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David Grier Martin Collection

Identifier: DC006

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized in the following series: 1) Biographical Information; 2) Addresses; 3) Correspondence; 4) Interviews; 5) Notebooks; 6) Appointment Books; 7) Printed Material; 8) Photographs; and 9) Oversize. The biographical information includes tributes made to him during his life and after his death, information on Dr. Martin's family and information about his wife Louise and her family, including a letter from Eleanor Roosevelt to Mrs. Martin's mother. The addresses include speeches from 1954-1968 discussing Davidson College. The correspondence includes letters from Dean Rusk and Davidson College future president Sam Spencer. There is an interview from 1964 with Frank Rounds of the Duke Endowment. There are two notebooks containing notes for speeches and other thoughts. There are appointment books from 1962-1968. Printed material includes information from Davidson College fundraising campaigns, information about his election, inauguration, resignation, and retirement from the Davidson College Presidency, as well as diplomas and certificates he was awarded. There is a place card signed by president Lyndon B. Johnston, and a menu signed by Dean Rusk from a luncheon at the White House. There are many photographs from 1930-1972, as well as formal portraits, photographs of his family and of the Davidson College President's House. The oversize collection includes honorary diplomas, and inaugural greetings.


  • Creation: 1933 - 1991

Conditions Governing Access

one folder is restricted

Biographical / Historical

D. Grier Martin was Davidson College's 13th president. Born in Covington, Georgia, in 1910, he graduated from Davidson College in 1932 and attended Emory University from 1932-1933. In 1933 he returned to Davidson to become alumni secretary and publicity director. He married Louise McMichael in 1935, and the two had three children: Jack McMichael, David Grier Jr., and Susan Embry. They left Davidson in 1936 for Dr. Martin to be department Manager of the Campbell Coal company in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1940-1951 he was a partner and sales manager for Grey Hosiery Mills in Bristol, Virginia. During that time he also attended Harvard Business School's War Adjustment Class, graduating second in the class in 1944. He was also a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval reserve. In 1951 he returned to Davidson to become treasurer and business manager for the college, and in 1958 he succeeded Dr. Cunningham as president of the college. He retired from the presidency in 1968, and died in 1974 from Alzheimer's disease.


1.04 Linear Feet (3 boxes + oversize)