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Special Collections Houses Paul S. Martin Papers

Date: September 20, 2010

Contact: Chrystal Carpenter


Paul S. Martin, the University of Arizona geoscientist who developed the idea that overhunting drove North America's large Ice Age mammals to extinction, died Sept. 13 at his home in Tucson, Ariz. He was 82.

The University Libraries’ Special Collections is home to his papers from 1910 to 2006, the bulk of which range from 1963 and encompass his tenure at UA, beginning as a research associate in the Geochronology Laboratories in 1957, through his retirement from the University as an emeritus professor of geosciences in 1989.

The collection contains Martin’s professional correspondence, research and publication files, as well as material relating to the Tumamoc Hill Desert Laboratory, where he worked and conducted research for more than 50 years. Rounding out the collection are nine scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about ecological, social and political issues collected by Martin from 1951-1970.

For more information regarding the collection, visit Special Collections. For related coverage of Paul Martin’s work visit UANews.