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Martin Luther King, Jr. Collection

At the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, H. Vail Deale, Director of Libraries from 1953-1980, presented his personal library of books on non-violence and pacifism as a memorial collection. Assembled over a period of more than thirty years, the collection includes books and pamphlets by and about M. Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, and other leaders connected with the philosophy of non-violence and pacifism.

One of the more valuable acquisitions was a thirty-year bound file of Fellowship Magazine, the foremost magazine of American pacifism in the 20th century. Rare and out-of-print items from India, memorabilia of Dr. King's assassination and funeral, and an extensive number of books by and about Mohandas Gandhi highlight this collection, now referred to as "The Martin Luther King Collection on Non-Violence."

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