Jane Martin (1931-2020) graduated from Bryn Mawr College with two degrees in History, an A.B. in 1953 and an M.A. in 1958. She then earned a Ph.D. in African History from Boston University in 1968, focusing her research on the Glebo people of Eastern Liberia. She taught African History at the University of Calabar in Nigeria and the University of Liberia in the 1970s. In 1984, she returned to Liberia to work as the Executive Director of the United States Educational and Cultural Foundation in Liberia (USECF/L), a position she held until 1989. After her retirement in 1997, she continued her work promoting binationalism between the United States and Liberia. While she worked and traveled in Africa, she collected a wide variety of art and cultural objects, most of which were donated to the College. The Jane Martin Collection in the Art & Artifacts Collections consists of 138 objects, ranging from masks, Ashanti goldweights, baby carriers, and toys made from recycled flip-flops. Jane’s donation marked an opportunity for a significant joint acquisition across Art & Artifacts and the College Archives. The Jane Martin Papers include her field
notes, archival research, photographs, sound recordings, lesson plans, timesheets, artist biographies, handwritten catalogue cards, and personal and professional correspondences. The Jane Martin Papers provide a rich history of her academic and humanitarian work, while adding context for some of the objects in her collection.