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Personal papers of Roger Martin

Call Number: PP 588


This collection includes correspondence, commentaries, articles, project ideas, courses, and seminars on writing from Roger Martin's career with the University of Kansas, mostly during 1980-2005. The collection also includes some compact discs and audio cassette tapes of radio programs Martin wrote and hosted on the University of Kansas radio station KANU.


  • Creation: 1980-2015 (bulk 1983-2005)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Roger Martin (1946-2022)

Roger Paul Martin, born in 1946 and the son of Esther and Arthur Martin, graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) in the 1970s. He later had a 25-year career as a research reporter/writer/editor at the University of Kansas until approximately 2005, although he continued his work in other media for about 10 more years.

Martin served as the communications director for the Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Public Service at KU. He specialized in writing articles and media on research being conducted at the University of Kansas. The audience for his articles and media were non-scientists, i.e., the general public.

Martin taught classes, workshops, and seminars on writing and writing about science. Among other things, he was the editor for Explore magazine, a publication highlighting the research work at the University of Kansas. In 1995, the magazine evolved into a webzine on the internet. Martin was also a commentator for the University of Kansas' public radio station, KANU-FM, airing a bi-weekly segment on science topics.

Roger Paul Martin married Barbara Yoder. He passed away on August 26, 2022.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes + 28 cds, 12 cassette tapes )

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 588

Physical Location


Physical Location


Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Roger Martin, 2016.

Guide to the Roger Martin Collection
Personal papers of Roger Martin
Finding aid prepared by lmw, 2016. Finding aid encoded by lmw, 2016. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Roger Martin Collection, PP 588, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

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

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