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Boyce F. Martin, Sr. Papers

Identifier: 1989_108-UA

The collection includes manuscripts of articles written by Martin for various model railroading magazines, photographs, slides, rail-related books, and correspondence.


  • 1948-1979


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.


10 linear feet

Biographical / Historical

Boyce F. Martin, Sr. was a Louisville, Kentucky business executive and civic leader. He was educated at Davidson College and earned a master's degree from Harvard University's Business School. He first worked for the American Telephone and Telegraph company, then returned to the academic world, first as Assistant Dean of the Harvard Business School and later as Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business Administration at Emory University, Atlanta. In 1942, he began a long career with the Louisville Cement Company, becoming company president in 1958. While in Louisville, he served on the boards of the American Printing House for the Blind, Norton Memorial Infirmary and several banks. He was also a member of the Board of Overseers at the University of Louisville, and president of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisville Rotary Club. His hobby, model railroading, is reflected in this collection.


The Boyce Martin Papers are in four series: 1. Martin's writings and related material; 2. miscellaneous correspondence; 3. publications; and 4. photographs, slides, and negatives.

All series are arranged in alphabetical order by folder title when known, and railroad names are highlighted throughout. In series one, a biography folder for Martin and his notebook/diary precede the records. This diary appears to be a journal written during the building of his own model railroad, the Osage. While most of the photographs are contained in series four, some are found with other supporting material in series one, as are drafts of Martin's writings. Series three contains reference publications on railroads as well as an incomplete collection of bound Model Railroader's, 1947 to 1978. In series 4, the photographs and negatives are arranged primarly by type of rolling stock or structure and the slides remain as Martin grouped them. They include a trip to Seattle and extensive shots of the Osage.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ekstrom Library, Lower Level Room 17
Louisville KY 40292
502 852-6752