African American Collections -- Politics, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
Edward Brooke (1919-2015). Correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, professional material, and other items from the former Senator from Massachusetts.
Matthew W. Bullock (1882-1972). Scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, and other items from a pioneering African American lawyer and public official in Massachusetts.
Camp Atwater. Correspondence, records, photographs, and other documents regarding the oldest and most prestigious African-American summer camp in the country, located in New Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Horace Cayton, Jr. (1903-1970). Manuscript from this notable author.
Edward O Gourdin (1897-1966). Correspondence, personal memorabilia, printed materials, professional materials, legal materials, financial materials, diaries and journals, photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellany from Edward O. Gourdin.
Lawrence E. Lucas (1933-). Manuscripts, printed materials, and correspondence from the notable clergyman and author.
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.
E. Frederic Morrow (1909-1994). Manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and other materials from the notable civil servant.
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.
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.
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 African-American historian, editor, author, and feminist.
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.
Clifton R. Wharton (1899-1990). Scrapbooks, documents, photographs, and other items regarding this groundbreaking diplomat - the first African-American chief of a diplomatic mission to a European nation.