The King Collection

Mission Statement

The Office of the Morehouse College King Collection has been established to oversee the conservation and preservation of the Collection; to promote teaching, research and scholarship, and to develop campus-based programming and community outreach initiatives that highlight the teachings and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection represents much of Morehouse alumnus Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and work spanning from 1944 to 1968. Encompassing approximately 10,000 items, the collection includes hundreds of handwritten notes, famous and lesser known speeches, manuscripts, sermons, and other writings of unparalleled historical significance.

The Collection also includes approximately 1,100 books from King's personal library, many annotated with King's own handwritten notes. Other items include a telegram from President Lyndon B. Johnson inviting King to the signing of the Voting Rights Act, credit card receipts; travel coupons and a briefcase with cosmetics containers, examination blue books from college, "to do" lists, correspondence, and memoranda to other famous leaders such as Andrew Young, Reverend Joseph Lowery and Walter Fauntroy.

The Collection allows insight into King's thoughts, personality, ministerial preparation, organizational skills and strategic planning during the civil rights period.