Yes. Researchers should make an appointment by contacting the Archives Research Center. Researchers visiting by appointment are granted a maximum of 90 minutes of access to be requested and given in half-hour slots. If no other researchers are waiting, additional access may be granted.

 7.  How do I make an appointment?

Call 404-978-2052 or e-mail archives@auctr.edu to make an appointment to research the collection.

 8.  Are there special policies and procedures for accessing the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?

Yes. Anyone can request access to the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. Researchers must read and sign agreements outlining both the Morehouse King Collection and Archives Research Center policies and procedures before being granted research access. To view and download policies and procedures, visit the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. website.

 9.  Can I make copies from the collection?

Photocopies in accordance with fair use and for educational purposes may be provided to researchers. Staff will make photocopies for patrons; standard photocopying policies and fees established by the Archives Research Center apply. Documents deemed “iconic” by Morehouse College will not be considered for reproduction.

 10.  How do I obtain permission to publish from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?

Requests for permission to publish any of Dr. King’s copyrighted speeches, sermons, books, or other writings, in whole or in part, shall be addressed to Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., 449 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, 30312.

  11.  How do I cite materials from the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection?

Materials should be cited as: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Researchers are encouraged to furnish the Archives Research Center with two (2) copies of any publication that cites materials from the collection.

Make an Appointment

We want to ensure you have a successful research visit! Our visitors are encouraged to make an appointment at least 24 business hours in advance to use the archives. Call 404-978-2052 or email us to make an appointment