University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mathews, Claude A.
Title: Mathews, Claude A., Collection
Dates: [ca. 1925]-1983
Abstract: Consisting of video and audiocassette tapes, production log books, correspondence, and other printed materials, the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, documents Mathews’s research for his Master’s thesis, Singin’ the Yodeling Blues.
Extent: ca. 12 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A graduate student in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin from 1981 through 1984, Claude Anthony Mathews created a video documentary for his Master’s thesis entitled, Singin’ the Yodeling Blues, which illustrates the musical interests of Kenneth Threadgill and his friendships with Texas musicians who performed at Threadgills, his restaurant and music club in Austin. Musicians featured in the documentary include Jimmie Rodgers, Kenneth Threadgill, Bill Neely, Mance Lipscomb, and Janis Joplin. The documentary also mentions Powell St. John and Julie Paul, two Austin folk singers who performed with Janis Joplin in her first appearances at Threadgills in the early 1960s.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of video and audiocassette tapes, production logbooks, correspondence, and other printed materials, the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, documents Mathews’s research for his Master’s thesis, Singin’ the Yodeling Blues. In addition to the complete 30-minute documentary, the collection contains video production cassettes of interviews with Kenneth Threadgill, Powell St. John, and Julie Paul, as well as some Janis Joplin concert sequences. Additionally, the collection includes production logbooks, a photocopy of Mathews’s thesis report to the Radio-Television-Film department, the final narration script for the documentary, correspondence, and photographic materials relating to the creation and production of the film.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mathews, Claude A. -- Archives
Threadgill, Kenneth
St. John, Powell
Paul, Julie
Neely, Bill
Joplin, Janis
Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976
Rodgers, Jimmie, 1897-1933
Subjects (Organizations)
Threadgill's (Restaurant : Austin, Tex.)
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of Radio-Television-Film
Subjects
Documentary films -- Texas -- Austin -- 20th century
Music -- Texas -- Austin -- 20th century
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Wheat, March 1984.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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Sound archives Video and audiocassette tapes, correspondence, printed material, ca. 1925-1983