Bradford G. Martin photograph collection

Bradford G. Martin photograph collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Martin, B. G., (Bradford G.)
Title: Bradford G. Martin photograph collection
Dates: circa 1960s-1970s
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3377

Biographical/Historical Note

"Dr. Martin was born in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts, but spent much of his childhood with his mother's family in Vermont and always considered Vermont his home. His service in the army signal corps during World War II gave him a knowledge of the German language and European countries. After the war, he earned A.B. and M.A. degrees in romance languages from Harvard (1949 and 1950), had several jobs (one as a translator with the Haydn Society), then switched his field to Islamic Studies, receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1958.

From 1958 to 1959 he worked for an oil company in South Arabia ('Uman), after which he took a job at Manchester University as temporary lecturer in Persian for two years. Manchester University at that time was a center for the emerging field of African Studies. While at Manchester, Dr. Martin was invited by Thomas Hodgkin to go to the University of Ibadan to help set up a program on Islam in Africa. In 1964, he followed Hodgkin to the University of Ghana at Legon where he helped establish Islamic Studies in the new Institute of African Studies. He traveled all over Nigeria and Ghana interviewing local Muslim scholars and collecting manuscripts for the university library.

In 1966 Dr. Martin left Africa for Bloomington, Indiana. From then until his retirement in 1989 he served as a professor of history at Indiana University. In August 1989 he and his wife moved to her hometown of Elberton, where they lived until his death on April 10, 2006." -- Godlas, Alan. "Islamic Collection." University of Georgia Libraries. (Retrieved 1/15/2010)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of over 400 photographs, mainly of the Middle East. Most of the images are of buildings and landscapes. Specific areas which are identified include Iran (Tehran vicinity), Oman (Dhofar region), and Turkey (Istanbul). There are also a few photographs of Paris, France and places in Germany (mainly Heidelberg area), and one photograph of Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona. In addition the collection includes unidentified photographs, contact sheets, negatives, and postcards.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Contact sheets.
Dhofar (Oman)--Photographs.
Heidelberg (Germany)--Photographs.
Istanbul (Turkey)--Photographs.
Montezuma Castle National Monument (Ariz.)--Photographs.
Negatives (photographic)
Paris (France)--Photographs.
Tehran (Iran)--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bradford G. Martin photograph collection. MS 3377. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Photos- Middle East- Iran
2Photos- Middle East- Oman- Dhofar
3Photos- Middle East- Turkey
4-7Photos- Middle East
21-4Photos- Middle East
5Photos- France- Paris
6Photos- Germany
7Photos- U.S.- Arizona
8Photos- Misc.& Unident.
9Contact sheets
11Postcards, etc.- Middle East & Denmark