Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Series 14: Artwork

Repository: Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center
Title: Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection next hit: Series 14: Artwork
Dates: 1959-1968, undated
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet
Identification: Series 14
Language: Materials are in English.

Scope and Contents of the Series

This series contains artwork and reproductions of artwork sent to Martin Luther King, Jr. Three of the items feature depictions of King: a photograph of a portrait painting, a pen-and-wash drawing by Charles Keller, and a photograph of a sandstone sculpture by Julie MacDonald. Another photograph of the painting “We Shall Overcome” by Charlie Cheese Carsons depicts civil rights leaders including King as chess pieces while a drawing by John McClellan illustrates the concept of “Gray Power”. The series also includes two photographs of the "Eleanor Roosevelt" sculpture by Sally Stengel were sent by Joseph Mermel to see if King was interested in a similar bust of himself. In addition, the series has a photograph of a portrait painting of presumably representing Reverend Michael Scott, who campaigned for racial equality in Southern Africa and supporter of passive resistance.

Arrangement of the Series

The series is arranged alphabetically.


Restrictions on Access

Access is restricted to digital surrogates available in Archives and Special Collections Department of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

Restrictions on Use

All documents in this collection either are protected by copyright or are the property Morehouse College, and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. Permission to consult the previous hit Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection next hit does not automatically include permission to publish from the Collection. Permission to publish or quote from previously unpublished materials or from materials under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder. Requests for permission to publish any of Dr. King’s copyrighted speeches, sermons, books or other writings, in whole or in part, shall be addressed to Intellectual Properties Management, Inc., 449 Auburn Ave., Atlanta, Georgia, 30312.

Index Terms


King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.


Portrait drawing.
Portrait painting.
Portrait sculpture.

Document Types

Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.
Line drawings.
Pen-and-wash drawings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Materials should be cited as: The previous hit Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Researchers are encouraged to furnish the Archives with a copy of any publication that cites materials from the Collection.

Detailed Description of the Series

Series 14 Artwork 1959-1968, undated "Eleanor Roosevelt" by Sally Stengel circa 1965 2 black and white photographs of sculpture with stamps on verso, 5" x 4" "Gray Power" by John McClellan 1967 August pen-and-wash drawing with annotations on verso, 11" x 8 ½" "Martin Luther King" by Robert D. Mulvenna 1968 February 28 line drawing with return address and postmark, 11" x 8 ½" [Martin Luther King, Jr.] by Cooper's Originals undated color photograph of painting with stamp on verso, 10" x 8" [Martin Luther King, Jr. on telephone] by Charles Keller 1959 May 7 pen-and-wash drawing on stationary, 11" x 8 ½" [Michael Scott] by [unidentified] undated black and white photograph of painting, 10" x 8" "A Study of Martin Luther King" by Julie MacDonald 1966 black and white photograph of sandstone sculpture, 10" x 8" "We Shall Overcome" by Charlie Cheese Carsons 1964 black and white photograph of painting, 8 1/4" x 10 1/8"