A Guide to the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Use of audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.
Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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