Local photographer I.A. Martin began
his business in 1895. Later, the tradition continued when his son, Caroll Martin,
began learning the trade in 1936. Carroll opened his own studio in 1940 and was
In 1982, the I.A. and Carroll Martin Photo Collection was established at
Iberia Parish Library through the dedicated efforts of Dionne Landry, a cousin
of Carroll Martin, Louise Cousin, Eleanor Holleman and Lanier Simons.
current copyrighted collection spans a period of 90 years – 1895 to 1981. The
collection consists of prints, negatives, glass plate negatives, vintage cameras
and camera equipment and is overseen by curator, Elaine L. Griffin. Over 16,000
prints and negatives including 84 glass negatives have been cataloged to date
with more than 100 boxes of negatives still being added to the digital
Martin collection beautifully illustrates the artistic and historic value of the
city and the surrounding area. The
collection serves many purposes. Individuals come in looking for photographs of
family members or family business places. Many business places also display
prints from the collection at their locations. Other business owners search for
photographs of their buildings in order to restore them to their original
appearance. It is also a great source for people conducting research.
Martin Collection is dependent on donations and memorials for the preservation
and upkeep of the collection. You can be a part of preserving history for the
next generations. Just ask us how by calling 364-7150.