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Nation IN BRIEF : MASSACHUSETTS : Mrs. King Describes Dispute Over Papers

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. testified that the president of Boston University turned hostile when she proposed that the school return her husband’s papers. Coretta Scott King said John R. Silber would not discuss the issue during a 1985 meeting, instead demanding she send the university all other King-related documents it did not already hold. Silber had referred to a letter that her husband signed in 1964 stating that his papers would become the property of Boston University when he died. The trial in Suffolk Superior Court will determine whether about 83,000 documents are owned by the university or by King’s estate. King, who was slain in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968, died without a will.


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