Scope and Contents
Title: Hall Martin Collection
Collection number: ARS.0029
: 28 tapes (26 7" reels ; 2 5" reels)
Archive of Recorded Sound
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
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Hall Martin Collection, ARS-0029. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
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.
Stanford University. Dept. of Drama.
Speeches, addresses, etc.