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W. Allen Martin Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
UA UASC.UA.010

Dates

  • 1975-2010 (Creation)
  • 1989-2001 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 2011-02-15 (Other)

Extents

  • 12.90 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 31 Boxes other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    This collection contains the papers of W. Allen Martin Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Tyler from 1977-2011. Materials found herein range in subject from sociological research to the joint Masters of Science in Social Work program between The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas at Tyler. The primary subject documented in this collection is Martin's work to reform university intellectual property rights policy in connection with distance education. Martin's work in the Texas Association of College Teachers, the  American Association University Professors, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council is well documented and reveals the integral role Martin played in intellectual property reform for the University of Texas System and for universities nationwide.

  • Arrangement

    Documents in this collection are organized thematically. Within each series and sub-series folders are arranged chronologically. Provenance of materials within each folder has been retained but original order of folders has been rearranged in some cases to facilitate subject grouping. The interconnected nature of the materials results in documents in folders which could fit in other series or sub-series in an effort to group folders thematically folders chosen for series and sub-series based on the majority of materials within each folder. Some folder titles have been rewritten to create a standard format. Contents of presentation folders acquired at conferences and workshops were transferred to manila folders, with the folder title describing the event. Oversized materials have been placed in an oversized folder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Sensitive material includes student contact information found in the Master of Science in Social Work Program and European Travels and Correspondence series.

  • Technical Access Requirements

    Collection contains two 3.5" high density floppy disks and two 5.25" floppy disks.

  • Separated Materials

    Oversized materials are noted in folder descriptions. Floppy disks located on the media shelves of the University Archives are noted in folder descriptions.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], in the W. Allen Martin Papers, The University Archives and Special Collections Department, Robert R. Muntz Library, The University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX, USA.

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    William Allen Martin graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1970, in 1971 he received his Masters of Arts from Texas Christian University, and in 1976 his Doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He taught throughout graduate school and worked for Arkansas State University from 1975 to 1977. In  1977 Martin began working at Texas Eastern University, what would become The University of Texas at Tyler, as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. He was the discipline coordinator for sociology (1978-2009), geography, and social work, and developed and gained approval for all the courses in geography and social works, as well as most of the sociology courses. Martin founded the Master of Science in Public Planning and Administration in 1981, and directed it until it became the Master of Public Administration in the mid-1990s. He headed the geography program, teaching World Regional Geography for 12 years and North American Geography for six years. He also created the Office of Sponsored Projects and ran that from 1984-1987. Martin taught at UT Tyler until his retirement in 2011 and was named Professor Emeritus of Sociology. During his time at UT Tyler Martin was active several professional organizations: The Texas Association of College Teachers, The American Association of University Professors, the UT Tyler Faculty Senate, the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council, the American Sociological Association, the Population Association of America, and the Southwestern Sociological Association. Martin served as a manuscript reviewer for soliological journals and publishers. He has many published articles and book reviews, and has given numerous national and regional presentations. Martin served as TACT Chapter president for UT Tyler, state president of the TACT, president of the UT Tyler Faculty Senate (twice, in 1994 and 1999) and UT Tyler Chapter president of the AAUP. Martin also worked to reform intellectual property rights in reference to not only distance education, but all intellectual property. Starting with his summer fellowship at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1991, Martin endevoured to bring distance education issues affecting faculty to the national stage. Beginning in his own backyard he worked with UT System lawyer Georgia Harper to revise the UT System policy on intellectual property allowing for complete ownership of instructor intellectual property. This policy spread throughout the nation and was adopted by a many universities and colleges. Martin gave presentations across the country at AAUP and TACT conferences and workshops and published articles educating his colleagues on the repurcussions of distance education programs at the university level. In addition to teaching and serving in professional organizations Martin worked in the field of Sociology focusing on ethnic minorities and business development and urban communities.  Martin published his textbook The Urban Community in 2004. He is also credited with creating two terms that are widely used, "urbanicity" and "enthnic enclaves". W. Allen Martin worked tirelessly to improve higher education for both students and faculty. In addition to his work with intellectual property rights he was a guardian of faculty tenure and worked to raise Texas public university faculty salaries.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection contains documents collected and produced by W. Allen Martin during his tenure at The Univeristy of Texas at Tyler from 1977-2011. A majority of documents are from Martin's work in the Texas Association of College Teachers and the American Association of University Professors. Martin was also involved with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council, and the University of Texas at Tyler Faculty Senate. In all of these organizations Martin worked to reform university intellectual property rights policy concerning distance education. Documentation of his involvement in these organizations include correspondence and memoranda, drafts of policy statements, presentation papers, and articles for publication, copies of newspaper, journal, and magazine articles, travel expense receipts, financial statements, surveys, and information packets from conferences and workshops. Martin served as a facilitator at UT Tyler. Documentation of his involvement with the Master of Science in Social Work program and the International Summer program is found in the form of correspondence and memoranda, syllabi, drafts of schedules, and lists and applications of students interested in the programs. In connection to the International Summer program there are correspondence from European colleagues in search of employment in the United States and communications in which Martin mentors a doctoral candidate with her dissertation. Documentation of Martin's research into early 1900s demographics of Galveston, Texas, Hawaiian business development, and the East Texas oil boom are all found within. Along with partner Darrel McDonald from Stephen F. Austin Martin used Geographic Information Systems to map demographic information like ethnicity and occupation of early 1900s Galveston neighborhoods. There are thousands of data entries used in the assembly of GIS maps along with legends for codes used in the study and documentation of grants awarded to Martin from UT Tyler and the Summerlee Foundation. In addition there are copies of articles regarding immigration into Galveston and copies of Galveston City Directories. Documentation of the Hawaiian business development and East Texas oil boom studies include copies of articles, lists of courthouse records, and census information. Drafts of presentation papers and reports for all three studies are found within.

  • Processing Information

    Although original order within folders of the collection has been maintained, the folders are grouped thematically and then arranged chronologically. Original folder titles have been rewritten in some cases to standardize title format.

Instances

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    1 oversized folder
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    1.00 Folders
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    1-11
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    11.00 Boxes
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    12-31
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    19.00 Boxes
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    Floppy disks, CD-Rom
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    1.00 Boxes
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    Oversized folder
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    1.00 Folders

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