The Peter Martin collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, professional material, printed material, memorabilia, and other material.
Mansucripts by Martin in the collection include drafts of his novels Sayonara, Sweet Amaryllis (Secker and Warburg, 1983); Death of a Daimyo (Secker and Warburg, 1984); The Death Ceremony (Secker and Warburg, 1985); Flight 27 Will Be Delayed (published in Japanese; Kobunsha Bunko); Go Gently, Gaijin (Secker and Warburg, 1986); The Imperial Way (Deutsch, 1986); The Reluctant Ronin (Scribners, 1988); A Haiku for Hanae (Headline, 1989); Kimono for a Corpse (Secker and Warburg, 1989); The Bogus Buddha (Headline, 1990); A Tarnished Phoenix (Barrie and Jenkins, 1990); Miss Seeton, By Appointment (Berkley, 1990); Advantage, Miss Seeton (Berkley, 1990); Miss Seeton at the Helm (Berkley, 1990); The Body Wore Brocade (Scribners, 1992); Diplomatic Baggage (Severn House, 1994); The Marzipan Foundation (unpublished); as well as the non-fiction books Modern Japan, My Friends the Japanese, and The Chrysanthemum Throne (University of Hawaii, 1997).
Other manuscripts by Martin include short stories; an outline for “The Tempura Book”; the foreword to William Campbell Gault’s The Blood Stained Bohkara (Chivers Press, 1989); a play for radio titled “The Vetting”; articles; essays; lecture notes; speeches; an unpublished autobiographical fragment (1976); and other items.
The collection also includes the original Japanese titles for The Body Wore Brocade, The Reluctant Ronin, and A Tarnished Phoenix, written in calligraphy by Mie Kimata.
Correspondence in the collection includes letters to Martin from other writers; professional correspondence; fan mail; and letters regarding various subjects, including: Martin's appointment at International Christian University (1982-1983); the International Association of Crime Writers (1992); the "Miss Seton" series; the Boucheron Society; Modern Japan; the World Shakespeare Congress in Tokyo (1991); Mystery Writers of America, Inc.; and other topics. The letters date from 1977 to 2000. Notable correspondents include Hugh Cartazzi, Frederick Forsyth, Antonia Fraser, H. R. F. Keating, Peter Lovesy, Jessica Mann, Roger Munting, Julian Symons, Janwillem Van De Wetering, and Margaret Yorke.
Professional material includes diplomatic documents; speaking programs; lectures; a syllabus; and itineraries for Martin (1984-1990).
Printed material in the collection includes book reviews written by Martin; reviews and publicity regarding various novels and books by Martin (1979-1988), including items in French, Dutch and Japanese; research material, mostly related to Japan and China; and short pieces by Martin in various publications.
Memorabilia in the collection includes Martin's honorary membership in the Japan Society of British Philosophy (1983); a plaque from the British Council in Tokyo, Japan (1983); and a diploma making Martin a Fellow of the Royal Society (1989).
Other material in the collection includes a color photograph of the fugu fish, reproduced on the cover of Sayonara, Sweet Amaryllis; two passports; a photocopy of the printed short story "Pool Side" by Haruki Murakami (filed with the professional correspondence); photographs; and five audio cassettes of Martin reading A Haiku for Hanae.