A Guide to the Sam L. Martin Papers, 1926-1956
Born in Denton County, Texas, Samuel Lawton “Sam” Martin (1901-1961) married Cecil Cleo Cross. He received a B.S. in industrial education from North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas) in 1926 and an M.S. in industrial education from Texas A & M University in 1932. Martin taught architectural and mechanical drawing in Austin Public Schools from 1922 until he became principal of the Austin Public Evening School and Supervisor of Industrial and Vocational Education for Austin Public Schools in 1939. During his tenure, Martin expanded the evening school program to help adults earn high school diplomas and prepare for college. He also received the Texas Trades and Industries Service Award (1951), the Austin Building Trades Council Award (1960), and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Certificate of Meritorious Service (1960). In 1968, Austin named Sam L. Martin Middle School in his honor.
Comprising alphabetical files of correspondence, teaching records, and financial and legal documents, the Sam L. Martin Papers, 1926-1956, chronicle Martin’s career as a teacher and administrator for the Austin, Texas, Public Evening School and the industrial and vocational education programs in Austin Public Schools. Syllabi, lesson plans, articles, term papers, tests, and notes document courses Martin took and taught at the Austin Public Evening School, the North Texas State Teachers College, the University of Texas, and Texas A & M University. Correspondence, contracts, reports, and financial documents pertain to potential employment, compensation, and ratings of teachers in Austin Public Schools. The collection also contains Martin’s teaching applications and tax documents; materials for conferences and associations; and correspondence with faculty at North Texas State Teachers College and the graduate school at Texas A & M University, among others.
This collection is open for research use.
Sam L. Martin Papers, 1926-1956, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
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