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Dr. William Joseph Martin, Jr. Collection

Identifier: DC028

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized into the following series: 1) Biographical Materials; 2) Correspondence; 3) Literary Materials; 4) Genealogical Materials; 5) Printed Materials; 6) Photographs; 7) Financial Materials; 8) Cookbook; 9) Scrapbook Materials. The Biographical Material includes Martin's last will and testament, as well as information about his family, including information about his wife and descendants. [For additional information about his father, Col. William J. Martin, see DC026.] There is correspondence which discusses his father, Davidson College and his role as president, his election to the position of moderator of the General Assembly, the establishment of a Presbyterian Junior College, and recommendations. There are addresses, including his speech given after the burning of Old Chambers and the dedication speech for New Chambers. There are copies of his doctoral dissertation "A Platinum Ore Analysis." There is information about the Martin family genealogy, including correspondence with family members and original notes. There is printed material about Davidson College and his role as president, including information about Woodrow Wilson's visit in 1916. There are newspaper articles about the Martin Science Building and the President's House. There is also printed information about the General Assembly Training School. There are photographs of Dr. Martin and his family, photographs of Woodrow Wilson during his visit to the campus, and pictures of the President's House before its restoration. There is a notebook containing financial information, a cookbook which probably belonged to Dr. Martin's wife, and a scrapbook which was made by Dr. Martin's wife. The oversize material contains one diploma which belonged to Dr. Martin and two diplomas belonging to his family.


  • Creation: 1858 - 1956

Biographical / Historical

William Joseph Martin Jr. was born in Columbia, Tennessee in 1868, but during his youth his father accepted a position with Davidson College and they moved to Davidson. He was graduated from Davidson College in 1888 and earned an M.A. the following year. In 1890, he earned his M.D. degree from the University of Virginia and four years later he earned his Ph.D. In 1896, he returned to Davidson as Chambers Professor of Chemistry, a position which he held until 1912, when he became president of the college. In 1929, he retired from the presidency at the request of the Board of Trustees (See the 2023 accretion for documentation regarding this topic)and became President of the Assembly Training School in Richmond, Virginia.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes + oversize)



Physical Location

Carrell Storage

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Armand Currie

Processing Information

Processed on 11/11/1994; oversized identified in December 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository