Clair E. Martin Papers Now Accessible


The papers of Dr. Clair E. Martin, 23rd president of Cumberland University, have been processed and are ready to be accessed via research inquiries with the Stockton Archives in the Doris and Harry Vise Library at Cumberland University. A finding aid is now available at:

The work of processing the papers began in June 2017 and was completed in November. The collection is one of the larger presidential collections in the archives, comprised of nearly 3,000 documents.
During Martin’s tenure as president of Cumberland University from 1995-2000, the Heydel Fine Arts Center was constructed and a Fine Arts Academy was established. Two residence halls were built, and Memorial Hall and Baird Chapel underwent renovations. Enrollment management and fiscal integrity were considered two major achievements of Martin’s administration.

Unique to this collection are the number of letters received from or written to both local and national politicians. They include Rep. Ed Bryant, Tennessee 7th District; Sen. Orrin G. Hatch from Utah; Rep. Bob Clement, Tennessee 5th District (and former Cumberland University president); Sen. Bill Frist from Tennessee; Rep. Matthew Kisber, Tennessee 73rd Legislative District; Bill Purcell, Tennessee House Majority Leader (1995); Don Sundquist, Governor, State of Tennessee, and Rep. John Tanner, Tennessee 8th District.

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