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Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Clayborne Carson (Project Director: December 2020 to September 2021)
James T. Campbell (Project Director: September 2021 to March 2022)
Lerone Allen Martin (Project Director: March 2022 to present)
The Papers of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), covering the years 1962-1964.  

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project's principal mission is to publish the fourteen-volume annotated scholarly edition of King's most historically significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and other works. Since its founding in 1985, the Project has published seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., which have become fundamental reference works for historians, scholars, and students. The edition, which is scheduled for completion in 2043, provides an unprecedented glimpse into the modern civil rights movement through King's life and works. Our website,, founded in 1995, includes facsimiles, audio/visual recordings, and PDF and HTML versions of the edition's first six volumes. This application for funding responds to the NEH's "A More Perfect Union" initiative to examine how America's founding ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been expanded for a pluralistic society.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$225,000 (approved)
$187,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2022 – 9/30/2023