Scope and arrangement
The Samuel J. Martin Collection dates from 1926 to 1985. The collection consists of Martin's personal papers, his writings, articles on St. Edmund's Church and on the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and a few papers by other authors.
The Samuel Joseph Martin papers are arranged in five series:
The first series, PERSONAL PAPERS1926-1981, contains documents and certificates, funeral programs and obituaries, newspaper articles about Martin's achievements, and letters. Many of the items in this series were removed from a scrapbook, dismantled because of its poor condition. It contained primarily clippings and letters. The letters are primarily RSVP's and congratulatory notes responding to various events in Martin's career. Personal letters, letters related to St. Edmund's finances, and lastly letters of condolence written to Martin's wife after his death, are in the file.
The WRITINGS SERIES1935-1982, covers a broad range of genres: sermons, research papers, articles, and songs. The sermons, most of which are undated, are arranged alphabetically by title, or if untitled, by the first word of the sermon. The research papers are principally on the theme of the relationship between religion and psychology. These papers appear to be both course assignments and personal research projects. Folder twelve is a research file containing correspondence, sources, and some reports by Martin. The final folder of this series is entitled Miscellaneous as it is unclear whether its contents are sermons, articles, or reports. It is important to mention that in a few cases Martin's authorship was assumed, although complete proof was lacking.
The ST. EDMUND'S CHURCH SERIEScontains printed material: news clippings, programs, newsletters, and a sketch of the church.
The clippings include articles concerning church events, particularly featuring the event when a stone was brought from the original Abbey of St. Edmund's in England to St. Edmund's in Chicago. There are also clippings covering actor Richard Harrison's funeral over which Reverend Martin presided at St. Edmund's in 1935.
The series is comprised of printed material and clippings concerning the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and/or its role in race relations.
The series contains other authors' works as well as unidentifiable texts.