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Finding Aid for the Lealon E. Martin Collection (MUM00286)

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Finding Aid for the Lealon E. Martin Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lealon E. Martin Collection
Dates: 1914; 1930-1980
Creator: Martin, Lealon E.
Physical Extent: 2 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00286
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: The collection chiefly contains writings of editor and science writer Lealon E. Martin.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Received from Mr. and Mrs. Lealon E. Martin, 1993

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, April 2012.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Martin, Lealon E.
Millsaps College -- History
Science writers -- United States
Psychiatry -- Research
Mississippi -- Newspapers


manuscripts for publication

Biographical Note

Lealon E. Martin was born 31 May 1910 in Natchez, Miss. He earned a B.A. from Millsaps College, where he served as editor of the student newspaper, in 1931. Martin taught briefly at Hazlehurst High School before becoming a reporter and assistant editor at the State Tribune newspaper in Jackson, Miss. Martin went on to work for several other publications and the Associated Press. From 1943 until 1948 he served as Assistant Chief of Venereal Disease Technical Services and Education at the Public Health Service in Washington, D.C. Martin worked for the National Heart Institute and the National Institutes of Health in various capacities until his retirement in 1973. Martin published multiple articles on health-related topics and environmental conservation. He authored two books, Conquest of Disease (1961) and Mental Health/Mental Illness: Revolution in Progress (1971).

Scope and Content Note

The collection chiefly contains writings of Lealon E. Martin (including manuscript drafts of novels, stories, and nonfiction works) and related items. Also included are clippings from and issues of newspapers of which Martin was editor.

User Information

Preferred Citation

Lealon E. Martin Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Lealon E. Martin Collection is open for research. Photographs from this collection are stored at an off-site facility. Researchers interested in using this collection's photographs must contact Archives and Special Collections at least two business days in advance of their planned visit.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed from this collection and transferred to cold storage.


This collection is arranged in two series:

Manuscripts and Related Materials

Container List

Manuscripts and Related Materials
1.1 Publication acceptances
1.2 News copies of stories published by the McClure Newspaper Syndicate
1.3 "Andy Jackson Knew"
1.4 "Come Back When You Are Somebody"
1.5 "The Hamburger Man"
1.6 "Handcuffed In Khaki"
1.7 Heart Still Ready
1.8 Hours Of Her Distress
Scope: Novel synopsis and rejection letters
1.9 "Keep It Clean"
1.10 "King Of Batrachia"
Scope: Nonfiction on frogs
1.11 "X...For Miss Barnes"
1.12 "Men In Dirty White Coats"
Scope: Nonfiction on medical research
1.13 "Minton or Kru-si?"
Scope: Radio script
1.14 "Mr. Cannon's Discretion"
1.15 News 1933: Attempt to start a news service
1.16 Novel: Louisiana Epidemic of Viral Pneumonia
1.17 Oliver Pollock novel notes
1.18 Rejection slips for various works
1.19 Science writing book prospectus
1.20 Shrimptown
Scope: Incomplete nonfiction work
1.21 "Take her From the Cradle"
1.22 "Take It Easy Mr. Jones"
1.23 "The Questionable Sign: $"
Scope: Nonfiction
1.24 Two Boys and a War
1.25 "What Your Mind Does To Your Body"
Scope: Unpublished nonfiction
1.26 "You'll See"
1.27 "Washington And Business"
Scope: Nonfiction
1.28 Lavender's Green
1.29 Lavender's Green, continued
1.30 Unpublished autobiography of Martin
1.31 Unpublished autobiography of Martin, continued
1.32 Mental Illness
1.33 Conquest Of Disease
1.34 Victoire sur la Maladie
Scope: French translation
1.35 A Victoria Sobre a Dounce
Scope: Portuguese translation
1.36 The Fish and Oyster Reporter, July 1940
Newspapers and Newspaper Clippings
Scope: Individual articles were all written by Lealon E. Martin.
Bound volume, box 2 The Purple and White, 1930-1931
Scope: Weekly student newspaper of Millsaps College
2.1 Various newspaper clippings, 1914-1980
2.2 "Frogs are noisy, froggers busy." From the Times-Picayune New Orleans States, 18 May 1941
2.3 "Appetite for frogs is growing." From the Toronto Star Weekly, 23 February 1946
2.4 "Bequest to Brides." From the Toronto Star Weekly, 18 May 1946
2.5 "Tsetse curse is beaten." From the Toronto Star Weekly, 25 May 1946
2.6 "Seafood dinners from Arctic?" From the Toronto Star Weekly, 20 July 1946
2.7 "Too Many Sea Lions." From the Toronto Star Weekly, 26 April 1947
2.8 Jackson State Tribune, 27 October 1933
2.9 Jackson State Tribune, 3 November 1933
2.10 Jackson State Tribune, 24 November 1933
2.11 Jackson State Tribune, 8 December 1933
2.12 Jackson State Tribune, 29 December 1933
2.13 Jackson State Tribune, 26 January 1934
2.14 Jackson State Tribune, 2 February 1934
2.15 Jackson State Tribune, 9 February 1934
2.16 Jackson State Tribune, 16 February 1934
2.17 Jackson State Tribune, 2 March 1934
2.18 Jackson State Tribune, 9 March 1934
2.19 Copiah County News, Hazlehurst, Miss., 4 July 1935
2.20 Morgan City Review, Morgan City, La., 30 June 1939
2.21 Newspaper of C.C.C. Company 4428, Camp Mississippi S.C.S., Canton, Miss., March 1936