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Freda R. H. Martens Papers


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The Freda R. H. Martens Papers contain reports and papers about her work in higher education in both California and New York.


Martens, Freda R. H.
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0.66 cubic ft. (about 0.66 boxes)  processed to date.

Freda Rose Hannah Barr Martens was born in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia to James Craig and Edith Bartlett- Barr. Martens emigrated to the United States in 1951 and became a naturalized citizen in 1954. Freda Martens received her teaching certification from Bishop Otter College at the University of Reading in 1942 and a diploma in geography from the University of London in 1946. She attended Oxford and later went on to receive an A.B. from Vassar College, and a masters form Columbia University in 1956. In addition, Martens received a doctoral degree form Harvard University in 1966. During the period of 1942-1949 Martens taught at various schools in England. She was the director of the Research Association at the State University of New York at Albany in 1966-1967 and was also in charge of instructional research at Dutchess County Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Martens was a scholar of and advocate for higher education as displayed through her publications.

Freda Martens was involved with educational and political organizations including the Association for Higher Education, League of Women Voters, Democratic Party, and others. She married Richard G. Martens in 1950 and had one daughter, Jessica.

The papers of Freda R. H. Martens include her reports and papers about higher education in California and New York. Her writings are usually about community colleges, but also include the state university system. Her thesis from Harvard University is also included in the collection as is the Final Report on the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education from New York State. This report was not written by Martens.

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The collection is organized alphabetically. There are no series.

All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, before 1999.

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Encoded in EAD by T.J. Treharne, 2014

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Freda R. H. Martens Papers, 1961-1985. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).

Contents of Collection



1 1An Analytical Comparison of the Systems of Higher Education in New York and California, by Freda Martens1962


1 2-4Community College Strategic Planning and Management Control Reform in New York State-An Issue Paper, by Freda Martens1983


1 5"Decision Making for Higher Education in New York State," PhD. Thesis, Harvard University, Freda Martens1966


1 6 Final Report on the Governor's Task Force on Higher Education 1975


2 1The Growth of Higher Education in California, by Freda Martens1961


2 2The Present State of Higher Education in California, by Freda Martens1962


2 3The Present State of Higher Education in New York State, by Freda Martens1961


2 4SUNY Community College Topical Papers, by Freda Martens1985