The George Martin Collection contains digitized information from the vertical files of the existing print George W. Martin Collection of Mountaineering Literature housed at Haselwood Library, Olympic College, Bremerton, Washington. It also contains new digital objects such as video interviews.
The George W. Martin Collection of Mountaineering Literature was opened on November 15, 1965, and formally dedicated on April 1, 1966. Jim Whittaker, the first American to summit Mt. Everest, spoke at the dedication. The collection was set up by three Olympic College instructors, Robert Keller who was the chairman of the Martin collection committee, Robert McMahon, and Ruth Jewell. The collection opened with about 600 books and included autographed donations from William O. Douglas, Stewart Udall, Bob and Ira Spring, Jim Whittaker, and members of the American Everest expedition. The print collection now contains about books and periodicals, including. The print collection is open to the public.
George W. Martin was the registrar at Olympic College from 1949 until his retirement in 1966. He started the Outdoor Education Program at the College and was instrumental in forming the Olympic Mountain Rescue after the death in 1948 of Bob Thorson, a Bremerton High School student, from a fall on the Brothers peaks. Disturbed by the senselessness of the accident involving inexperienced, untrained climbers and the inadequacy of the rescue effort, Martin convinced the Olympic College administration for the benefits of offering a mountaineering course. The program started in 1950 with the class and grew to four more classes.
He authored articles for many national magazines and handbooks on camping and compiled several maps of the North Central Cascades and the Olympic Mountains, collaborating with OC graduates and artists Richard A, Pargeter and Frank Dippolito. The digitized collection focuses on items by or about George Martin and about Olympic College's outdoor program.