TRANSCRIPTION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'S SPEECH (PDF 90KB)
This new transcription is based solely on the recording of Dr. King’s spoken words.
1962 COMMEMORATION DINNER EVENT PROGRAM (PDF 350KB)
The original program of the September 12, 1962 Commemoration Dinner at the Park-Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Courtesy of the New York State Archives.
ONLINE EXHIBITION: "FIRST STEPS TO FREEDOM"
The NYSM’s online exhibition marked the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and provides historical background and interpretation of the document.
THE INCOMPLETE CELEBRATION (PDF 5MB)
This article discusses the events surrounding Dr. King’s appearance at the Civil War Centennial Commission’s dinner in September 1962. Courtesy of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.
LINCOLN'S PRELIMINARY DRAFT OF THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
The NYSL’s online exhibition of the Preliminary Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, in Lincoln’s own hand.
USING DOCUMENTS IN THE CLASSROOM (NYS Archives)
In accordance with the Common Core Standards, the NYS Archives offers a number of videos detailing how teachers can effectively bring primary sources into the classroom.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CITIZEN ACTION IN THE 20th CENTURY (NYS Archives)
The lessons evident in the many individual acts that have made up the struggle for equality help us to understand the Civil Rights Movement as well as the general power of civic engagement and participation in a democratic society.
The King Center
Established in 1968 by Mrs. Coretta Scott King, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (“The King Center”) has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century. Nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy.
The National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
Africana Age: African and American Diaspora Transformations in the 20th Century
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. Between 2005 and 2010, sixty Schomburg-Mellon Fellows conducted research in the Schomburg divisions, looking for photographs, prints, manuscripts, and periodicals to illustrate Africana Age.
Crusader Without Violence: A Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.
by Lawrence Reddick
The discovery of the audio file sheds new light on another publicly owned document—the typewritten speech delivered by Dr. King that evening, now in the collection of the New York State Archives. It is now evident that the editing marks made on the speech were made by Enoch Squires, the audio engineer who made the recording. Presumably, he marked the document after listening to the recorded speech. The handwriting on the speech is identical to Squires’ labels and notes made on his audio tape collection, donated to the State Museum.
1962 Typed Speech, pages 1-14 (click to enlarge)
Courtesy of the New York State Archives