Interview with James W. Martin, March 11, 1981

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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In this interview with James W. Martin, former director of the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Kentucky, Martin discusses his work with the federal and state government during the 1950s. He begins by talking about his work with the Census Bureau, and discusses their methods for gathering data. He talks about the atmosphere at the University of Kentucky and elsewhere in the country during the McCarthy era, including discussion of two UK professors who often voiced their opinions. He talks about the work being published by the Bureau of Business Research during the fifties, and why he felt pressured by the university to accept an offer to consult in Turkey.

Martin talks about the valuation of public service corporations, focusing mainly on railroads. He discusses the difficulty of measuring earnings, cost, and value, and talks about why different methods provide different results. He discusses his involvement with the administration of a gasoline tax.

Martin talks about his relationship with politicians, including Governor Lawrence Wetherby and Governor Happy Chandler. He talks about attempting to remain apolitical in his work, and discusses feeling pressured by University of Kentucky president Herman Donovan to join Chandler's administration.

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1981oh031_af125

Interviewee Name

James W. Martin

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1981-03-11

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Martin, James W. Interview by William J. Marshall. 11 Mar. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Martin, J.W. (1981, March 11). Interview by W. J. Marshall. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Martin, James W., interview by William J. Marshall. March 11, 1981, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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