Stanford's Martin Luther King Jr. Institute helps preserve leader's legacy

One of only a few large-scale research ventures focusing on an African American, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute has cataloged more than 40,0000 documents, such as letters to and from King, recordings of speeches and sermons, as well as published and unpublished writings. Stanford history Professor Clayborne Carson has overseen the preservation and examination of these documents since 1985, when King's widow, the late Coretta Scott King, asked him to edit and publish a definitive edition of her late husband's writings and correspondence. Since then, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes, and Carson has edited four additional books on King.