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 very successful.
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.
The 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 collection.
The 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.
The 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.