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L. Jacot Martin Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: L. Jacot Martin Papers
Identification: MS437
Date: ca. 1925-1930
Size/Quantity: 0.4 linear feet (one full-size document case containing sixteen folders)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Martin, L. Jacot, (Louis Jacot), 1905-1990
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Athletic ephemera, newspapers, and game programs belonging to Louis Jacot Martin, a 1929 graduate of Georgia Tech, and later an assistant coach for the Golden Tornado (now Yellow Jacket) football team.

Biographical/Historical Note

Louis Jacot Martin (1905-1990) graduated from the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology in 1929 and spent most of his life in Sheffield, Alabama.

Martin was born on July 21, 1905 in Sheffield, the son of William H. Martin and Aline Jacot Martin. He attended high school at Georgia Military Academy and entered the Georgia School of Technology as a freshman in 1925. He played guard on the Freshman, and later, the Varsity, football teams, where his nickname was "Firpo." At Georgia Tech, Martin majored in General Science, and was a member of the Anak and Koseme societies, Cotillion Club, Interfraternity Council, and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He was also a member of the 1928 National Championship team coached by William A. Alexander. After graduating in 1929, Martin stayed with Georgia Tech as an assistant coach for the football team for one year.

Later, Louis Jacot Martin moved back to Sheffield, where he opened a supply sales company called Martin Supply Company. He owned Martin Supply Company and lived in Sheffield until he died on April 6, 1990. Martin's grandson, Louis Jacot Martin II, is also a Tech alumnus, having graduated in 1977.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of newspaper articles, game programs, menus, magazines, and other ephemera collected by Louis Jacot "Firpo" Martin during his tenure as a guard, and later a coach, on the Georgia Tech "Golden Tornado" football team.

Many of the news articles discuss the rivalry between Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, and their football contests from 1925 to 1930. Also included is a menu detailing the food the team was served on a train ride from Atlanta to New York to play a game against the Pennsylvania State College (now University) at Yankee Stadium in 1925, as well as a commemorative book dedicated to Coach William A. Alexander celebrating the Golden Tornado's 1928 National Championship season. An undated football playbook is also included, detailing many of the plays the team ran in the 1920s.


Folders are arranged chronologically.

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. Class of 1929.
Georgia Institute of Technology. History.
Georgia School of Technology. Football.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Football team).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Louis Jacot Martin Papers (MS437), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Donation, 2002; accession number 2002.104.

Processing Information

Lindsay Resnick and Christine de Catanzaro processed this collection in June 2012.


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Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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11Georgia Tech football yearbook, 1925
12The Emory University Toreador: Little Commencement Number, April 1925
13Georgia Tech vs. Penn State train program, October 8-10, 1925
14The Technique, November 27, 1925
15Georgia Tech football playbook, ca. 1926-1928
16Georgia Tech Alumnus, December 1927
17The Atlanta Constitution, December 3, 1927
18The Atlanta Georgian, December 3, 1927
19The Atlanta Journal, December 3, 1927
110The Atlanta Constitution, December 4, 1927
111Hearst's Sunday American, December 4, 1927
112Birmingham News Age-Herald, December 16, 1928
113"Georgia Tech's Golden Tornado: Champions 1928" book, 1929
114Georgia Tech Alumnus, May 1930
115The Technique, October 3, 1930
116The Atlanta Journal, October 20, 1930