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    [Martin Luther King, Jr.]. Archive of Miscellaneous Ephemera and Correspondence comprised of over fifteen documents (letters, programs, telegrams, notecards, etc.) spanning the years 1956 through 1966. Of note is a Coretta Scott King Typed Letter Signed "Coretta." One page, 5.75" x 9.5", on her personal letterhead, Atlanta, September 21, 1966. Writing to Leonard and Maude Ballou, personal friends of the Kings, she relates the latest news and transmits a record containing speeches from the March on Washington. Maude served as personal secretary to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the bus boycott and up until the Kings' move to Atlanta in 1960.

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    Maude L. Ballou Typed Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.5", on Martin Luther King Jr.'s personal letterhead, Atlanta, June 23, 1960, to Benjamin Davis. In the letter, Mrs. Ballou asks for two copies of "The Worker that came out sometime around the Fall of 1958 when Rev. Martin L. King, Jr. was stabbed."

    Copy of Martin Luther King Jr. South American Trip Final Itinerary. Two typed pages, 8.5" x 11". Leaving June 24, 1960, to Rio de Janeiro to attend the Baptist World Alliance Congress, June 29 through July 2, with stops in Miami, Nassau, and San Juan. July 3, leaving Rio for Buenos Aires and Caracas [Venezuela] before returning to Atlanta on July 6.

    William J. McConnell Typed Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 10.5", Washington, November 28, 1959, to Maude Ballou regarding room accommodations for Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, and Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, in part: "We wish it were possible to have you as our guest during that time. However, we are booked to capacity for that particular date."

    Frank L. Stanley Western Union Telegram. One page, 8" x 5.75", Louisville [Kentucky], January 24, [n. y.], regarding a return of a phone call by Dr. King.

    Martin Luther King Jr. Western Union Telegram. One page, 8" x 5.75", [Ghana, Africa], March 6, 1957. Sent to Maude Ballou while King was in Ghana as a representative to that country's celebration of its independence from the UK.

    Group of Five Notes and Cards. Two cards contain notes from Maude Ballou in shorthand. Information on the cards range from addresses, such as that of Bayard Rustin, quotes, etc.

    Blank Montgomery Improvement Association Letterhead and Envelope.

    Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Program: "A Salute to Dr. & Mrs. Martin Luther King." Four pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Montgomery, January 31, 1960. Just over two months earlier, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. resigned his position as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and moved to Atlanta in an effort to be closer to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headquarters (he was concurrently serving as the SCLC president). This dinner, which included music and a tribute to King and his wife, was his farewell.

    Certificate of Donation. One printed page, 4.5" x 3.25", Ahoskie [North Carolina], March 17, 1963. This certificate informs the recipient that their donation of a dollar "will aid the Better Citizen's Club . . . to celebrate its first anniversary in bringing to Ahoskie the militant, Doctor Wyatt Tee Walker . . . to Doctor Martin Luther King, Southern Christian Leadership Conference."

    Loyce Furman Cargile Autograph Postcard Signed. Written on the verso of a 5.5" x 3.5" photograph postcard featuring the "Heart of Monrovia [Liberia]," circa December16, 1956, Cargile writes to Maude Ballou, secretary to MLK, in full: "The folder of Dec. 16, 1956 has just arrived today & before I open it, I hasten to thank you for the treasured material therein. My prayer is answered. God has given us 'men of integrity & courage to combat evil forces that remain the same before the passive public.' As these men come to the fore, Rev. M. L. King stands Champion in the victory for mankind."

    Sponsors/Patrons List. Two typed pages, 8.5" x 11", n. p. [Montgomery], n. d. Contains a list of contributors: commercial businesses, churches, and individuals. Probably to support the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    Program in Honor of Edgar Daniel Nixon. Two pages, 8.5" x 11", Montgomery, August 13, 1957. Sponsored by the Shaaban Temple No. 103 Ancient Egyptian Arabic Nobles of Mystic Shrine. E. D. Nixon, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, along with Jo Ann Robinson of the Women's Political Council, was the principal organizer of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

    Gene Sharp Typed Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10", London, September 20, 1957. Sharp, a native of Ohio, was assistant editor of Peace News, a London based pacifist magazine, at the time he wrote to Maude Ballou, thanking her for her letter and discussing a recent writing of his. "Plans," he writes, "now are that instead of the chapter I sent him [Dr. King] being included as an appendix in Sir Stephen King-Hall's book, it will be published with other accounts in a separate volume." Having received criticism from a fellow writer, he adds that he is "looking forward to receiving corrections also from Dr. King or someone he delegates for this." He further requests that Peace News be "placed on the list to receive press releases and statements of the Southern Leaders' Conference and the Montgomery Improvement Association." With original transmittal envelope.

    Tom Malcolm. The Cross and the Cloud. 8vo, 31 pages. Booklet of poetry containing twenty-four poems of a mostly religious nature. Printed wraps. With original transmittal envelope.

    Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Typed Letter of Introduction Signed. One page, 8" x 10.5", on Congress of the United States letterhead, Washington, February 20, 1956. Congressman Powell (1908-1972) here introduces Bayard Rustin, "who for some years has worked in situations of crisis and tension in race relations throughout the United States, in India . . . and in Africa." He makes if very plain that Rustin "is definitely not a communist."



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