The Henry Churchill King Presidential Papers abundantly document King’s service to Oberlin College as teacher, preacher, and president. His contributions to wartime Europe as a chaplain and diplomat are also well recorded. Two-thirds of the papers consist of professional correspondence (1897-1928), alphabetically arranged by correspondent; a name index and calendar (1976) to the bulk of this correspondence is available in the Archives. Correspondents include Cass Gilbert, Charles Martin Hall, Hastings H. Hart, Anson Phelps Stokes, and Wayne B. Wheeler. Half of the remaining third of the collection includes subject files pertaining to the organizations to which Mr. King belonged or with which he was associated, such as the Y.M.C.A., Near East Relief, National Council of Congregational Churches, and the Commission on Missions of the National Council of Congregational Churches. A significant collection of papers and photographs originating from the Inter-Allied Commission on Mandates in Turkey in 1919 comprise roughly 0.8 linear feet plus additional oversize material. Also present in the collection are datebooks, diaries, clippings, and printed materials. The 1998/146 accession, from Ernestine Evans King, comprises two sets of Arab garments given to H.C. King by Emir Feisal in 1919.
The papers and other materials fall into these general categories, but have not been separated into series: I. Professional Correspondence; II. Personal Correspondence; III. General Files; IV. Talks, Notes, and Writings; V. Appointment and Date Books; VI. Diaries; VII. King-Crane Commission Papers; VIII. Biographical Files; IX. Photographs; and, X. Textiles. Categories I, II, VI, VII, and the index and calendar to the correspondence are available on microfilm (54 reels, 35mm.) in the Oberlin College Archives. The King-Crane Commission Papers are available in digital format online.