Roy B. Martin Collection, 1937-1989
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Brief Description: Personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, magazines, conference materials, ephemera, and scrapbooks belonging to Roy B. Martin, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia. Boxes 2 and 3, and Scrapbook 2 in Box 4 primarily relate to General Douglas MacArthur and the MacArthur Memorial. Scrapbooks 1 and 3 through 8 cover Roy Martin's life, particularly his political career, professional development, and public service for the City of Norfolk.
Held at:
Sargeant Memorial Collection
Slover Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 7574317429
Email: localhistory [at]
Record Series Number: 001/01/MSS 0000-031
Created by: Martin, Roy B., Jr. (1921-2002)
Volume: 9.0 Boxes
Acquired: 09/08/1999.
Arrangement: Arranged by record type.
Biographical Note for Martin, Roy B., Jr. (1921-2002) : Roy Butler Martin, Jr. was born on May 13, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia and received a BS degree in commerce in 1943. Martin served during World War II in the United States Navy as a lieutenant. He married Louise Freeman Eggleston on April 17, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia. Martin was elected to Norfolk's City Council in 1953 and mayor in 1962. He wanted to be known as a "bricks and mortar" mayor. Under Martin's leadership, Norfolk became home to the Chrysler Museum, saw the establishment of the MacArthur Memorial, and witnessed the building of the Scope complex. He served as chairman of the MacArthur Foundation for 26 years. Martin died at the age of 81 on May 20, 2002 in Norfolk, Virginia and was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open to all researchers.
Subject Index
City planning--Virginia--Norfolk
Death--Social aspects
Hampton Roads (Va. : Region)
MacArthur Memorial
Norfolk (Va.)--Maps
Norfolk (Va.)--Newspapers
Norfolk (Va.)--Politics and government--20th century
Norfolk (Va.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Virginia--Politics and government
Genres/Forms of Material
Agendas (administrative records)
Business cards
Clippings (information artifacts)
Dedications (documents)
Magazines (periodicals)
Municipal government records
Press releases
Publications (document genre)
Ribbon (material)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The status of copyright for these materials is governed by Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. C.). Copyright restrictions may apply.
Acquisition Notes: Bob Kolstee by transfer
PreferredCitation: Roy B. Martin Collection, MSS 0000-031, Sargeant Memorial Collection, Norfolk Public Library, Norfolk, Virginia.