Guide to the Park H. Martin Papers, 1935-1958 AIS.1971.16

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Park H. Martin Papers
Creator
Martin, Park H.
Collection Number
AIS.1971.16
Date
1935-1958
Extent
1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract
Park H. Martin was the Executive Director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, serving until his retirement in 1958 and the material largely pertains to Martin's work from 1945-1958.

Preferred Citation

Park H. Martin Records, 1935-1958, AIS.1971.16, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Park H. Martin was born in Allegheny County in the borough of Bellevue, the son of David Herron and Angie (Starr) Martin. Following study at Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Park Martin worked for several engineering and industrial firms. A registered professional engineer, he directed his own engineering business for more than twenty years in the Pittsburgh area. In 1933 Park Martin became chief engineer and assistant director, Allegheny County Department of Public Works, and 1935, planning engineer, and later director of the Department of Planning. Until 1946, Park Martin planned and directed many of the major improvements in Allegheny County, including the Greater Pittsburgh Airport and the Penn-Lincoln Parkway.

During World War II Martin served as executive secretary of the Allegheny County Defense Council. In 1945 Martin became executive director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, serving until his retirement in 1958. He also served as director of the Pittsburgh Regional Planning Association from 1952-1957, and was chairman of the Metropolitan Study Commission of Allegheny County in 1952.

Mr. Martin was awarded honorary degrees of doctor of engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology and doctor of law from the University of Pittsburgh. He received the first award for outstanding activities in behalf of the Pittsburgh area given by the Pittsburgh Chapter, American Society of Civil Engineers, and was elected an honorary member of ASCE in 1955. Martin served as the Director of the St. John's Hospital, president of the American Society of Planning Officials, past president of the Pittsburgh Motor Club, president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ASCE, and was a member of the Urban Land Institute of America and the American Planning and Civic Association. He was a trustee of Carnegie Institute of Technology and Carnegie Institute. In 1955 Martin received an outstanding achievement award from the Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild. Park Martin died in 1972.

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Scope and Content Notes

The material largely pertains to Park H. Martin's work as the executive director of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, from 1945-1958. The collection also contains some material of Park H. Martin's activities prior to his career with the ACCD and what he was an engineer with the Allegheny County Planning Commission. The collection contains three series : I. Executive Director, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, II Miscellaneous papers,and III Publications. Additional scope notes are provided at the series level.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, February 1972

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Park H. Martin, December 16, 1971.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by University Archives Staff in February 1972.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Lawrence T. Greene in May 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1408151

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Allegheny Conference on Community Development (Pa.).
  • Allegheny County Planning Commission.

Personal Name(s)

  • Martin, Park H.

Subject(s)

  • Associations
  • City planners -- Pennsylvania -- Allegheny County
  • Personal papers
  • Politics

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Previous Citation

Park H. Martin Records, 1935-1958, AIS.1971.16, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Martin, Park H. Papers, 1935-1958, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Executive Director, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, 1945-1958 

Scope and Content Notes

The first series contains the papers relating to the Allegheny Conference on Community Development(ACCD), to include a history; ACCD's statement of purpose, detailing the organization and operation of the group; Working Committee notes; Minutes of the Executive Committee's January 30, 1945 Special Meeting; ACCD Annual reports 1945-1958 (Martin's period as Executive Director); correspondence from Martin; and Martin's speeches, addresses,and personal notes re: Pittsburgh redevelopment; lists of committees; Correspondence from Econometric Institute to Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh; ACCD research program, studies, reports, and publications; ACCD budget, 1945-1953; newsclippings, and literature.

  BoxFolder
Allegheny Conference on Community Development, History, 1964 11
  Folder
ACCD, Statement of Purpose, Organization, and Operation, 1950 2
  Folder
Working committees, 1944 3
  Folder
Executive committee, minutes 1945 4
  Folder
Report, re: work of the conference 1945 5
  Folder
Annual reports, 1951-1958 6
  Folder
Correspondence, 1958 7
  Folder
Speeches and addresses, 1945-1957 8-12
  BoxFolder
Speeches and addresses, 1958 213
  Folder
Notes and background information, 1949-1958 14
  Folder
Committees, 1946 15
  Folder
Correspondence, 1945 16
  Folder
Research program, undated 17
  Folder
Studies (notes, outline, lists), 1947, 1957 18
  Folder
Reports, bibliography, 1950 19
  Folder
Reports, 1950-1958, undated 20-23
  Folder
Publications, Allegheny Conference Digest, 1950 24
  Folder
Budget, 1945-1953 25
  BoxFolder
ACCD newsclippings, 1946-1963 326-27
  Folder
Literature, 1945-1953 28

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Series  II. Miscellaneous papers, 1935-1939 

Scope and Content Notes

The second series contains material relating to the career of Park H. Martin prior to his association with the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. During this period he was Planning Engineer for the Allegheny County Planning Commission. The series includes Mr. Martin's addresses, 1939-1940; personal notes, 1937; and newsclippings re: Park H. Martin's tenure with the Allegheny County Planning Commission.

  Folder
Addresses, notes, newsclippings, 1939-1945 29-32

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Series  III. Publications, 1943-1968 

Scope and Content Notes

Series three contains publications collected by Martin in reference to Allegheny County development.

  Folder
Publications file, 1945-1953 33-35

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