Frederick Albert Matsen Papers
An Inventory to the Collection
Frederick Albert (Al) Matsen was born in Racine, Wisconsin July 26, 1913 to Danish Immigrant parents Frederick Albert, Sr. and Karen Madsen. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in 1937, he was the first member of his family to obtain a college degree. He went on to complete his doctorate in Physics and Chemistry from Princeton University and joined the staff at the University of Texas at Austin in 1943 where he remained as a professor and researcher for over 50 years. During this time, he published over 250 research articles and authored six books. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1950 and a National Science Foundation Fellowship to the Poincare Institute in Paris, France. Matsen is perhaps best known within the UT community for leading the effort to establish UT's first computer center in Welch Hall in 1950 and for developing a unique honors undergraduate class in quantum chemistry that he taught for more than 40 years. Matsen personally endowed two graduate fellowships in Theoretical Chemistry and Physics at UT. In 1988, the first Regent's endowed Presidential Fellowship in Theoretical Chemistry was established by the University in his honor.
The collection is comprised primarily of new clippings (1951, undated))and photographs (1953-1957, undated) that document Al Matsen's professional career as a college professor and researcher. Other documents (1938, 1951, 1969, 1998, 2006-2009, undated)include correspondence related to his Regent's endowment, obituaries for Matsen and his wife, Cecelia Kirkegaard, a marriage certificate and a deed chronology of his residence located at 1800 San Gabriel St. There are also several photographs of the residence and it's construction (1951-2010, undated). Many of the photographs and some printed items are available digitally on the CD located in the photographs series.
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Donated by Phoebe Allen on behalf of Megan Matsen Meisenbach.
Frederick Albert Matsen Papers (AR.2010.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2010/014
Donation Date: 2010
Finding aid created and encoded by Susan Rittereiser/2010.
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