The James L. Martin Papers document the work of this career lobbyist at the National Governors’ Association (NGA). The papers contain correspondence, memoranda, position papers, background materials, research documents, meeting notes, congressional testimony, and policy statements related to some of the major legislative issues facing the nation during the 1980s and 1990s. The overriding theme in these papers is federalism and the construction of a working and effective relationship between the federal government and the states. This thread weaves itself through such major topics as budget, education, government financing, health care, mandates, regulatory reform, taxation, and welfare reform.

This collection was donated to the Lafayette College Archives by James L. Martin in February 2000. In the fall of 2003 Kristen Turner processed the collection with the assistance of Nicki McElroy and Nangula Shejavali. Processing was made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Access to the papers by qualified researchers is without restriction.  Reproduction and publishing from the collection are allowed, subject to the guidelines of the repository and the laws of copyright.