Collection contains mainly scrapbooks containing reviews, cast lists and other papers related to Martin's work in local theater companies including Macauley’s Theater, Masonic Theater, Little Theater Company, and the University of Louisville’s UofL Players, and Belknap Players. Also found in the collection are correspondence files including programs, playbills, prompt books, posters, and photos.
Edgar Boyd Martin was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 2, 1886, the son of Silas D. and Pattie (Lovell) Martin. Boyd Martin received his education at du Pont Manual Training High School, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. He Married Julis Johnson, of Louisville, Ky., November 29, 1912; Mrs. Strother Smith, 1960.
Career with Grainger and Co. as draftsman; made chief engineer.
began writing dramatic criticisms for the Courier-Journal.
made newspaper history with review of "The Great Train Robbery" (first newspaper review of motion picture) became dramatic editor of CJ Dramatic Club, University of Louisville, Director
University of Louisville, Instructor of Dramatics
Organized University of Louisville Players.
became part-time instructor of the University of Louisville English Department (pioneer in making dramatics part of curriculum)
founder of the Players Club of Louisville.
formed the Alumni Players.
resigned from CJ became affiliated with the Fourth Avenue Amusement Co. as publicity director and manager of the Strand Theater returned to CJ as dramatic editor
Louisville Little Theater formed through amalgamation of the Players Club and the Alumni Players.
[Identification of item], Boyd Martin Theater Collection, Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/226 Accessed August 14, 2020.