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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Archives & Special Collections, Santa Clara University Library
    Title: Norman F. Martin, S.J. papers
    creator: Martin, Norman, S.J. (Norman F. Martin, S.J.), 1914-2006 (Jesuit)
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2006.04.12
    Physical Description: 8.84 linear feet (12 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1950-2006 (bulk 1970-1995)
    Abstract: The Norman F. Martin, S.J. papers, 1950-2006 (bulk 1970-1995), document Fr. Martin's personal and professional life as a Jesuit and a professor of history at Santa Clara University, starting with his graduate education in Mexico and culminating in his death at the age of 91. The records consist of letters, lecture notes, class syllabi, scrapbooks, awards, academic degrees, and newspaper clippings. The papers are arranged into five series: Series I. Lecture Materials and Syllabi 1958-1979 (bulk 1971-1977); Series II. Correspondence, Research Materials, and Miscellaneous Papers, 1950-2004 (bulk 1965-2000); Series III. Scrapbooks and Awards, 1950-2006 (bulk 1985-1995), Series IV. Audio-Visual Materials, 2004; and Series V. Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Manuscripts, 1760-1877 (bulk 1760-1788).
    Language of Material: English, Spanish.
    Physical Location: This collection is located in Santa Clara University Library's Archives & Special Collections.

    Access

    Box 3: Grading Sheets and Grading Books is restricted and not available to the public.

    Arrangement

    The papers are arranged into five series: Series I. Lecture Materials and Syllabi 1958-1979 (bulk 1971-1977); Series II. Correspondence, Research Materials, and Miscellaneous Papers, 1950-2004 (bulk 1965-2000); Series III. Scrapbooks and Awards, 1950-2006 (bulk 1985-1995); Series IV. Audio-Visual Materials, 2004; and Series V. Monasterio de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Manuscripts, 1760-1877 (bulk 1760-1788).

    Biographical History

    Fr. Norman F. Martin, S.J. was born on July 8, 1914 in Half Moon Bay, California. He attended Santa Clara University for two years before entering the Society of Jesus on July 30, 1935. Fr. Martin went on to graduate from Santa Clara in 1937. After briefly teaching at Santa Clara and acting as a dorm prefect, Fr. Martin spent most of the next fourteen years abroad living in Nicaragua, Colombia, Argentina and Mexico.
    During this time, Fr. Martin completed his theological studies and was ordained in Buenos Aires on December 20, 1947. He also earned his master's degree (1950) and doctorate (1957) in Latin American History from the University of the Americas located in Mexico City. Fr. Martin returned to Santa Clara University in 1958 and taught Latin American and Spanish history until 1978. He spent his academic career primarily investigating unemployment in colonial Mexico or New Spain. Additionally, Fr. Martin was a member of the Jesuit Historical Institute in Rome.
    Following his teaching career, Fr. Martin served as Assistant to the President for University Relations and served on various boards of trustees, including those of Santa Clara University and the O'Connor Hospital Foundation. Fr. Martin died February 5, 2006 after 70 years as a Jesuit and 58 years as a Catholic priest.
    *Note: The information in this biography comes primarily from an obituary written by Br. Dan Peterson (Vineyard, v.74, n.4 (March 2006) p. 39) and from content in the personal papers themselves.

    Organizational History

    Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College and is California's oldest operating institution of higher learning. It was established on the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asìs, the eighth of the original 21 California missions. The college originally operated as a preparatory school and did not offer courses of collegiate rank until 1853. The institution became known as the University of Santa Clara in 1912, when the schools of engineering and law were added. For 110 years, Santa Clara University was an all-male school. In 1961, women were accepted as undergraduates and Santa Clara University became the first coeducational Catholic university in California. The number of students and faculty tripled over the next decade and the university began the largest building program in school history with eight residence halls, a student union, and an athletic stadium. In the early 1970s, the Board of Trustees voted to limit the size of the undergraduate population, an action that was intended to preserve the character and ensure the quality of the university for generations to come. In 1985, the university adopted Santa Clara University as its official name. Bibliography: Santa Clara University. "About SCU – History." www.scu.edu/about/history.cfm (Accessed Nov. 23, 2010) McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. The University of Santa Clara: A History, 1851-1977. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1979.

    Preferred Citation

    Norman F. Martin, S.J. papers, MSS.2006.04.12, Santa Clara University Library, Archives & Special Collections.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed and finding aid written by Michelle Runyon in 2016. Finding aid updated and EAD encoded by Andrea Hoff in 2019.

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    Scope and Content of the Collection

    The Norman F. Martin, S.J. papers, 1950-2006 (bulk 1970-1995), document the professional and personal life of Fr. Martin primarily from his time at Santa Clara University. The records consist of letters, lecture notes, class syllabi, scrapbooks, ceramic masks, awards, and newspaper clippings from throughout his adult life. Fr. Martin first came to Santa Clara University as a student in 1933 where he was called to become a Jesuit and entered the Society of Jesus on July 8, 1935. He returned as a professor of history in 1958 and later became a Special Assistant to the President. Through his fundraising efforts, the Orradre Library was funded and established largely through the generosity of the Michel Orradre Family.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in Archives & Special Collections may be subject to copyright. All requests for permission to publish from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Archives & Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials, and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Santa Clara University -- History
    Santa Clara University (Calif.) -- Department of History
    Education, Higher -- California -- San Jose
    New Spain History
    Jesuit Historical Institute
    Augustinians -- Bolivia