Archive Help

Use of Documents

To obtain proper authorization for use of Dr. King's works and intellectual property, please contact Intellectual Properties Management (IPM), the exclusive licensor of the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., Inc. at or 404 526-8968.



Visitors who know what they are looking for upon landing on the digital archive home page can easily enter in their search text in ‘Search the Archive…’ field below The King Center logo and clicking the magnifying glass.

Advanced searches can be performed by selecting the ‘gear’ image located next to the magnifying glass under The King Center logo.



Upon landing on the home page of the digital archive the visitor will be presented with one of many ‘themes’ that have been curated from the archive documents.  Themes can be thought of as ‘mini special exhibits’ within the archive.  Their intent is to educate the visitor and to draw the visitor into new works they may not be familiar with.  Each theme focuses on a different subject either directly associated with Dr. King or more generally with The Civil Rights Movement.

Default Theme: The default theme will always be ‘Archive Spotlights’.  The intent of this theme is to focus the visitors attention on some popular and often lesser known, but equally interesting, documents.

Visitors can switch between themes by either choosing the dropdown in the menu bar below the main menu bar or choosing the drop down in the green pop up theme box.


Content Views

Mosaic: The default view is a ‘mosaic / tile-like’ view.  Upon landing on the home page of the digital archive, the visitor will see a visual layout of documents that are associated with the ‘Archival Spotlights’ theme.  The intent of the visual display is not for the visitor to actual read the documents in this format, but instead to provide a visual glimpse of the treasures to come.

Upon dragging a mouse over these images, the visitor will watch the images begin to ‘pop’.  As the mouse crosses an image, green crop marks will appear around the image borders and ‘tombstone’ data about the associated image will be provided.  This content includes title, date, location, genre and the start of a document abstract.

List: Visitors also have the option of viewing archive in a list format.  This format, similar to the Mosaic format in that the following document data will be provided: title, date, location, genre and the start of a document abstract.

Visitors can switch between views by selecting the appropriate icons located in the toolbar below the main toolbar.


Type of Content

Visitors can quickly apply a filter to view a subset of the content in the archive that is of interest by selecting the area of interest from the dropdown in the ‘Type of Content’ list located at the end of the menu bar under the main menu bar.


Viewing the Content

Clicking the title and / or image of a document will launch the content viewer screen.


Content Viewer

The content viewer has 2 main components:

Data Tray: Includes the following:

Print: see below for details

View Abstract: Provides short summary of the selected content.

Filename content: title, date, location, genre

Transcriptions & Translations: The default language of the digital archive is English.  Typed versions of select documents that are either completely handwritten or have handwriting annotations can be viewed here.  In addition, translations into various languages of select documents can also be viewed.

View Tags: Tags are keywords that have been associated with the archive content.  By selecting a tag a visitor can view additional content about a chosen topic, place, person, location or event.  Next to each tag visitors will see a number in parenthesis.  The number represents the number of documents to date that have been similarly tagged within the archive.

NOTE: The data tray can be hidden, to allow for a larger viewing area, by selecting the green arrow located in the middle and to the right of the data tray.

Viewer: Includes the following:

Page selector: Visitors can note the number of pages in the document they are viewing  by looking at the ‘Page 1 of X’ indicator above the image of the first page.

Documents will always load with the first page showing

Visitors can page through multi-page documents by clicking on one of the green circles located next to the ‘Page 1 of X’ text

The current page will always be indicated by a white circle

Share: Links to documents can be shared via email, Facebook, Google + and Twitter

Zoom: Visitors can take a closer look at a document by clicking the ‘+’ just under the ‘Share’ link on the right hand side of the screen.  Visitors can zoom out by clicking the ‘-‘


Printing Documents

Documents may be printed one page at a time.  Visitors will note a faint watermark protecting the document intellectual property rights within the background of the document image.