Guide to the James E. Martin Oral History Tapes, RG 60

Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003

Date Span:

0.25 cubic feet; 7 audio cassettes & transcript.

Number of Boxes:
1/2 letter document box.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
James Everett Martin was born in Vinemont in Cullman County, Alabama on June 22, 1932 to Everett P. Martin and Buena Martin. James Martin grew up in Greensboro, Alabama, and graduated from the local public high school. Following high school graduation, he entered Auburn University on a four-year athletic scholarship. It was from this institution that he earned a B.S. degree in agricultural management in 1954.Following graduation from Auburn University, Martin entered graduate school at North Carolina State University where he received a M.S. degree in agricultural economics in 1956. After serving two years in the United States armed forces, he enrolled at Iowa State University where he earned a Ph.D. degree in agricultural economics in 1962. Dr. Martin taught at the University of Maryland and at Oklahoma State University. Between 1968 and 1975 he was Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1976 he became president of the University of Arkansas. Eight years later he assumed the duties as Auburn University's fourteenth president on February 5, 1984. He remained president of the college until 1992. His civic involvement includes Rotary Club, United Fund and the Heart Association.

Scope and Content:
Consists of a seven-hour, tape-recorded interview with James E. Martin, conducted by Dwayne Cox on May 7, 1996. The interview covers Martin's term as president of Auburn University. The portion of the interview dealing with Charles Curran, a Roman Catholic theologian and Auburn faculty member to whom Martin refused tenure, has been transcribed.

Item list:
Box 1

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