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Guide to the Rosamond Martin Collection ARS.0029
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Source
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hall Martin Collection
    Dates: 1936-1972
    Collection number: ARS.0029
    Collection size: 1 box : 28 tapes (26 7" reels ; 2 5" reels)
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: The Hall Martin Collection consists of open reel tapes associated with Stanford's Speech and Drama Department, and features recordings of iconic speeches from 20th century political and historical figures, as well as proceedings from the 1961 Northwest Drama Conference held at Stanford.
    Language of Material: English


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Hall Martin Collection, ARS-0029. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The Hall Martin Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Rosamond Martin in 1994.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    The Hall Martin Collection consists of open reel tape recordings of iconic speeches from 20th century political and historical figures, particularly Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. The tapes were recorded from radio and television broadcasts, as well as a few recordings, by Hall Martin (B.A. 1935, M.A. 1950), an instructor and assistant professor in Stanford's Speech and Drama Department from 1955 to 1963. These tapes were likely made available for study by students; in fact a speech by President Truman is identified as being an example of poor public speaking.
    The collection also includes proceedings from the 1961 Northwest Drama Conference at Stanford. Martin was involved in the planning and staging of the conference, and he obtained Delmar Daves, a Hollywood producer and Stanford graduate, as keynote speaker. Actors Jack Lemmon and John Kerr were also participants.The Northwest Drama Conference is an annual academic theatre conference founded in 1948 and includes participants from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Nevada, Western Montana, and Northern California. The conference was hosted by Stanford from February 9th-11th, 1961, with the theme being "American Theatre: The Challenge of the Surging Sixties."
    Many tapes have unrelated content on the same reel. Refer below for the most complete view of tape contents.

    Indexing Terms

    Martin, Hall
    Stanford University. Dept. of Drama.
    Speeches, addresses, etc.