Guide to the Martin Family Papers 1926-1986
Cage 868

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Martin Family Papers
ID
Cage 868
Date [inclusive]
1926-1986
Extent
6.0 boxes.
General Physical Description note
6 linear feet of shelf space.
Location note
(MASC staff use): Folders 16 and 43 located in map case.
Language
English
Abstract
The Martin Family Papers consist of materials created and collected by Clarence Daniel Martin, Sr., Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr., and Charlotte Yeoman Martin. These materials relate to Martin Sr.'s and Martin Jr.'s political and business careers and Charlotte Martin's philanthropic work for institutions such as Washington State University and Gonzaga University. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, and artifacts.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Martin Family Papers, 1926-1986.

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Clarence Martin, Sr. [excerpted from the finding aid for the Clarence Daniel Martin Papers (Cage 336)]

Clarence Daniel Martin (1886-1955) was born in Cheney, Washington, to Francis M. and Philena Martin, who migrated to eastern Washington from Ohio in the early 1880s. Martin graduated from the State Normal School at Cheney in 1903 and received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Washington in 1906. Martin helped his father establish the F. M. Martin Grain and Milling Company in Cheney, and assumed the role of president and general manager of the company in 1925, which he retained until 1943 when they sold the mill to the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco). Martin was elected to the Cheney City Council in 1915, and served as mayor of Cheney from 1928 until he was elected Governor of the State of Washington in November, 1932 and reelected in 1936. Martin became the first native son of Washington to be elected to the state's highest office. His administration was involved with several major public works projects: the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, the creation of the Columbia Basin Commission, the Lake Washington floating bridge, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Bonneville Dam, creating thousands of jobs and extending access to electric power throughout the state. Martin also supported Washington State College's extensive development under President E.O. Holland.

Clarence Martin, Jr. [excerpted from the finding aid for the Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr. Papers (Cage 449)]

Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr., (1916-1976) was born to Clarence D. and Margaret Mulligan Martin in Spokane, Washington. Martin graduated from Cheney High School in 1934, and received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics from Harvard University in 1938. While at Harvard, Martin played football, belonged to the Iroquois Club, became president of the Harvard Flying Club, and president of the National Intercollegiate Flying Club. Martin then studied at the University of Washington Law School during 1939. After returning to Cheney to work with his family at the F. M. Martin Grain and Milling Company, Inc., Martin was called into active duty in 1941 and served five years in World War II with the U.S. Navy. He began several businesses in Washington and later across the American southwest, before returning to manage the F. M. Martin Grain and Milling Company. He became involved in national politics with his coordination of John F. Kennedy's pre-convention drive for the Democratic presidential nomination in southern California and later served as Deputy Chairman for Finance of the Democratic National Committee during the 1970 election campaign. Martin was appointed Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation by the newly elected President Kennedy in 1961. As Under Secretary, Martin was responsible for advising the President on national transportation policy. Martin also coordinated the operations of the Bureau of Public Roads, the Maritime Administration, the Office of Emergency Transportation, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Great Lakes Pilotage Administration, and served as a member of the Alaska International Rail and Highway Commission and the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Company. He later became part owner and vice-president of the Los Angeles Rams professional football team, and was the first to introduce professional soccer to the Los Angeles area.

Charlotte Yeoman Martin (1919-1987) was born and raised in Montana. She was an active and generous philanthropist, including a major contribution to the development and expansion of Martin Stadium and Learning Center at Washington State University. Martin Stadium is named after Martin and her husband Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr. Following the death of her husband in 1976, she served as president of the Martin Cadillac Agency in Los Angeles, California, operated a restaurant in Whidbey Island, Washington, and helped manage the Martin wheat-growing operation in Cheney, Washington. She also established the Charlotte Y. Martin Scholarship at Gonzaga University, providing sixty scholarships a year, donated $4.5 million for the Gonzaga basketball and volleyball arena, re-named Martin Centre in her honor, and served on various trustee and regent committees at Gonzaga University. Shortly before her death in 1987, she established the Seattle-based Charlotte Martin Foundation.

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Scope and Contents note

The Martin Family Papers consist of materials created and collected by Clarence Daniel Martin, Sr., Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr., and Charlotte Yeoman Martin. These materials relate to Martin Sr.'s and Martin Jr.'s political and business careers and Charlotte Martin's philanthropic work for institutions such as Washington State University and Gonzaga University. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, clippings, and artifacts.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in four series:

Series 1: Clarence D. Martin, Sr. papers. Includes personal documents and photographs, and materials pertaining to his service as governor of Washington State.

Series 2: Clarence D. Martin, Jr. papers. Includes documents related to F. M. Grain and Milling Co. and Martin's car dealerships in Southern California, personal papers and photographs, and political papers and photographs pertaining to his service as to Martin, Jr. as Under Secretary of Commerce for Transportation during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

Series 3: Charlotte Martin papers. Includes personal papers and documents pertaining to her philanthropic activities.

Series 4: Martin Family papers: Includes papers and photographs related to Martin family businesses, the family cabin on Gooch Island, British Columbia, and material about various members of the Martin family.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2017

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The estate of Charlotte Yeoman Martin donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 1988 (MS.1988.12).

Processing Information note

The collection was processed by Brianna Webb, supervised by Steven Bingo, in 2017.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Clarence Daniel Martin Papers, 1896-1954, Cage 336

Clarence Daniel Martin, Jr. Papers, 1916-1976, Cage 449

F. M. Martin Grain and Milling Company Records, 1894-1959, Cage 338

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Martin Family.

Personal Name(s)

  • Martin, Charlotte Yeoman
  • Martin, Clarence D. (Clarence Daniel), 1886-1955
  • Martin, Clarence Daniel, 1916-1976

Subject(s)

  • Government and politics -- Washington (State)
  • Politics and Politicians.
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Clarence D. Martin, Sr. 

Personal 

Box Folder

Photographs. 1926-1950s 

1 1-2

Portrait of Clarence D. Martin (photograph) 1933 

6

Resolution by Seattle First National Bank honoring Martin upon his death. 1955 

1 3

Sketch portrait. 1933 

1 4

Sketch portrait. 1933 

6

Politics 

Box Folder

Campaign material (pamphlets and photographs). circa 1940 

1 5

Correspondence. 1947-1948 

1 6

Correspondence. 1948 

1 7

Founder Medal (Eastern Washington University). undated 

5

Service Award, Fraternal Order of Eagles. 1937 

5

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Series 2: Clarence D. Martin, Jr. 

Business 

Box Folder

Agreement for a hockey franchise (the Blades). 1966 

1 8

Sales correspondence (various businesses). 1948-1950 

1 9

Personal Life 

Box Folder

Certificate, Boy Scouts of America. 1934 

1 10

Diploma, Harvard University. 1938 

6

Condolence letters and newspaper articles related to Martin's death. 1976 

1 11

Photographs of Martin, Jr. 1930s-1961 

1 12

Agenda and photographs from the World War II surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri. 1945 September 2 

2 13

Politics 

Box Folder

Program and tickets for events surrounding the 1960 Presidential election (DNC convention, Inaugural Ball). 1960-1961 

2 14

Clipping with photograph of the Martins at the Spanish Embassy ball. 1961 

2 15

Certificates appointing Martin to railroad commissions in Alaska. 1961 

Map drawer 16

China trip photographs. 1970s 

2 17

Christmas cards. 1963-1970s 

2 18

Clearance card (standard instrument rating, US Navy and Marines aviation). 1946 

2 19

Correspondence. Correspondents include John F. Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Henry Jackson, Warren Magnuson, and others. 1960 

2 20

"E" Award presentation, Hughes Aircraft Company. 1965 

2 21

Flight log, Eugene to Portland, OR. 1939 

2 22

Press release from Henry Jackson, DNC Chairman, announcing Martin's appointment as co-chair and co-executive director of the National Committee. 1960 

2 23

Harvard class reunion. 1963 

2 24

Inauguration invitations (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon) and photograph. 1961-1973 

2 25

Inauguration kit (Johnson). 1965 

2 26

Packet of information for travel to China. 1972 

2 27

Invitations, including inauguration and White House reception. 1961 

2 28

Culver medal. circa 1940 

5

Newspaper clipping (reproduction), Times-Herald (Virginia), articles about Berlin talks. 1962 April 27 

3 29

Photograph of a group of men including Martin, Jr. 1944-1960s 

3 30

Photograph album (hunting trip). 1970s (?) 

7

Bound volume: The Social List of Washington, D.C. by Carolyn Hagner Shaw. 1963 

3 31

"SS Pioneer Moon" (manuscripts, photographs, and pamphlets about the launching of the SS Pioneer Moon in 1962). Also includes other photographs of Martin, Jr., some from World War II. 1945-1962 

3 32

State Patrol badge (Martin, Jr.). undated 

5

White badge, for access to the 1952 Democratic Convention). 1952 

5

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Series 3: Charlotte Martin 

Box Folder

Charlotte Y. Martin, Gonzaga University (pamphlet). undated 

3 33

Henry M. Jackson letter to Charlotte Martin. 1975 

3 34

Newspaper clippings about donation for Martin Stadium at WSU. 1972-1979 

3 35

Nez Perce Songs (pamphlet). 1972 

3 36

Photographs of Charlotte Martin. circa 1970 

3 37

Photograph album (includes photographs and related letters about Charlotte Martin's contribution to Martin Stadium at WSU). circa 1970 

7

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Series 4: Martin Family 

Box Folder

Appraisal reports for Frank Martin (Clarence D. Martin Estate and F.M. Martin Milling Company). 1961 

3 38

Business cards and campaign materials (Martin, Sr., Martin, Jr., and William Martin). circa 1930-1950 

3 39

Business records, F. M. Martin Milling Co., Martin Oil and Gas Co. 1945-1974 

3 40

Gooch Island property records and correspondence. 1961-1972 

4 41

Guest book, Gooch Island residence. 1960-1986 

7

Martin Milling Co. letters and photographs. 1947-1950 

4 42

Panoramic photograph of Cheney, WA in front of the Martin mill. 1933 

Map drawer 43

Photographs of members of the Martin family. 1930s-1970s 

4 44-45

Newspaper: Seattle Post Intelligencer, with front page article about Martin Jr. 1940 April 27 

4 46

Newspaper: Spokesman-Review, with article about Japanese attack on the Solomon Islands. 1943 

4 47

Films (2 items, 8mm and Super 8mm) of Gooch Island property. circa 1970 

5

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