Jack Martin papers

Jack Martin papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Martin, Jack, 1906-1972
Title: Jack Martin papers
Dates: 1961-1972
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms2162

Biographical/Historical Note

A native of Buford, Georgia, Jack Martin lived in Athens for most of his life. He was a columnist, salesman, humanitarian, author and historian. He began his column "A Little Bit About This and That" in the Athens Banner-Herald in 1963 and continued writing until 1972. Martin was most famous in Athens and Northeast Georgia for his yearly portrayal of Santa Claus. He began this tradition in 1931 on the radio and continued for over 40 years, reading letters and appearing at churches and civic organizations. He was also named honorary historian of Athens, Clarke County and the state of Georgia. The items in this collection describe a much-loved citizen through his good works and eccentricities. Martin died in November of 1972 at St. Mary's Hospital, which he wrote a history of.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of clippings, xeroxes of letters, photographs and printed material pertaining to Jack Martin.


Arranged in in alphabetical order by record type.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Martin, Jack, 1906-1972 -- Correspondence
Printed ephemera.
Santa Claus--Georgia--Athens.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jack Martin papers, MS 2162. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

2Clippings, 1961-1965
3Clippings, 1966-1972
4Correspondence, 1963-1972
5Envelopes, empty
6"Historical Data About Post-Office in Athens"
7"History- Southern Railroad in Athens"
8"History of St. Mary's Hospital"
10News braodcasts, WRFC
13Resolutions (honors)
14"Thirty-Two Years as Santa Claus"