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Clementine Martin papers

Call Number: RH MS 632


Clementine Martin (1910-1995), was an active resident of Topeka, Kansas, serving the Topeka and broader Northeast Kansas communities for many years. Her community service included the Kansas Association of Colored Womens Clubs, Ne Plus Ultra Literary Club, and many other organizations. Martin's papers consist of the records of clubs and other organizations with which she was involved, including the Kansas Association of Colored Women's Clubs, and personal papers.


  • 1918 - 2007


Biography of Clementine Martin

Clementine Prim Martin was born Sept 7, 1910 at Newton, Kansas. A longtime resident of Topeka, Kansas, Martin was active member of the community. She was involved with the Kansas Association of Colored Women's Clubs, having held the office of President, as well as the Ne Plus Ultra Literary Club, and other community and civil rights organizations throughout the Northeast Kansas region. Martin was a professional cook and caterer, who worked in the Kansas Governor's Mansion during the Docking administration. Martin's legacy has been remembered by the Topeka community through the Clementine "Prim" Martin community service award, given annually.

Martin married Eugene "Billy" Martin on August 25, 1939. Eugene Martin worked as a Radio Patrolman in the police force before beginning two years of serive in the United States Navy Radio Patrol. Together they had a daughter, Eva Martin-Blythe. Clementine Martin died on July 14, 1995.


6 Linear Feet (12 boxes, 3 oversize boxes, 13 audio cassette tapes)

Scope and Contents

The Clementine Martin collection is divided into six series: Kansas Association of Colored Womens Clubs (KACWC), Organizations, Personal Papers, Audio Cassette Recordings, Newsletters and Newspaper Clippings, and Photographs. The Kansas Association of Colored Womens Clubs series includes club records, financial records, minutes, announcements and other assorted materials from the 1950s-1990s. The Organizations series includes announcements, correspondence and assorted material from various community and civil rights organizations, 1920s-1990s. The Personal Papers series is comprised of Martin's day planners, correspondence, clippings and miscellaneous material, 1920s-1990s. The Audio cassette recordings Series includes tape recordings of executive board meetings, most likely of the KACWC, during the 1980s. Newsletters and Newspaper Clippings consists primarily of a collection of local and regional publications of interest, dating from the late 1960s through the 1980s; a small group of photographs (9 folders) depicting diverse subjects makes up the final series.

Physical Location

RH MS 632

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RH MS 1251

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RH MS-P 632

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RH Cass. Tape 23

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RH Cass. Tape 55

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RH MS Q122

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RH MS Q350

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RH MS R317

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RH MS 1372

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RH MS-P 1372

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RH MS Q405

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RH MS-P 1372(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Eva Martin Blythe, 1995, 2010, 2014.

Separated Materials

Issues of the Topeka Ebony Times included in this collection have been catalogued separately at RH Ser G1.



Guide to the Clementine Martin Collection
Clementine Martin papers
Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006; revised by mbw, 2010, 2012; revised by awo, 2015.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Clementine Martin Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 632, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States