Jack Martin papers

Jack Martin papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Martin, Jack, 1906-1972
Title: Jack Martin papers
Dates: 1963-1972
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3481

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 of his newspaper columns and other items that Jack Martin wrote, including History of St. Mary's Hospital, clippings relating to Martin playing Santa Claus, and various honors bestowed upon him, such as the Honorary Historian of the State of Georgia.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Authors, American--Georgia--Athens.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Martin, Jack, 1906-1972

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jack Martin papers,1963-1972. MS 3481. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related material available in the following collections of this repository: Jack Martin papers, 1961-1972.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Clippings, correspondence, honors
2Clippings, Athens Banner-Herald "A Little Bit about This and That"
3Clippings, Athens Banner-Herald "A Little Bit about This and That"
4Clippings, Athens Banner-Herald "A Little Bit about This and That"
5Clippings, magazines and pamphlets
6Clippings, correspondence, honors