Civil Rights

Earl Anthony (1940-    ). Manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and professional material from the playwright, author and activist, including several items regarding the African People's Repertory Theater.

Floyd Barbour (1938-    ). Manuscripts, correspondence, and printed material from the playwright and historian of the Black Power movement.

Mary Benson (1919-2000).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and much more from the important South African journalist, author, and active opponent of apartheid.  Includes letters from Nelson Mandela.

Rev. Malcolm Boyd (1923-2015).  Manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, photographs, audio recordings, films, and memorabilia from the influential Episcopal priest, known for his support of civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s, and his support of gay rights after he publicly came out in the 1970s.

Millen Brand (1906-1980).  Letters from the noted writer and poet, blacklisted for his civil rights activism.  In various collections.

Senator Edward W. Brooke (1919-2015). Correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, professional material, and other items from the former Senator from Massachusetts.

Allan Knight Chalmers (1897-1942).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and much more from the Christian minister, scholar, and pacifist.  He headed the legal defense of the Scottsboro Boys and was active in the civil rights cause; his collection includes letters from Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, and many others.

Clarence Darrow (1857-1938).  Various items (1911-1938) regarding the legendary lawyer: manuscripts, notes, letters, articles by and about him; material related to his bribery trials and other legal cases in which he was involved; editorial correspondence and royalty statements; material on his crusade against prohibition; and sympathy letters to his wife after his death.  In the Leo Cherne Collection.

Barbara Deming (1917-1984).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and many other items from the noted lesbian author, editor, poet, and political activist.

Danilo Dolci (1924-1997).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, and other items from the revered Italian author and advocate for the poor, non-violence, and human rights.

P. D. East (1921-1971).  Correspondence and other items from the crusading author and publisher of the satiric anti-Jim Crow newspaper The Petal Paper.

Frances FitzGerald (1940-    ).  Manuscripts, notebooks, pamphlets, brochures, magazines, and other items from the investigative reporter, regarding the gay community, gay rights, and the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco during the late 1970s and early 1980s; as well as several items regarding other stories she covered.

Maxwell Geismar (1909-1979).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio, and other items from the esteemed critic and literary historian, including several letters, manuscripts, photos, and other items regarding Eldridge Cleaver (Geismar edited and wrote the introduction to Cleaver's book Soul on Ice).

Emma Goldman (1869-1940).  Several letters to Goldman as well as some from her; also photographs, printed flyers and notices, and other items regarding the iconic anarchist, feminist, and civil liberties activist.

David Halberstam (1934-2007).  Manuscripts and other material from the great American journalist regarding his reportage on the early civil rights movement, as well as his book The Children; also  numerous manuscripts, letters, photographs, notes, audio and video recordings, and other items from Halberstam's long and prolific career.

Libby Holman (1904-1971).  Correspondence, photographs, printed material, audio, memorabilia, and other material from the popular singer and important financial patron of various civil rights organizations, including letters from Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Ralph D. Abernathy, and others.

Sarah Jones (1973-    ).  Manuscripts, correspondence, and more from the award-winning playwright, actress, poet, and social activist.

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006).  Letters from the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., a legendary civil rights crusader in her own right.  In various collections.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968).  An extraordinary collection of papers personally selected by Dr. King to be given to his alma mater, Boston University. A large collection of manuscripts, notebooks, correspondence, printed material, financial and legal papers, and a small number of photographs and other items dating from 1947 to 1964. The papers of this Nobel Prize winner are the most-often consulted materials at the Center.

William Kunstler (1919-1995).  Manuscript material for his memoir Deep in My Heart (Morrow, 1966), from the prominent leftist lawyer and civil rights activist.

Edward S. Lewis (1901-1986). Manuscripts, correspondence, and various other documents regarding Lewis's work with the National Urban League and the National Cooperative Education Association.

Conrad Lynn (1908-1995). An extensive collection of case files, correspondence, manuscripts, printed items, and other material regarding the work of this important civil rights lawyer, from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Abel Meeropol (1903-1986).  Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, audio recordings, and other items from the popular and prolific songwriter, performer, and civil rights advocate.

George R. Metcalf (1914-2001). Manuscripts for Metcalf's important histories Up From Within: Today's New Black Leaders, as well as Metcalf's manuscripts and research files for From Little Rock to Boston and Fair Housing Comes of Age.

Harvey Milk (1930-1978).  Correspondence, photographs, campaign flyers and newsletters, and other items regarding the pioneering gay politician and activist.  In the Tom O'Horgan Collection.

Carl von Ossietzky (1889-1938).  A small collection of items regarding the great German pacifist and outspoken opponent of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany.

The Progressive Party of Massachusetts (1948).  Correspondence, campaign pamphlets, petition drives, meeting records, and other documents from the short-lived but influential political party, known opposing war and promoting civil rights.

Alfred P. Russell (1881-1978). Correspondence, diaries, photographs, professional material, and other papers from this prominent Boston dentist. Includes letters from William Monroe Trotter, Sen. Edward Brooke, and others.

Edward Starr Collection. An important collection of 18th and 19th century pamphlets and other writings regarding the slave trade and the abolitionist movement, including several significant slave narratives.

Julian D. Steele (1906-1970). A rich collection of manuscripts, correspondence, professional documents, photographs, and other items regarding this significant Massachusetts activist and public official. Includes significant material on the Boston chapter of the NAACP.

Howard Thurman (1900-1981). A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, subject files, audio recordings, and other items regarding an important and influential American clergyman, theologian, author, and civil rights leader.

Sue Bailey Thurman (1903-1996). Manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, personal memorabilia, and photographs from this pioneering historian, editor, author, and feminist.

William Monroe Trotter and The Boston Guardian (1872-1934). A vital collection of published editions of the Guardian, correspondence, photographs, ephemera, financial records, printed materials and the manuscript for Trotter's book, The Guardian of Boston. Also included are Trotter's associations with organizations such as: the National Equal Rights League (Trotter was the founder), NAACP, Boston Literary and Historical Association, and the Pullmans Association; also included are manuscripts, printed materials and correspondence by and regarding Guardian journalist Maybray Koontz.

Sterling Tucker (1923-    ). An extensive collection of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, audio recordings, scrapbooks, notes, and other items from a prominent politician and civil rights activist.

Josh White (1914-1969).  Correspondence, photographs, and audio recordings from the legendary singer, guitarist, actor, and civil rights advocate.  In the Libby Holman Collection.

Elie Wiesel (1928-2016).  A large collection of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, research material, photographs, video recordings, audio recordings, memorabilia, and other items from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning author, memoirist, and human rights advocate.