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Boyd Martin theater photograph collection

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1980_004-PA

Content Description

These prints, negatives, scrapbooks, and slides document Boyd Martin's theatrical career. Included are 1,200 transparencies of stage sets, costumes, personalities, and photographs of actors on and off stage. There are also photographs of Martin with Hollywood actors and pictures of 18th- and 19th-century personalities. In addition to photographs the collection contains correspondence, programs, playbills, scripts, and scrapbooks containing reviews, cast lists, and other papers related to Martin's work in the theater. Martin began his association with the University of Louisville in 1909, when he was hired as an instructor in dramatics. Later, he became the director of the Dramatic Workshop, the Players Club of Louisville, and the Alumni Players. In 1932 he became director of the Louisville Theater Company. During his forty-six year career, Martin directed over four hundred full-length plays and many one-act plays. Thirteen 19th century photos of theater personalities; 184 photos of local theater productions; four miscellaneous portraits; 39 non-photographic prints (18th and 19th century prints); one family photo scrapbook; 31 4 x 5 inch and 8 x 10 inch negatives, mostly nitrate; Martin with Hollywood personalities; thirteen prints, ditto; no negatives; 1200 35mm slides of stages and sets; sixteen scrapbooks with clippings and reviews. University of Louisville theatrical productions; theatre personalities; local productions; prints, card prints, glass mounted slides, scrapbooks, clippings, reviews, Little Theater; slides of UL "The Playhouse" 1940s, Little Theater 1940s-50s; promotional material for motion pictures. Item count is approximate.

Restrictions Apply



  • circa 1909-1969



1500 photographs (19 boxes, 4 scrapbooks)