Mississippi Humanities Council
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Martin Luther King Jr.
Center for Nonviolent Social Change
King Library and Archives

Mailing Address: 449 Auburn Ave, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30312
Contact person/title: Cynthia P. Lewis, director
Telephone: 404-526-8986
Fax number: 404-526-8901
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Services/Restrictions: Access to the collection is on a restricted basis only; researchers must make arrangements with the director prior to using the archives. They must complete a researcher identification form and pay a $5 fee. Only notebooks, note cards, and pencils may be taken into the reading room. No pens are allowed. Computers, typewriters, and recording devices are permitted in the reading room provided they do not disturb other researchers. All other personal belongings are stored behind the circulation desk. Photocopying costs 20 cents per page. At the time the information for this bibliography was complied, the Center was undergoing a restructuring, which led to some difficulty in locating materials.


1. Martin Luther King Jr. Oral History Collection

The Martin Luther King Jr. Oral History Collection comprises more than 100 interviews with King's family, friends, and colleagues in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and other civil rights organizations. Six interviews with eight people were pertinent to the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

Septima Clark Lena Myers, J.B. Williams, and C.W. Ducksworth
Lillie Jones Margaret Walker Alexander
John Lewis Stanley Wise


2. James Forman Collection

The James Forman Collection consists of approximately 300 oral recordings. A number of the tapes refer to the civil rights movement in Mississippi, but most of those are radio interviews, general discussions, mass meetings, church sermons, and instructional programs. Among the many topics discussed are voter education, voter registration, school integration, the James Meredith shooting, and the Mississippi Freedom Project. Only two of the tapes are oral history interviews about the movement. Neither of those interviews names a specific person, but rather both use identification labels for the people on the tapes.

Ten members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee White racist, Greenwood, Mississippi


3. Anne Romaine Papers, 1963-1969

The Anne Romaine Collection consists of materials relating to the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) collected by Anne Romaine for her thesis at the University of Virginia. Included are tape recordings and transcripts of interviews with major organizers of the MFDP; miscellaneous correspondence, flyers, and instructional materials produced by the MFDP; and a copy of Ms. Romaine's thesis. Interviews by Anne Romaine are also held in other collections including the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

The MLK collection includes the following interviews with MFDP members:

Annie Devine Edwin King Mendy Samstein
Lawrence Guyot Sandy Leigh John Stewart
Fannie Lou Hamer Allard Lowenstein Walter Tillow
Aaron Henry Robert Moses
Bill Higgs Joseph Rauh

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