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Guide to the David S. King Papers, 1963-1968

Abstract

David S King was a leader of the Massachusetts unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s. He was very active in the civil rights movement, and was arrested and sent to jail during a protest in Williamston, N.C. King was a chaplain at Amherst College and later became an Associate Pastor at the First Congregational Church. In addition, he founded the Laymen's Academy Oecuminical Studies (LAOS), which encouraged people to act upon their religious faith in their everyday lives and occupations.

Collection includes around 80 items, dated 1963 to 1968, that document events surrounding Rev. David S. King and his part in the civil rights movement. Items include letters to King while he was in jail and leading up to his arrest during a protest in Williamston, North Carolina in 1963. There are many letters and drawings from second and third graders at the Russell School in Pittsfield, Mass. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) circular letters and press releases are present as well. In addition, there are numerous membership lists with contact information and clippings of articles about civil rights activities in Amherst, Mass. and Williamston, N.C. Other materials include a civil rights fact sheet, laws against housing discrimination, and a map of congressional districts in North Carolina.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
King, David S.
Title
David S. King papers 1963-1968
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 80 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes around 80 items, dated 1963 to 1968, that document events surrounding Rev. David S. King and his part in the civil rights movement. Items include letters to King while he was in jail and leading up to his arrest during a protest in Williamston, North Carolina in 1963. There are many letters and drawings from second and third graders at the Russell School in Pittsfield, Mass. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) circular letters and press releases are present as well. In addition, there are numerous membership lists with contact information and clippings of articles about civil rights activities in Amherst, Mass. and Williamston, N.C. Other materials include a civil rights fact sheet, laws against housing discrimination, and a map of congressional districts in North Carolina.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Personal correspondence, 1963-1968 and undated

Letters sent to King in jail in Williamston, N.C.; discussion of civil rights issues; coordinating Williamston, N.C. protests; letter from Massachusetts Representative Silvio Conte.

Box 1 Folder 1
Letters to King from the Russell School in Pittsfield, Mass., 1963 Nov.-Dec.

Letters sent to King in jail by second and third graders in Mrs. Purchase's class at the Russell School in Pittsfield, Mass. Some letters encourage King to continue his civil rights work while others comment on current events, especially the shooting of President Kennedy. Also included are several drawings by the students.

Box 1 Folder 2
Circular letters, 1963-1969

Letters encourage attendance at SCLC events, discuss protest plans and anti-Vietnam protest activities.

Box 1 Folder 3
Meeting minutes, 1963-1965

Mostly meeting minutes of the Human Relations Council of Amherst, Mass.

Box 1 Folder 4
Articles, 1963-1965

Clippings concerning the civil rights movement; conflict in Williamston, N.C.

Box 1 Folder 5
Contact information and members lists

Information and membership lists for the fellowship of the committed and SCLC.

Box 1 Folder 6
Church pamphlets, 1963-1965
Box 1 Folder 7
Press releases, 1963-1964

Press releases regarding Williamston, N.C. demonstrations and SCLC activities.

Box 1 Folder 8
Miscellaneous, 1963-1965, undated

Civil rights fact sheet; laws against housing discrimination; map of North Carolina congressional districts; racial inequality bill, etc.

Box 1 Folder 9

Historical Note

David S King was a leader of the Massachusetts unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s. He was very active in the civil rights movement, and was arrested and sent to jail during a protest in Williamston, N.C. King was a chaplain at Amherst College and later became an Associate Pastor at the First Congregational Church. In addition, he founded the Laymen's Academy Oecuminical Studies (LAOS), which encouraged people to act upon their religious faith in their everyday lives and occupations.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], David S. King Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The David S. King Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in December 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Maia Hutt, April 2011

Encoded by Noah Huffman, April 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2009-0282

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.