Student Finds Martin Luther King Letter in Library Archives

Published 04/07 2014 05:34PM

Updated 04/07 2014 05:36PM

An interesting and rare historical find For a student at the University of Southern Indiana. During an archival research class, the student found a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The note was written in 1963 to a donor, thanking them for their contribution to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Dr. King founded the civil rights organization.

The student immediately recognized both the header and signature on the letter.

"At first we're like 'Yeah Right.' He's like 'No really, I think I found it,'" said USI Archive Librarian Jennifer Greene. "So, I rushed over there and looked at it, and I was like 'Yeah, I think you did.'"

Jennifer Greene teaches the archiving course. She says among the thousands of documents they come across, gems like this are one in a million.

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