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University of Arkansas Office of the President: James E. Martin Speeches

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC 425

Scope and Content Note

Materials include speeches given by James E. Martin during his time as the University of Arkansas President.


  • Creation: 1980-1983


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

James Everett Martin was born June 22, 1932, at Vinemont, Ala., to Everett Parrish and Buena Marie Gibson Martin. He married Rachel Ann Freeman in 1958, and they had three children.

Like his predecessor, James E. Martin was steeped in agricultural education and research. He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1954, a master’s degree from North Carolina State University in 1956 and his doctoral degree from Iowa State University in 1962.

Before coming to the University of Arkansas, Martin served as dean of agriculture and life sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Previously, he had served on faculty at Oklahoma State University and the University of Maryland. In 1975, he was hired as vice president for the Division of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas, drawing the separate agricultural programs at campuses across Arkansas into a well-coordinated single program.

After becoming president of the University of Arkansas in 1980, he oversaw creation of a chancellor’s position at the Fayetteville campus. The University of Arkansas Press was also established, and the Center for Continuing Education was built on the Fayetteville Square. Offices for the Arkansas Alumni Association were also erected at the corner of Razorback Road and Maple Street.

He left the university to become president of his alma mater, Auburn University, in 1984. He retired in 1992.

Information taken from the website of the Office of the Chancellor.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Arrangement of the Papers

Speeches are arranged chronologically by the date of the speech with undated speeches at the end.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated by the Department of Information Services and others through Bill Hughes and others

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Allen and Anthony Wappel; completed in August 2010

University of Arkansas Office of the President: James E. Martin Speeches 1980-1983
Amy Allen and Anthony Wappel
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444