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Collection Number: 05375

Collection Title: Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Marcus and Yetta Danneman, a Jewish couple, owned a grocery store in Atlanta, Ga., from 1939 to 1986. Their grocery store was across the street from the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Sr.'s family attended and pastored. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and other items chiefly documenting Marcus and Yetta Danneman's relationship with the King family. Correspondence includes letters, cards, telegrams, and other items from Coretta Scott King and other members of the King family to Marcus and Yetta Danneman. Other correspondence documents monetary contributions Marcus and Yetta Danneman made to various organization. Photographs include 1961 images of Coretta Scott King and unidentified women modeling clothes in a fashion show at Ebenezer Baptist Church; photographs of Coretta Scott King and others, possibly at a building opening ceremony; and several unidentified photographs. There are also programs, booklets, and pamphlets relating to Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, and the historic and park site dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.; magazines and newspapers articles about Martin Luther King Jr., the King family, and Marcus and Yetta Danneman; certificates awarded to Marcus and Yetta Danneman for their service to their community; books inscribed to the Dannemans from Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Sr., and Martin Luther King Jr.; and audiodisc and cassette recordings of Martin Luther King Jr.
Creator Danneman, Marcus.



Danneman, Yetta.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family #5375, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Stephen Rich in December 2007 (Acc. 100849).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Marcus and Yetta Danneman, a Jewish couple, owned a grocery store in Atlanta, Ga., from 1939 to 1986. Their grocery store's parking lot abutted the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Sr.'s family attended and pastored. Marcus and Yetta Danneman's grocery store primarily served the African American community, including the King family. Yetta Danneman also opened a dress shop in the neighborhood. Marcus Danneman was a pallbearer at the funeral of Martin Luther King Sr.

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The collection contains correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and other items chiefly documenting Marcus and Yetta Danneman's relationship with the King family. Correspondence includes letters, cards, telegrams, and other items from Coretta Scott King and other members of the King family to Marcus and Yetta Danneman. Other correspondence documents monetary contributions Marcus and Yetta Danneman made to various organization. Photographs include 1961 images of Coretta Scott King and unidentified women modeling clothes in a fashion show at Ebenezer Baptist Church; photographs of Coretta Scott King and others, possibly at a building opening ceremony; and several unidentified photographs. There are also programs, booklets, and pamphlets relating to Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, and the historic and park site dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.; magazines and newspapers articles about Martin Luther King Jr., the King family, and Marcus and Yetta Danneman; certificates awarded to Marcus and Yetta Danneman for their service to their community; books inscribed to the Dannemans from Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Sr., and Martin Luther King Jr.; and audiodisc and cassette recordings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Contents list

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About 150 items.

Folder 1

Letters: Coretta Scott King to Marcus and Yetta Danneman, 1966-1997 #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 1

Includes letters, seasonal as well as general cards, telegrams, and other items from Coretta Scott King to Marcus and Yetta Danneman.

Folder 2

Letters: King family to Marcus and Yetta Danneman #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 2

Letters and cards from members of the King family including a note from Martin Luther King Sr. asking if Marcus Danneman would give his grandson, Martin Luther King III, store credit.

Folder 3

Correspondence and Related Materials: Concerning Marcus and Yetta Danneman #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 3

This correspondence primarily concerns the various monetary contributions of Marcus and Yetta Danneman to charitable and other organizations.

Image Folder PF-5375/1-3

PF-5375/1

PF-5375/2

PF-5375/3

Photographs #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." PF-5375/1-3

Includes photographs, dated 1961, of Coretta Scott King and unidentified women modeling clothes in a fashion show at Ebenezer Baptist Church. There are also photographs of Coretta Scott King and others, possibly at a building opening ceremony, and one photograph of an unidentified female and one photograph of an unidentified male.

Folder 4-8

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Printed Materials #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 4-8

Includes church programs from Ebenezer Baptist Church, booklets and pamphlets from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change, and booklets and a proposal concerning the historic and park site for Martin Luther King Jr.

Folder 9-11

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Magazines and Newspapers #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 9-11

Includes magazines that feature articles about Martin Luther King Jr., newspaper articles that concern the King family before and after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, and newspaper articles that mention Marcus and Yetta Danneman.

Folder 12-14

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Other Papers #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 12-14

Includes certificates awarded to Marcus and Yetta Danneman for their service to their community, invitations and guest passes for Marcus and Yetta Danneman, United States commemorative postal stamps for Martin Luther King Jr., an unaddressed postcard, and an essay entitled "Seniority and Racial Progress" by Bayard Rustin and Norman Hill.

Folder 15

Daddy King: An Autobiography (1980) by Martin Luther King Sr. #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 15

Inscribed to Yetta Danneman from Martin Luther King, Sr.

Folder 16

Fighters for a New World (1969) by Thilo Koch #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 16

Inscibed to Marcus and Yetta Danneman from Coretta Scott King.

Folder 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1970) by Robert G. Hoyt #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 17

Inscribed to Marcus and Yetta Danneman from Coretta Scott King.

Folder 18-19

Folder 18

Folder 19

My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. (1969) by Coretta Scott King #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 18-19

Includes two copies inscribed to Marcus and Yetta Danneman from Coretta Scott King.

Folder 20

Why We Can't Wait (1964) by Martin Luther King Jr. #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." Folder 20

Inscribed to Marcus and Yetta Danneman from Martin Luther King Jr.

Audiodisc D-5375/1

Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam, 1967 speech by Martin Luther King Jr. #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." D-5375/1

Audiodisc has Coretta Scott King's signature on the cover. This speech was taken from a sermon delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on 16 April 1967.

Audiocassette C-5375/1

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Speeches and Sermons #05375, Series: "Marcus and Yetta Danneman Papers on the King Family, 1961-2006." C-5375/1

With an introduction by Coretta Scott King.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, September 2008

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, September 2008

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