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Talmage M. Martin papers

Identifier: LH-0083

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains oral histories, photographs, newspaper clippings and columns, and veteran's files collected by Talmage Martin during the writing of his book, WWII: Ordinary Heroes.

The following oral history interviews are missing from our collection: (Volume 1) James Boatwright, Jule Brooks, Hugh Butler, William Clinton, Lincoln DeVillier, Bill Foster, James Griffin, Griffin Harris, Laurel Hoskins, Gil Johnson, Snead Johnson, Lem Norrell, Horace Perry, Earl Reaves, Chester Roush, Charles Thomas, and Hugh Young; (Volume 2) Fred Boggs Franklin, James C. Gibson, and Norman Tant.


  • 1993-2003


Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights transferred to the University of West Georgia. Interviewees retain rights to their recordings.

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Talmage M. "Mac" Martin is a native of Carroll County. Martin served in the United States Army during World War II and as a physician and flight surgeon during the Korean War. In Carrollton, Martin practiced as a general surgeon from 1961 to 1988.

Dr. Martin began interviewing West Georgia residents in 1999 and writing their stories for publication in the Carroll Star News. The intent was to share with young people "that the 70 and 80 year old men and women, whom they see and talk with every day, were personally involved in the war."

Martin was married to Carol, a columnist for the Times-Georgian, and they have three children: Kathy Martin, Anne White, and Scott Martin.


2.1 Linear feet (5 boxes)




The papers of Dr. Talmage "Mac" Martin, a retired Carrollton physician originally from Bowdon, consist of oral history recordings and photographs relating to his two volume work,WWII: Ordinary Heroes. The 87 audio cassettes of oral histories, along with accompanying photographic portraits and veteran's files, provide a detailed picture of the service, emotions, and experiences of World War II veterans from our region.

Arrangement note

Organized by format in four series: 1. Audio Cassettes; 2. Photographs of Interviewees; 3. Files on Veterans; 4. Additions.

Series 1-3 are divided into sub-series by Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both series 2 and 3 also contain an additional subseries for miscellaneous materials.

The alphabetical arrangement series 1-3 reflects the organization of the relevant volume of WWII: Ordinary Heroes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Dr. Talmage Martin on August 8, 2014. Martin donated an addition to this collection on March 2, 2015, and a second addition (housed in Box 2, Folder 1) on January 25, 2018. Another addition was gifted by Anne Martin on January 6, 2019, and arranged into series 4.

Processing Information note

Processed by Candice Larson, 2015 and Jennah MacPherson, January 2020.

Guide to the Martin (Talmage M.) Papers
Finding aid prepared by Written by Candice Larson in 2015.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States