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Civil rights leader donates permanent collection to Boatwright Library

Wyatt Tee Walker, a distinguished theologian and civil rights leader, has gifted his personal collection to the University of Richmond Boatwright Memorial Library. The collection includes hundreds of historical pieces, including papers, recorded sermons and memorabilia.

Walker, who lives in Virginia, served as chief of staff to Martin Luther King Jr., executive director of the Southern Leadership Conference and special assistant for Urban Affairs to Nelson Rockefeller. He is a specialist in sacred music, cultural historian and prolific author. Walker is pastor emeritus of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in Harlem.

Significant items in this historical collection include photographs Walker took of King while they were jailed in Birmingham in 1967; numerous letters to King and others regarding civil rights issues; and journals, drawings, diagrams and notes kept by Walker’s wife Theresa, who was also active in the civil rights movement. The collection also includes books, records, awards and clothing.

“We are justly proud that we were on the right side of history and can share our experiences with the general public through this partnership with the University of Richmond,” said Walker.

“We are honored that Dr. Walker has entrusted Boatwright Memorial Library with the care of this amazing collection,” said Lynda Kachurek, head of rare books and special collections. “We expect civil rights and other historians from all over the country and world to be interested in this scholarship, as well as our faculty, staff, students and the general public.”

This special collection will be the largest under the care of Boatwright Library. It will be housed in the Galvin Rare Books Room. The collection will be catalogued and processed and is expected to be available for research beginning in late 2016.

“This collection documents a critical moment in American history,” said University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher. “It will help generations of students and scholars better understand the men and women who led the Civil Rights Movement and their work for social justice. We are so grateful for Dr. Walker’s generosity and for the opportunity to bring this collection to the University library.”


Link to original press release

Archives Month – October 2014

virginia archives month poster for 2014

Celebrating Virginia Archives during Archives Month, October 2014

Beginning in 2006, archives across the country celebrate Archives Month during October.  Throughout the month, special events and exhibits highlight the many ways that archives provide education and give the profession the opportunity to talk about the work we do in preserving, protecting, and providing access to important historical materials.  The Virginia poster offers some tantalizing glimpses into the kinds of treasures you can discover by exploring archives around the state.  Did you spot our whale?

Here at the University of Richmond, we have special exhibits up for the month which highlight October-themed items from our collections, including spooky tales and scary beasts that live in our collections.  We hope you’ll visit us throughout the month and explore the many ways our archive contribute to the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff.

Be sure to check out other great Archives Month activities across the state of Virginia!  You will find opportunities to go behind the scenes and explore rare materials wherever you might travel this fall.  A full list of Virginia Archives Month activities can be found on the Library of Virginia’s Archives Month website.