About the Project

Martin, William McChesney Jr. (1906-1998).

William McChesney Martin Jr. was a child of St. Louis, educated in local elementary and secondary schools. He and his family played an important role in the recent history of this city. His father settled here and made his mark in local financial, banking, and legal circles. His brother, Malcolm Martin, returned to the St. Louis area after his service in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a lawyer with the local firm of Blackwell, Sanders, Peper, Martin LLP and a long-time member of the St. Louis City School Board.

Because of the important role that William McChesney Martin Jr. played in United States economic history and his close connection to this city, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has created this website to provide access to primary source materials that reflect his life of service.

After his death in 1998, Bill Martin's wife, Cynthia Davis Martin, donated his personal papers to the Missouri Historical Society. This collection covers the period of 1931-1986. It consists of 62 boxes; 13 volumes; 4 oversize folders. The papers are representative of the different positions and organizations in which Mr. Martin was involved. They include papers relating to the New York Stock Exchange, 1936-1949; the Federal Reserve Board; the National Geographic Society; minutes of the Rockefeller Center, 1978-1980; The United States Senate Subcommittee of the Committee of Banking and Currency, 1957-1962; Export-Import Bank, 1945-1950; and personal correspondence and diaries, 1945-1949 and 1961-1963.

Many of these papers are work product of private institutions and therefore under copyright restrictions. Thus, most of the materials on this website focus on his personal papers and materials generated during his service in public government institutions. Currently, this project provides access to over 500 documents from the collection in pdf format. Additional materials will be added as permissions are obtained.

The complete collection can be accessed in person at:

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
225 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Telephone: 314-746-4510
Fax: 314-746-4548
Email: archives@mohistory.org

Cite as: William McChesney Martin Jr. Papers, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis.