Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

Series 5: Education Materials


Repository: Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center
Title: Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection next hit: Series 5: Education Materials
Dates: 1941-1962
Quantity: 1.5 linear feet
Identification: Series 5
Language: Materials are in English, French, and German.

Scope and Contents of the Series

The series is comprised of papers from the academic career of Martin Luther King, Jr. Included are class notes, exams, assignments, vocabulary lists, and the dissertation written during the course of his studies. Correspondence, course syllabi, transcripts, bibliographies, and study aids provide further insight into King’s education. The series also contains materials from the institutions he attended, such as brochures, policy documents, a bulletin, and a program from his doctoral graduation. In addition, there are documents related to the course King taught at Morehouse College from 1961 to 1962.


Arrangement of the Series

The series is arranged into three subseries: 1. Morehouse College; 2. Crozer Theological Seminary; and 3. Boston University.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access is restricted to digital surrogates available in the 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 Permission to publish or quote from previously unpublished materials or from materials under copyright must first be obtained from the copyright holder.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

Names

King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965.
Wieman, Henry Nelson, 1884-1975.

Organizations

Boston University.
Crozer Theological Seminary.
Harvard University.
Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.)
University of Pennsylvania.

Subjects

Bible.
Christianity.
Education.
Philosophy.
Preaching.
Religion.
Theology.

Places

Atlanta (Ga.)
Boston (Mass.)
Chester (Pa.)

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 5 Education Materials 1941-1962
Subseries 5.1 Morehouse College 1944-1962 0.25 Linear feet
Arrangement
This subseries is arranged chronologically.
Subseries Description
The subseries consists of materials from courses Martin Luther King, Jr. took at Morehouse College, administrative documents, and papers related to his teaching a seminar in Social Philosophy. Included are annotated blue book exams, class notes, lists of exam questions, and a short essay about history. There are also typed notes about philosophy from the summer of 1946 that appear to have been taken by someone else since King did not take a philosophy class until 1947-1948. A brochure with 55 Facts about Morehouse and form letter from the Department of Dormitory Life about finding employment provide information about the college and its activities. King’s official transcript, reproduced in 1950, indicates his early struggles with academic work. The subseries also contains outlines, notes, a class role, and two sets of exam questions from the Seminar in Social Philosophy King taught during the 1961-1962 school year, focusing on several prominent philosophers and their theories. Also included are bibliographies and reading lists prepared by Kenneth Underwood that may have been used in preparation for the course.
5.1.0.10 Math Calculations circa 1944-1945 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
Processing Information:
This page, along with another blank sheet of notebook paper, were originally located inside the front cover of Ernest Lloyd Mackie's Elementary college mathematics , QA37 .M18 1940.
5.1.0.20 Science Notes circa 1944-1945 autograph manuscript unsigned, 2pp
Processing Information:
This note was originally located by page 331 of James Harvey Robinson's History of Europe, our own times: the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the opening of the twentieth century, the world war, and recent events , D299 .R6 1927.
5.1.0.30 Essay on History circa 1944-1948 autograph manuscript unsigned, 2pp
5.1.0.40 Class Notes: French 1945 September-1947 May autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
Text in English and French.
5.1.0.50 Blue Book Examination: Bible 1946 March 26 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by George D. Kelsey, 8 pp
5.1.0.60 Class Notes: Philosophy (Ethics) 1946 July-August carbon copy with annotations in unknown hand, 36pp
5.1.0.70 Blue Book Examination: Bible 1946 September-1947 May autograph manuscript signed with annotations by George D. Kelsey, 9pp
5.1.0.80 Class Notes: Bible 1946 September-1947 May autograph manuscript unsigned, 33pp
5.1.0.90 Exam Questions: Bible 252 1946 September-1947 May typed document unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 9pp
5.1.0.100 Blue Book Examination: Bible 1946 December 3 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by George D. Kelsey, 6pp
5.1.0.110 Exam Questions: English 312 American Literature, Mr. Heimsath 1947 May typed document unsigned, 1p
5.1.0.120 Blue Book Examination: Bible 1947 May 23 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by George D. Kelsey, 6pp
5.1.0.130 Outline of Greek Literature circa 1947-1948 autograph manuscript unsigned, 2pp
Processing Information:
This handwritten chart was originally located between pages 704 and 705 of Whitney Jennings Oates's Greek literation in translation , PA3621 .O28 1946.
5.1.0.140 Form Letter to Seniors from William M. Nix 1948 March 4 mimeograph, 1p with enclosure "Placement Counseling Service", mimeograph, 3pp
5.1.0.150 Official Transcript 1950 November 7 photostat, 1p
5.1.0.160 "Suggested Basic Reading in Sociology of Religion" Instructor Kenneth Underwood 1952-1953 typed document unsigned, 2pp
5.1.0.170 "Basic Bibliography and Outline for the Sociology of Religion" Instructor Kenneth Underwood circa 1952-1953 typed document unsigned, 6pp
5.1.0.180 "Bibliography on The Church and Economic Life" compiled by Kenneth Underwood circa 1952-1953 typed document unsigned with annotation in unknown hand, 6pp
5.1.0.190 "Suggested Basic Reading in Religion and the American Press" [Kenneth Underwood] circa 1952-1953 typed document unsigned with annotation in unknown hand, 1p
5.1.0.200 "Fifty-five Facts about Morehouse" circa 1953-1955 brochure with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 11pp
5.1.0.210 "Bibliography: The Responsibility of the College and University for Developing Public Leaders" prepared by Kenneth Underwood circa 1960 typed document unsigned with annotations in unknown hand, 8pp
5.1.0.220 Outline of Lecture in Social Philosophy 1961 October 3 autograph manuscript unsigned, 3pp
5.1.0.230 Class Roll: Seminary in Social Philosophy 1961-1962 autograph manuscript signed, 1p
5.1.0.240 Notes for Seminar in Social Philosophy 1961-1962 autograph manuscript unsigned, 10pp
5.1.0.250 Notes on Augustine and Aquinas 1961-1962 autograph manuscript unsigned, 3pp
5.1.0.260 Outline of Seminar in Social Philosophy: First Semester 1961-1962 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
5.1.0.270 Outline of Seminar in Social Philosophy: First Semester 1961-1962 typed manuscript unsigned with annotation in unknown hand, 1p
5.1.0.275 "What Is Justice?": Outline of Lecture in Social Philosophy 1961-1962 autograph manuscript unsigned, 4pp
5.1.0.280 Semester Examination: Seminar in Social Philosophy 1962 January 25 typed document unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 1p [9 copies]
5.1.0.290 Final Examination: Social Philosophy 1962 May 29 autograph and typed documents unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 3pp
Subseries 5.2 Crozer Theological Seminary 1941-1951 0.85 Linear feet
Arrangement
This subseries is arranged chronologically.
Subseries Description
The subseries contains papers from King’s theological coursework, bibliographic resources, records about the seminary, and other documents related to this stage of his education. Class notes, essays, sermon outlines, exam questions, and reports discuss several topics including worship, public service, the Old Testament, theology, ministry, philosophy, Christianity, science, esthetics, and ethics. One of his classes, the Problems of Esthetics, was taken at University of Pennsylvania. Along with these manuscripts are pamphlets, bibliographies, and other items presumably used in his classes on Public Worship, the Ministers Use of Radio, and Christian Theology. As a student, King appears to have used the Filco Memory-O-Matic system, Filco Reference Library, a filing system for illustrations, and lists of books selected by Bucknell Librarian Edward C. Starr to conduct research and organize citations. The subseries also has his transcript of record, comprehensive examinations instructions, a brochure about the seminary, an order of service for the student chapel, and volume 42, number 3 of The Bulletin. In addition, there are King’s Graduate Record Exam scores, an announcement for pulpit robes, and religious book club order forms.
5.2.0.10 "Worship: A Selected Bibliography (In English)" prepared by Willie L. Buffington 1941 May mimeograph with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 16pp
See also course materials in Proceedings: First Assembly of the World Council of Churches and Class Notes: Public Worship.
5.2.0.20 Class Notes: Introduction to the Old Testament 1948 September-November autograph manuscript unsigned, 123pp
5.2.0.30 "Preaching Ministry" 1948 September-November autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 6pp
5.2.0.40 "Hints on Religious Music for Radio" by Charles H. Schmitz 1948 booklet, 24pp
See also course materials in Class Notes: The Minister's Use of the Radio, "Religious Broadcasts Survey" compiled by Earl W. Bloomquist, Jr. and Exam Questions: The Minister's Use of the Radio.
5.2.0.50 Proceedings: First Assembly of the World Council of Churches 1948 pamphlet with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 58pp
See also course materials in "Worship: A Selected Bibliography (In English)" prepared by Willie L. Buffington and Class Notes: Public Worship.
5.2.0.60 "The Weaknesses of Liberal Theology" 1948 typed manuscript signed with annotations in unknown hand, 3pp
5.2.0.70 "The Weaknesses of Liberal Theology" circa 1948 autograph manuscript signed with annotations in unknown hand, 3pp
5.2.0.80 "Karl Barth" 1948-1950 typed manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 3pp
5.2.0.90 "The Limitation of Experience" 1948-1950 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 3pp
5.2.0.100 Sermon Conclusions: "Facing Life's Inescapables"; "The House We are Building"; "The Misuse of Prayer"; "Success In Life"; "Life Is What You Make It" 1948-1950 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 4pp
See also later version of "Facing Life's Inescapables" and an outline of "The Misuse of Prayer" in Subseries 2.2.: Writings by Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sermons.
5.2.0.110 Sermon Introductions: "Why Religion?"; "Life Is What You Make It"; "Civilization's Great Need"; "The Effects Of Conversion"; "What Is Man?" 1948-1950 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 4pp
See also later versions of "Civilization's Great Need" and "What is Man?" in Subseries 2.2.: Writings by Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sermons.
5.2.0.120 Sermon Sketches: I. "The Assurance of Immortality"; II. "Beyond Asceticism"; III. "Almost Persuaded"; IV. "Looking Toward The Hills"; V. "The Misused Covenant" 1948-1950 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 4pp
5.2.0.130 Sermon Sketches: I. "Life is what you make it"; II. "Righteousness First"; III. "Facing life's Inescapables" 1948-1950 autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 3pp
See also later manuscript of "Facing Life's Inescapables" in Subseries 2.2.: Writings by Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sermons.
5.2.0.140 "Will Capitalism Survive?" 1948-1950 typed manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 3pp
5.2.0.150 "Filing System for Illustrations" 1948-1951 mimeograph, 16pp
5.2.0.160 Marriage Record (blank) circa 1948-1951 form, 1p
5.2.0.170 "The Ministry As It Looks to Me" 1948-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
5.2.0.180 Orders for Bentley and Simon Pulpit Robes 1948-1951 leaflet, 1p
5.2.0.190 "The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Christianity and the Christian Ministry" (fragment) 1948-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
See also "God's Relation to the World" in Subseries 2.1: Writings by Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sermons.
5.2.0.200 "The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Xity. and the Xn. Ministry" Outline 1948-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 2pp
5.2.0.210 "The Philosophy of Life Undergirding Christianity and the Christian Ministry" Outline 1948-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
5.2.0.220 "The Purpose of Religion" 1948-1951 autograph manuscript signed with annotations in unknown hand, 3pp
5.2.0.230 Religious Book Club 1948-1951 forms, 2pp
5.2.0.240 "Science and Religion" 1948-1951 typed manuscript unsigned, 2pp
See also outline of "Science and Religion" in Subseries 2.2.: Writings by Martin Luther King, Jr.: Sermons.
This sermon was originally located in a file labeled "Sermons Not Preached" by Dr. King.
5.2.0.250 "Three Stages of Life" 1948-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
5.2.0.260 Crozer Theological Seminary circa 1948-1951 brochure, 12pp
5.2.0.270 Class Notes: Public Worship 1949 September-November autograph manuscript unsigned, 11pp
See also course materials in "Worship: A Selected Bibliography (In English)" prepared by Willie L. Buffington and Proceedings: First Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
5.2.0.280 "An Order For the Baptism of Adults" 1949 November-1950 February autograph manuscript signed with annotations by Robert E. Keighton, 4pp
5.2.0.290 Bibliography: Christian Theology circa 1949-1950 typed manuscript unsigned, 52pp
5.2.0.300 Filco Memory-O-Matic System circa 1949-1951 forms with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 115pp
5.2.0.310 Filco Memory-O-Matic: Religion 88 circa 1949-1951 forms with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 19pp
5.2.0.320 Filco Reference Library Service (blank) circa 1949-1951 forms, 3pp
5.2.0.330 Crozer Theological Seminary Student Chapel: Order of Service 1950 January 27 mimeograph, 2pp
5.2.0.340 "The Pastor and His Reference Library" by Edward C. Starr 1950 June mimeograph, 2pp
See also later version of this bibliography in this subseries.
5.2.0.350 Crozer Seminary Bulletin , Vol. 42, No. 3 1950 July pamphlet with underlining, 8pp
5.2.0.360 Comprehensive Examinations 1950 September mimeograph, 12pp
5.2.0.370 Class Notes: The Minister's Use of the Radio 1950 September-November autograph manuscript unsigned, 4pp
See also course materials in "Hints on Religious Music for Radio" by Charles H. Schmitz, "Religious Broadcasts Survey" compiled by Earl W. Bloomquist, Jr. and Exam Questions: The Minister's Use of the Radio.
5.2.0.375 Class Notes: Problems of Esthetics (taken at University of Pennsylvania) 1950-1951 autograph manuscript unsigned, 27pp
5.2.0.380 "Religious Broadcasts Survey" compiled by Earl W. Bloomquist, Jr. 1950 September-November mimeograph, 7pp
See also course materials in "Hints on Religious Music for Radio" by Charles H. Schmitz, Class Notes: The Minister's Use of the Radio, and Exam Questions: The Minister's Use of the Radio.
5.2.0.390 Exam Questions: The Minister's Use of the Radio 1950 November 20 carbon copy, 1p
See also course materials in "Hints on Religious Music for Radio" by Charles H. Schmitz, Class Notes: The Minister's Use of the Radio, and "Religious Broadcasts Survey" compiled by Earl W. Bloomquist, Jr..
5.2.0.400 Transcript of Record 1950 December 6 typed document signed, 1p
5.2.0.420 Class Notes: Theological Integration 1950 November-1951 February autograph manuscript unsigned, 6pp
5.2.0.430 Class Notes: Christian Social Philosophy II 1951 February-May autograph manuscript unsigned, 53pp
5.2.0.440 Class Notes: Christianity and Society 1951 February-May autograph manuscript unsigned, 6pp
5.2.0.450 Classmates Papers: Christian Social Philosophy II 1951 February-May mimeographs with annotations in unknown hand, 21pp
5.2.0.460 "Jacques Martin" 1951 February-May mimeograph, 2pp [3 copies]
5.2.0.470 "Science Surpasses The Social Order" 1951 February-May typed manuscript unsigned with annotations in unknown hand, 2pp
5.2.0.480 Syllabus: Christian Social Philosophy II by Kenneth L. Smith 1951 February-May mimeograph with annotations in unknown hand, 5pp
5.2.0.490 Graduate Record Examination 1951 March 6 typed document unsigned, 4pp with envelope
5.2.0.500 "The Pastor and His Reference Library" by Edward C. Starr 1951 April 15 mimeograph, 3pp
See also earlier version of this bibliography in this subseries.
Subseries 5.3 Boston University 1951-1955 0.4 Linear feet
Arrangement
This subseries is arranged chronologically.
Subseries Description
The subseries is comprised of papers from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s classes, documents about doctoral graduation requirements, and materials pertaining to his dissertation. There are class notes, exam questions, vocabulary words, an outline of a paper, and a syllabus. Also included is the registrar’s letter and transcript from Harvard University regarding King’s credits for “Philosophy of Plato: Introductory” and “The Philosophy of Whitehead”, regulations for Ph.D. students in Systematic Theology, and letters from the registrar describe prerequisites, outline of study, language examinations, required readings, dissertation guidelines, formal degree requirements, and related instructions. In an incomplete, annotated draft of King’s dissertation and the subsequent printed abstract, King compares the conceptions of God put forth by Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman. The subseries also includes a letter from Wieman about King’s dissertation research and his manuscript about spiritual values and problem of religion in education. Additionally, there are programs from the graduation ceremony where King received his doctorate, a paper by Thomas Pugh for the Dialectical Society King participated in, and letter from Crozer Theological Seminary regarding his fellowship grant for 1951-1952.
See also Series 4. Research Notes for index cards on subjects he studies at Boston and notes regarding his dissertation.
5.3.0.10 Letter from Sankey L. Blanton (Crozer Theological Seminary) to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1951 October 3 typed letter signed, 1p with envelope
5.3.0.20 Final Examination Questions: German 152 1951-1953 mimeograph with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 2pp
Text in English and German.
5.3.0.30 Notes: German Vocabulary 1951-1953 autograph manuscript unsigned, 38pp
Text in English and German.
5.3.0.40 Special Regulations for the Ph.D. in Theological Studies with Concentration in Systematic Theology 1951-1953 mimeograph with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 4pp
5.3.0.50 "The Dialectical Character of Niebuhr's Thought And His Attitude Toward Current Social System 1951-1954 photocopy of typed manuscript unsigned, 2pp
5.3.0.60 Notes: Christianity and Our World by John C. Bennett 1952 January-May autograph manuscript unsigned, 1p
5.3.0.70 Class Notes: Seminar in History of Philosophy 1952 September-1953 January autograph manuscript unsigned, 4pp
5.3.0.75 "Suffering: A Psychological Interpretation" by Thomas Pugh circa 1952-1954 typed manuscript unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 15pp
5.3.0.80 Letter from Lois Ryan (Harvard University) to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1953 August 13 typed letter signed, 1p with enclosure "Transcript for Special Student in 1952-1953", 1p and with envelope
5.3.0.90 Letter from Henry Nelson Wieman to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1953 August 14 typed letter signed, 1p with envelope
5.3.0.100 "Moral and Spiritual Values in Education" by Henry Nelson Wieman circa 1953 August mimeograph, 44pp
5.3.0.110 Form Letter to Graduate School Faculty and Candidates for the Ph.D. Degree from Bessie A. Ring 1953 October 9 typed letter unsigned, 1p with enclosure "Regulations on the Preparation of the Dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy", 1953 April, 6pp
5.3.0.120 Qualifying Examination Questions: Theology of the Bible 1953 October 27 typed document unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 1p
5.3.0.130 Form Letter to All Possible Candidates for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in June or August 1954 from Bessie A. Ring 1953 December 7 typed letter unsigned, 1p with enclosure "Application for Degree", 1p
5.3.0.140 Syllabus: Problems of Philosophy by Peter A. Bertocci 1953 mimeograph with annotation in unknown hand, 37pp
5.3.0.150 Partial Draft of Table of Contents of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 3pp
5.3.0.160 Draft of Chapter I of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 9pp
5.3.0.170 Draft of Chapter II of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 45pp
5.3.0.180 Draft of Chapter III of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 1p
5.3.0.190 Draft of Chapter IV of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 69pp
5.3.0.200 Draft of Chapter V of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 54pp
5.3.0.210 Draft of Chapter VI of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 6pp
5.3.0.220 Draft of Bibliography of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 carbon copy with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 11pp
5.3.0.230 Draft of Bibliography of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 autograph manuscript unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 2pp
5.3.0.240 Draft of Bibliography of Dissertation "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" 1953-1955 typed manuscript unsigned with annotations by Martin Luther King, Jr., 9pp
5.3.0.250 Boston University Graduation Exercises 1955 June 5 program, 47pp [2 copies]
5.3.0.260 Abstract of Dissertation: "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman" by Martin Luther King, Jr. 1955 pamphlet, 4pp [10 copies]