Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr. 1974

A Guide to the Collection of Oral History Interviews at Indiana University Bloomington

Finding aid prepared by the staff of the Center for the Study of History and Memory with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation and Access, 2000-2002

Creator: Indiana University Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Title: Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Collection No.: ohrc020
Dates: 1979

Quantity: 2 Interviews

(Audio files, transcripts, and collateral materials )
Abstract: This collection of interviews offers some insight into Dr. Martin Luther King's character and strength as a leader. It also provides some information about the role of adult education in the Civil Rights Movement and how that facilitated social change.
Location: Interviews are housed in Franklin Hall, Room 0030A. Contact for more information. Copies of interview transcripts are also held by the IU Libraries University Archives. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for Documentary Research and Practice office.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Center for Documentary Research and Practice
Franklin Hall 0030B
601 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Business Number: 812-855-2856

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two interviews conducted over the course of 2 days. The interviews are thirty-two and fifty-seven pages respectively. Both interviews consist of typed transriptions.


Usage Restrictions:

The archive of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice at Indiana University is open to the use of researchers. Copies of transcript pages are available only when such copies are permitted by the deed of gift. Scholars must honor any restrictions the interviewee placed on the use of the interview. Since some of our earlier (pre-computer) transcripts do not exist in final form, any editing marks in a transcript (deletions, additions, corrections) are to be quoted as marked. Audio files may not be copied for patrons unless the deed of gift permits it, and a transcript is unavailable for that interview. The same rules of use that apply to a transcript apply to the audio interview. Interviews may not be reproduced in full for any public use, but excerpted quotes may be used as long as researchers fully cite the data in their research, including accession number, interview date, interviewee's and interviewer's name, and page(s).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[interviewee first name last name] interview, by [interviewer first name last name], [interview date(s)], [call number], [project name], Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Indiana University, Bloomington, [page number(s) or tape number and side if no transcript; if digital audio and no transcript, cite time when quote occurs].

Acquisition Information

Oral history interviews conducted by the Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory from 1968 to the present, with particular focus on the history of twentieth-century America and the Midwest.

Collection Inventory

Abernathy, Ralph D. , June 13, 1974

No(s): 79-005

Physical Description: 32 pages; no tapes; no index

Scope and Content Note: Ralph Abernathy, born in Alabama in 1926, reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy as a teacher, leader, and believer in social progress. Recalling his own activities during the Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Abernathy speaks about Dr. King's belief in the importance of individual responsibility and education as a facilitator of change. He also brings up his involvement with the Citizenship Education program and the training that members of the movement received.

Indexed Terms:

  • Places:
    • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Subjects:
    • civic responsibility
    • Civil Rights Movement
    • educational programs
    • human resources
    • racial equality
  • People:
    • Johnson, Lyndon Baines

Access Status: Open

Williams, Hosea , June 14, 1974

No(s): 79-004

Physical Description: 57 pages; no tape; no index

Scope and Content Note: Reverend Hosea Williams, a close friend of Dr. King's, reflects on the Civil Rights Movement and offers many insights into the great leader's character. Reverend Williams discusses Dr. King's commitment to non-violence and his desire to serve the masses. He also shares many anecdotes and reflects on the remnants of the movement after Dr. King's death.

Indexed Terms:

  • Subjects:
    • Civil Rights Movement
    • racial equality
    • societal changes
  • People:
    • Abernathy, Ralph D.
    • Jackson, Jesse

Access Status: Open