TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1. Administrative Records 1983-2001

Series 2. Correspondence 1986-1994

Series 3. Subject Files 1988-1989

Series 4. Press Files 1972-1992

Series 5. Publications 1986-1994

Series 6. Photographs 1987-1991

Series 7. Multimedia 1988

Restricted 1989-1994


RG 154:003, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Magdelena Holler.

Copyright © 2011 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Connecticut. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
Title: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission records
Dates: 1972-2001
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Abstract: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission was established when Governor William A. O'Neil issued Executive Order Number 15 on January 10, 1986. The Connecticut General Assembly in 1989 passed Public Act 89-258, "An Act Creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission," to ensure the "commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the state is meaningful and reflective of the spirit with which he lived and the struggles for which he died." The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is the secretariat for the holiday commission.
Identification: RG154_003
Accession: 2011-078
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

United States Representative John Conyers introduced legislation four days after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. death in 1968 for a national holiday. President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day into law on November 2, 1983. The first national celebration occurred on Januray 20, 1986.

Governor William A. O'Neil issued Executive Order Number 15 on January 10, 1986 creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities as its secretariat. The Connecticut General Assembly in 1989 passed Public Act 89-258, "An Act Creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission," to ensure the "commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the state is meaningful and reflective of the spirit with which he lived and the struggles for which he died." The commission is composed of nineteen appointed commissioners, who work to plan an annual celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sponsor a youth conference and provide reports on activities in the state.

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Scope and Content

The records were arranged into seven series which document the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. The series include Administrative Records, Correspondence, Subject Files, Press Files, Publications, Photographs, and Multimedia.

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1983-2001, consists of information on the commission and commissioners, meeting minutes and agenda, programs and proceedings for holiday celebrations, reports and surveys, youth activities and commissions in other states.

Series 2. Correspondence, 1986-1994, includes correspondence regarding activities sponsored by the commission, communciation between commissioners, information exchanged with commissioners from other states and correspondence with members of the Federal Holiday Commission.

Series 3. Subject Files, 1988-1989, consist of biographical sketches on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King as well as a copy of the Presidential Proclamation establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday.

Series 4. Press Files, 1972-1992, contain clippings regarding civil rights or Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Series 5. Publications, 1986-1994, consist of reports, surveys, and printed material created by the commission or in support of annual activities. Planning and completed copies of the Freedom Trail poster and Connecticut brochure are included. Miscellaneous publications include catalogues, Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities mission statement and report, Klanwatch magazine, and playbills.

Series 6. Photographs, 1987-1991, includes reproduction photographs of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, as well as photographs documenting holiday celebrations held in 1987 and 1991.

Series 7. Multimedia, 1988, contains a cassette tape of the 1988 Iowa Martin Luther King Celebration.

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Arrangement

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1983-2001

Series 2. Correspondence, 1986-1994

Series 3. Subject Files, 1988-1989

Series 4. Press Files, 1972-1992

Series 5. Publications, 1986-1994

Series 6. Photographs, 1987-1991

Series 7. Multimedia, 1988

Restricted, 1989-1994

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

These records are stored at an off-site facility and therefore may not be available on a same-day basis.

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Connecticut -- Politics and government
Connecticut. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
United States. Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission -- Posters

Places:

Connecticut

Persons:

Borges, Francisco L.
Green, Arthur L.
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
King, Dennis J.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Martin, Louis

Document Types:

Brochures
Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Photographs
Posters
Press releases
Publications
Reports

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records were transferred to the State Library in 2010.

Processing Information

Magdelena Holler processed the records in October-December, 2011 (Allen Ramsey supervised).

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Container List

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1983-2001
Box Folder
Commission Meetings, Agenda and Attendance, 1986-1994
Administrative forms, undated 1 1
Meeting schedules, agenda and attendance, 1986-1994 2-10
Holiday Celebrations, 1987-2001
Connecticut Martin Luther King Conference, 1987, 1986-1988 1 11
Martin Luther King, Jr. 25th anniversary commemoration, 1988 October 5 12
State celebration, 1987-1989 13-15
State celebration and correspondence, 1990-1994 2 1-10
State celebration program, 1992-2001 11
Subject Files, 1983-1992
Budget, 1988 2 12
Calendar for traveling photography exhibit "Hand in Hand for Justice", 1990-1992 13
Commission appointments / resignations, 1990-1991 14
Commisioners, past, 1989-1990 15
Commissioners, present, 1990-1991 16
Connecticut Careers Trainee (CCT) position, 1988 17
Federal law and Congressional transcript, 1983-1984 18
Liberty Bell history and celebration, 1986-1989 3 1
Substitute Senate Bill No. 506 - An Act Creating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, 1989 2
Training Program for Common Care of Learning, 1987-1989 3
Reports and Surveys, 1985-1994
1990 survey and 1991 results, 1990-1991 3 4
Annual reports - Connecticut, 1989-1994 5
Connecticut State Department of Education listing of enrollments by school and racial/ethnic status, 1985 October 6
Surveys of city, town, and school programs and activities commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday, 1986 December 7
Survey of Connecticut labor law development in 1993, 1993 8
Youth Foundation, 1988-1994
Administrative, correspondence and 1994 Youth Conference attendance, 1988-1994 3 9
Youth, 1997-2000
Youth conferences, 1997-2000 3 10
Commissions and Activities Outside of Connecticut, 1985-1992
Alaska, 1988 3 11
Arizona, 1989 October 11 12
Colorado, 1986 January 2 13
International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) King Commission, 1985-1987 14-15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Commission reports, 1986-1991 16-18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission National Information and Planning Conference, 1990-1991 4 1-2
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission National Planning Conference and correspondence, 1986-1988 3
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission National Planning Conference for State Holiday Commissions, 1986 July 18-20 4
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission publications and press releases, 1987-1992 5
New Jersey, 1986 March 17 6
New York, 1989 7-8
Rhode Island, 1988 9
Series 2. Correspondence, 1986-1994
Box Folder
Inbound and outbound correspondence, 1986-1994 4 10-11
Series 3. Subject Files, 1988-1989
Box Folder
Biographies, undated 4 12
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presidential Proclamation, 1988-1989 6
Series 4. Press Files, 1972-1992
Box Folder
Clippings, 1972-1988 4 13-15
Clippings, 1989-1995 5 1-4
Press releases, 1985-1992 5
Series 5. Publications, 1986-1994
Box Folder
Brochure - Connecticut, circa 1988 5 6
Connecticut State Agency Description of Organization, Rules of Practice and Personal Data, 1993 7
Freedom Trail posters and planning, 1988-1990 8-9
Miscellaneous, 1991-1994 10
Other brochures and posters, 1986-1989 11
Series 6. Photographs, 1987-1991
Box Envelope
Holiday Celebration, 1987
Arthur L. Green, 1987 6 1
Hopewell Concert Choir, 1987 2
Unidentified, 1987 3
Hopewell Concert Choir, 1987 4
Statue of Genius, 1987 5
Arthur L. Green, 1987 6
Unidentified, 1987 7
Unidentified, 1987 8
Governor William A. O"Neil, 1987 9
Liberty Bell replica, 1987 10
Hopewell Concert Choir, 1987 11-12
Unidentified, 1987 13-14
Arthur L. Green, 1987 15
Liberty Bell replica, 1987 16
Unidentified, 1987 17-18
Governor William A. O"Neil, 1987 19
Arthur L. Green, 1987 20
Hopewell Concert Choir, 1987 21
Holiday Celebration, 1991
ABCD Theater, 1991 6 22
Unidentified, 1991 23-27
Hopewell Choir, 1991 28-30
Unidentified, 1991 31-38
Bell ringing, 1991 39-40
Unidentified, 1991 41-45
Negatives, 1991 46
Portraits, undated
Dr. Martin Luther King standing behind a desk, undated 6 47
Dr. Martin Luther King posing with chair, undated 48
Portrait of Coretta Scott King, undated 49
Series 7. Multimedia, 1988
Box Envelope
Iowa Martin Luther King Celebration, 1 cassette tape, 1988 7 1
Restricted, 1989-1994
Box Folder
Administrative Records - Subject Files
Commissioners, past, 1989-1990 8 1
Administrative Records - Youth Foundation
Administrative, correspondence and 1994 Youth Conference attendance, 1989-1994 8 2