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The papers of Benjamin E. Mays (1895-1984) provide a glimpse into the life of the renowned educator, Baptist preacher, college president and civil rights advocate. The bulk of the papers range from the 1920s to the 1980s covering his extensive career in various roles at Howard University, Morehouse College and on the Atlanta Board of Education among many others. The papers consist of 217 cubic feet of material and include nine series; Personal and Family Papers, Correspondence, Organizational Affiliations, Speeches and Other Writings, Photos, Audio/Visual Materials, Academic Regalia, Certificates/Awards/Artifacts and Subject Files. The papers were donated in four installations by Dr. Benjamin Mays and the initial deposit was received on March of 1976 by Dr. Michael Winston, former Director of the MSRC.