Martin, James

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James M. Martin was born on March 23, 1943 in Corpus Christi, Texas. In the early 1960s, Martin attended Texas Christian University and received degrees in English and Journalism. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles and attended film school at the University of California at Los Angeles. While living in Los Angeles he was active in anti-war and counterculture movements and earned a living as an editor and contributor to several Los Angeles-based magazines and newspapers. It was during this time that Martin entered into one of his first homosexual relationships.

In the late 1970s, Martin married a woman whom he met while working for the magazine, Coast . The two moved to Vermont where their first son, Alex, was born. The family returned to Texas, where a second son, Zack, was born. Martin then entered law school at Saint Mary's University, San Antonio and subsequently went into private practice. In 1981, Martin and his wife divorced.

Around that time, Martin "underwent a spiritual transformation" and by 1985, founded an occult fraternal order, the Ordo Templi Baphe-Metis, as well as the American Gnostic Church. He participated in a number of other occult organizations. In 1995, he founded the Servants of the Star and Snake as well as the Sahaja Society, which explored tantric, Kundalini and Sahajayana theory and practice. In addition, Martin wrote and published occult periodicals and newsletters, including The Aurea Flamma and The Trident .

As of June 2008, James Martin continues to practice law in Corpus Christi, Texas.

From the guide to the James M. Martin diaries, 1971-1995, (ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.)

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referencedIn Research Triangle Foundation Records, 1955-1999 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Timothy Horsfield Papers, 1684, 1733-1771 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Vol. CCCCXCI (ff. 186). 1706-Sept. 1707.includes:ff. 1-72b Sir Charles Hedges, Secretary of State: Letters, etc., to: 1702-1708.: Partly Fr. and cipher.ff. 3-7b Charles Morley, MD; Commissioner for Sick and Wounded Seamen: Letters to Sir C. Hedg... British Library
referencedIn Papers concerning the Sir Joshua Reynolds estate, 1791-1906 (inclusive), 1791-1799 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn National Archives And Records Administration. Rg 26: U. S. Coast Guard.
referencedIn Vol. CLXXXVI (ff. 257). 7 June-9 July 1824.includes:f. 1 Lancelot Baugh Allen, Southwark Police Magistrate: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1824, 1825.f. 9 George Canning, Prime Minister: Letters to Sir R. Peel: 1815, 1824.f. 11 William Judge ... British Library
referencedIn Vol. CCXLIll (ff. 390). Jan.-July 1837.includes:ff. 1, 205 James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger: Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1825-1843.ff. 4, 33, 95, 259 Charles William Vane, Baron Stewart; formerly Stewart; 3rd Marquess of Londonderry: Corres... British Library
creatorOf James M. Martin diaries, 1971-1995 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Scott Millross Buchanan papers, 1911-1972. Houghton Library.
referencedIn James W. Cortada papers, 1890-2007 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn Collection of Reports and Proposals relating to the Scottish Widows' Fund and Life Assurance Society, 1830-1839 Edinburgh University Library
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referencedIn Papers, 1768-1877. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Terry Sanford Papers, 1926-1996 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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correspondedWith Boutwell, George S. person
associatedWith Buchanan, Scott Millross, 1895-1968 person
correspondedWith Conant, Charles F. person
associatedWith Cortada, James W. person
associatedWith Fairbairn, P; Greig, J; McKean, John; Turner, J. person
associatedWith Fontane, Joseph A. C. person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Horsfield, Timothy, 1708-1773 person
associatedWith Metcalfe, Philip, 1735-1818 person
correspondedWith Morrill, Lot M. person
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correspondedWith Richardson, William A. person
associatedWith Sanford, Terry, 1917-1998 person
correspondedWith Sherman, John person
correspondedWith Stewart, Charles, 1729-1800 person
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
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Norwich, Norfolk
Allonby, Cumberland
St Malo, Ile et Vilaine
Glasgow, Scotland
Cleethorpe, Lincolnshire
Plymouth, Devon
Ireland, Europe
Wednesfield, Staffordshire
Dalkey, Dublin
Glasgow, Scotland
Whitwick, Leicestershire
Thetford, counties Norfolk and Suffolk
India, Asia
Warwickshire, England
Petersfield, Hampshire
Kilmun, Argyllshire
Birmingham, Warwickshire
Kilrush, Clare
Romsey, Hampshire
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