ATLANTA—Georgia State University Library’s Special Collection and Archives will acquire the papers of acclaimed civil rights leader Lonnie C. King Jr., a collection that documents the history of the Atlanta Student Movement between 1960-65 as well as King’s life and work.
Jeff Steely, dean of libraries, announced the acquisition at a reception for King as the Honors College’s Founders Lecture honoree.
“Just over a year ago I had the remarkable pleasure of sitting down with Mr. King and hearing first-hand his remarkable life story,” Steely said. “Now Georgia State students and researchers for generations to come will be able to study Mr. King’s courageous actions as a civil rights leader.”
With a gift from the Rich Foundation, the Special Collection and Archives Department will preserve the collection and make the materials available for educational and research purposes. The documents will be accessible to the Georgia State community, researchers and the public. In addition to making the collection accessible in the Special Collections and Archives, the library will digitize materials and make them available online.