David B. H. Martin Papers

David B. H. Martin was born in Danbury, Connecticut. He grew up in New York and graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He is noted for his four decade career in federal, state and local government. His “Social Inventions” as he termed them began in 1957 with the Massachusetts Student Loan program. This innovative program, devised on behalf of Massachusetts Governor Christian Herter, might be described as first in the nation and prototype for the state and national student loan programs that followed.

He was the principal author of the Cape Cod National Seashore Act, 1961 on behalf of Massachusetts Senator Leverett Saltonstall.

Recognition and celebration of the Barnstable County Tercentenary (1985) and organization of the Barnstable County Charter Commission and Friends of the Schoolhouse (which saved the historic Barnstable Village Schoolhouse, Route 6A at Mill Way, from demolition) all originated with David B.H. Martin.

He was remembered at a Memorial Service at the Cape Cod National Seashore Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham on October 14, 1995, with Former U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Elliot L. Richardson among those paying tribute to his analytical, spoken and written precision as well as his efforts to strengthen participatory Government.

Box I

  • Biographical
  • Correspondence 1956–1989
  • Mass. Higher Education Assistance Corp, 1956
  • Hampton, Connecticut 1967–1969
  • Administrative Conference of the U.S.: Historical Evolution, 1973
  • Land Transfer Tax, 1983–1984
  • Friends of the Schoolhouse, Purpose 1984
  • Barnstable Schoolhouse, Legal Documents
  • Friends of the Schoolhouse Minutes 1984-1985
  • Tercentenary Commission, Members 1983
  • Tercentenary Commission, Minutes of 1st Meeting, 1983
  • Tercentenary Commission, “Three Centuries of a Cape Cod County”
  • Tercentenary Commission, Minutes 1984–1985
  • Tercentenary Celebration 6/1/1985
  • Barnstable County Charter Commission 1987
  • Barnstable County Charter Commission 1987
  • Barnstable County Charter Commission Minutes 1987
  • Final Report Home Rule Charter Commission 1989
  • Town of Barnstable Government Study 1988
  • Barbara Mayo 1988
  • Open Space Legislation 1989

Box II

  • Assistance Corporation
  • Sandy Neck 1964, 1983
  • Conveyance of Land to CCCC 1983 & 1985
  • Barnstable Schoolhouse
  • Barnstable Schoolhouse, Deeds, Plans, History
  • Friends of Schoolhouse, Legal Papers 1984
  • Tercentenary Commission History
  • Open Space and Historic Preservation 1985