University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the E. J. Mathews Papers, 1908-1912, 1951, 1959-1961



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mathews, Edward Jackson, 1878-1964
Title: Mathews, E. J., papers
Dates: 1908-1912, 1951, 1959-1961
Abstract: Edward Jackson (E. J.) Mathews (1878-1964) served as Secretary of the Board of Regents and longtime Registrar and Dean of Admissions at the University of Texas. The papers include letters, reports, resolutions, and a blueprint, and relate to activities of the UT Board of Regents, construction of buildings and the power house for the University, resettlement of West Coast Nisei students, and the E. D. Farmer International Scholarship.
Accession No.: 63-011; 88-306
OCLC No.: 965919378
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Edward Jackson Mathews was born on October 21, 1878, in Clopton, Alabama. He and his parents moved to Waller County, Texas early in his life and he graduated from Hempstead High School in 1896. He taught in public schools, served as superintendent of the Salado schools, and worked as a bookkeeper in Waco before entering the University of Texas in 1907. He earned his BA degree in 1910 and MA in 1918. As a student, Mathews served as assistant to the registrar, 1907-1908, and as secretary to the president, 1909-1911.

In 1911, Mathews became registrar of the University of Texas as well as secretary of the UT Board of Regents. He additionally served as assistant dean of the UT College of Arts until 1935 when he became Dean of Admissions. He remained Dean and Registrar until 1949 when he became Dean of Admissions, emeritus, and continued in modified service until his retirement in 1959.

A pivotal figure in UT's acceptance of black and foreign students, Mathews devised a plan for Japanese students in intern camps to go to college at UT and other non-West Coast schools, and additionally served on the E. D. Farmer International Fellowship Committee, which allowed for an exchange of students between Mexico and UT. Every summer he would go to Mexico City and confer with Rosie Stephenson, registrar of the summer school of the National University of Mexico to make sure the courses they set up could be transferred to UT. He also served as consultant and advisor to the Monterrey Institute of Technology, who presented to the University of Texas an oil portrait in 1956 in recognition of Mathews' work. A member of the UT Building Committee, Mathews had a longstanding interest in the construction and operation of the physical plant and power house at the University.

Outside of UT, Mathews served twice as president of the Association of Texas Colleges (later the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities), twice as president of the Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, and as president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars (1914) and of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1926).

E. J. Mathews married Ravenna Wakefield on July 29, 1922 and they had three children. He died on May 31, 1964, and is buried in Austin Memorial Park.

Sources:

"Straw hats and green ink: Remembering E. J. Mathews" by Frances Grimes Yeargin, The Alcalde, Mar-Apr 1996

"Mathews, Edward Jackson," Herschel T. Manuel, Handbook of Texas Online, accessed December 6, 2016.


Scope and Contents

The E. J. Mathews Papers, 1908-1912, 1951, 1959-1961, include letters, reports, resolutions, and a blueprint, and relate to activities of the UT Board of Regents, construction of buildings and the power house for the University, leases and use of University lands, the resettlement of West Coast Nisei students, planning for the Texas Land Exposition of 1911, and the E. D. Farmer International Scholarship.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mathews, Edward Jackson, 1878-1964
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas. Board of Regents.
University of Texas at Austin.
Heine Chimney Company.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also UT Board of Regents Records, 1881-2009


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

E. J. Mathews Papers, 1908-1912, 1951, 1959-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chester Kielman, September 1963.

Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, September 1988, and Jessi Fishman, December 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/C104a Letters, resolutions, Board activities, 1908-1912
Bids for UT power house construction, 1909
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2.325/OD22 Heine Chimney Company blueprint for chimney for UT, 1909
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2N340 "West Coast Nisei Students at Texas University: War Relocation and Resettlement" by E. J. Mathews, Dean of Admissions, Emeritus, 1960-1961
E. D. Farmer International Scholarship - report, application, correspondence, and Board activities regarding, 1959
"Survey of Space Utilization at the University of Texas: Main University, Austin" by E. J. Mathews, Dean of Admissions, Emeritus, April 1951