Martin (Boyd) Scrapbooks Collection
ca. 1904- 1963
University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292
Conditions Governing Access note
Open to researchers
Preferred Citation Note
[Identification of item], Boyd Martin Scrapbooks Collection, ca. 1904- 1963, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.
Edgar Boyd Martin was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 2, 1886, the son of Silas D. and Pattie (Lovell) Martin. Boyd Martin received his education at du Pont Manual Training High School, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville. He Married Julis Johnson, of Louisville, Ky., November 29, 1912; Mrs. Strother Smith, 1960.
Summary of Significant Events
Presented the Minerva Award from the University of Louisville for eminence in academic and professional activities.
Member of Phi Lamba Epsilon.
Published: Modern American Drama and Theater (c1946)
Organized theater trains from Louisville to New York City - an idea that was copied in other parts of the country.
Recognized leader in the little theater movement.
||Career with Grainger and Co. as draftsman; made chief engineer.
||began writing dramatic criticisms for the Courier-Journal.
||made newspaper history with review of "The Great Train Robbery" (first newspaper review of motion picture) became dramatic editor of CJ Dramatic Club, University of Louisville, Director
||University of Louisville, Instructor of Dramatics
||Organized University of Louisville Players.
||became part-time instructor of the University of Louisville English Department (pioneer in making dramatics part of curriculum)
||founder of the Players Club of Louisville.
||formed the Alumni Players.
||resigned from CJ became affiliated with the Fourth Avenue Amusement Co. as publicity director and manager of the Strand Theater returned to CJ as dramatic editor
||Louisville Little Theater formed through amalgamation of the Players Club and the Alumni Players.
||resigned from the University of Louisville.
||resigned as drama editor of the CJ.
||Died of cancer. No heirs.
At the Theatre Notebooks. Six notebooks, of notices of plays performed in New York and other major cities. Martin states in "Fore Word" that "the object of these little books of clippings is to keep a record of theatrical productions as seem to be worthy of note by the collector." Contents, 1905-1907
and reviews of 56 plays, 11 January 1905 to 22 May 1905
clippings and reviews of 35 plays, 29 May 1905 to 24 April 1906
clippings and reviews of plays, February 1906 to 6 August 1906
clippings and reviews of 60 plays, April 1906 to 27 November 1906
clippings and reviews of 59 plays, 19 November 1906 to 30 April 1907
clippings and reviews of 59 plays of, 1907
Masonic Theatre Notebooks. Six notebooks containing clippings and reviews of plays acted at Masonic Theatre, Louisville, from Contents, 1906 through 1913
clippings and reviews, 1906-1908
clippings and reviews, 12 April 1909 to 28 September 1908
clippings and reviews, 1909-1910
and reviews, 1910-1911
clippings and reviews, 1911-1912
clippings and reviews, 1912-1913
University of Louisville Players Notebooks. Three books containing clippings, reviews, and cast listings. Dates covered re as follows
Plays and Players Appearing at Macauley's Theatrs. In total there are eighteen notebooks containing material relating to plays performed at Macauley's from There are no apparent chronological gaps, 1904-1922
Titles of plays appearing in all the above collections save the University of Louisville Notebooks are listed in a index volume, titled Index to Plays. Reference is made to collection title, volume, and page on which a given title appears
Summary. At The Theatre Notebooks: six volumes, national shows and reviews. Masonic Theatre Notebooks: six volumes, Louisville shows and reviews. University of Louisville Players Notebooks, three volumes, University of Louisville productions. Macauley's Theatre Notebooks, eighteen-volumes, Louisville shows and reviews. The Boyd Martin notebooks contain newspaper clippings, reviews of plays performed, and cast listings from programs of plays presented in Louisville from Many of the reviews were written by Boyd Martin himself, 1905-1907