William B. Matthews Papers
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William B. Matthews Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Matthews, W. B., (William B.)
Title: William B. Matthews Papers
Dates: 1899-1925
Quantity: 1.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of the papers of William B. Matthews from 1899-1925. Includes primarily correspondence, printed materials, ephemera, and photographs. The papers document Matthew's career in education; his involvement in the National Negro Business League, the Knights of Pythias, the First Congregational Church (Atlanta, Ga.), and Atlanta University. The collection also includes over 70 photographs and tintypes dating from the turn of the century.
Identification: aarl89-011

Biographical/Historical Note

William B. Matthews was born in Atlanta during the mid-1800's. In 1896, he married Josephine Ophelia Beale, who at the time, was an accomplished teacher. They later had a daughter, Florida Louise.

Matthews' career began at the Houston Street School in Atlanta, where he served as Principal for 20 years. In 1910, he became State Agent for the North Carolina Insurance Company and two years later, became Principal with Central Colored High School in Louisville, KY. While there, he administered a faculty of 33 teachers and more than 900 students.

In addition, Matthews was a member of the First Congregational Church in Atlanta, Grand Auditor for the Knights of Pythias masonic lodge, a trustee with Atlanta University and Proprietor of the Negro Business Directory and Advertising Agency.


Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of a number of items pertaining to former educator William B. Matthews. Some of these are: personal papers, family letters, documents generated by the Knights of Pythias masonic lodge and correspondence received from Booker T. Washington. In addition, a 1922 annual from Central Colored High School and more than 70 photographs and - tintypes, which date back to the early 1900's, are included in the collection, as well.


Arrangement

Arranged by record type.


Index Terms

African American Congregationalists--Georgia.
African American teachers--Southern States.
African American universities and colleges--Georgia.
Atlanta (Ga.)
Atlanta University.
College trustees--Georgia.
Education--Southern States.
First Congregational Church (Atlanta, Ga.).
Knights of Pythias.
Men--Societies and clubs.
National Negro Business League (U.S.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, series, William B. Matthews papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

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11Biographical Items on William B. Matthews View online.
Essay (author unknown and missing first page)
 
2Personal Letters, 1905 1906 View online.
Letter addressed to My Dear Bill from Lige, September 24, 1906
Letter addressed to Friend Matthews from R.R. Wright, no dates listed
Letter addressed to Friend from Elvy Houston, December 25, 1905
 
3Various Letters, 1905-1908 View online.
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from R. M. King, January 20, 1905
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from Jamie E. Thehard, November 11, 1905
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from E.W. Simmons, March 3, 1906
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from J.D. Dalton, January 14, 1908
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from Tomas Young, March 12, 1906
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from R.W. Whitehead, no dates listed
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from A. Styles, May 25, 1906
Letter addressed to Mr. Matthews from Chas F. Bullard, October 11, 1905
Letter addressed to Sir from H.A. Rucker and William Oscar Murphy, May 13, 1906
 
4Various Letters, 1902 1909 1917 View online.
Letter addressed to My Dear Sir from Fred W. Carpenter, July 6, 1909
Letter addressed to Sir from William Warley, January 26, 1917
Letter addressed to Sir from Harriet E. Giles, June 11, 1902
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from J. Garland Perry, no dates listed
 
5Various Letters and Telegraphs, 1905-1920 View online.
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from J.C. Styles, July 6, 1905
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from D.J. Jordan Prine, February 6, 1906
Letter addressed to Principal W.B. Matthews from G.S. Dickerman, January 9, 1908
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from Pen Heard, July 7, 1902
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from Lee Oneal, September 17, 1911
Letter addressed to W.B. Matthews from R. M. Clayton, November 29, 1905
Letter addressed to Louise from Eunice, August 10 (year not listed)
Letter addressed to Harmon E. Perry from W.B. Matthews, May 21, 1920
Letter addressed to Dr. J.E. Shepard from W.B. Matthews, July 22, 1905
Telegraph sent to W.B. Matthews from J.E. Shepard, no dates listed
Telegraph sent to G.M. Howell and Professor G.M. Matthews from Booker T. Washington, no dates listed
 
6Financial Letters and Correspondence, 1897 1899 1906 View online.
Letter addressed to Matthews from Henry Thomas and L.G. Harris, July 8, 1899
Correspondence to Matthews from L.S. Clarke, July 2, 1897
Correspondence to Matthews from Gresham Ashford Shoe Company, October 5, 1906
Correspondence to Matthews form The Literary Digest, March 1906
Correspondence to Matthews from the Tax Receiver's Office of Fulton County, June 1, 1906
Correspondence to Matthews from Mutual Reserve Life Insurance Co., November 1, 1906
Correspondence to Matthews from Mutual Reserve Life Insurance Co., September 15, 1906
Correspondence to Matthews from United Educational Co., January 21, 1906
 
7Financial Receipts ((22 items)) View online.
 
8Contracts and Agreements ((four items)) View online.
 
9Insurance Policies, 1902 1911 View online.
Kendrick and Stokes Insurance Co, February 7, 1902 and March 11, 1902
Endowment. Policy of the Bureau of Endowment, February 9, 1911
 
10Reports, 1908 View online.
Negro Colleges In Atlanta, Georgia, 1908
(written by Reverend Horace Brumstead)
 
11Letters from the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 1905-1906 View online.
Letter addressed to Matthews from the Assistant Superintendent, February 7, 1906
Letter addressed to the Principal of Schools from W.F. Slaton, October 19, 1905
Letter addressed to the Principal of Schools from W.F. Slaton, no dates listed
Letter addressed to Matthews from W.F. Slaton, February 16, 1906
Letter addressed to Matthews from W.F. Slaton, March 22, 1906
Letter addressed to Matthews from W.F. Slaton, November 13, 1905
Letter addressed to Matthews from W.F. Slaton, November 13, 1905
Letter addressed to Matthews from L.A. Landrum, October 9, 1905
Letter addressed to the Principal from E.E. Utterback, September 5, 1905
 
12Correspondence from Peyton Allen, 1903-1906 View online.
Various letters addressed to William Matthews, circa: 1903-1906
Letter addressed to Mrs. Matthews, September 6, 1906
 
13Letters and Correspondence Pertaining to Ophelia Matthews (William Matthews' wife), 1905 1908 1917 1925 View online.
Letter addressed to My Dear Will from Ophelia Matthews, June 23, 1905
Letter addressed to My Dear Will from Ophelia Matthews, June 18, 1908
Letter addressed to My Dear Will from Your wife, June 17, 1905
Letter addressed to My Dear Will from Your devoted wife Wednesday night, (no dates listed)
Letter addressed to My Dear Mrs. Matthews from Clara T. Maxwell, (no dates listed)
Letter addressed to Mrs. Matthews from Reverend Henry H. Proctor, (no dates listed)
Letter addressed to My Dear Ophelia from Mary Lou, August 10, 1925
Letter addressed to My Dear Mrs. Matthews from L. B. Palmer, February 20, 1917
Letter addressed to Madame from M.M. Reid, February 19, 1917
Letter addressed to My Dear, Dear Ophelia from India, February 18, 1917
Letter addressed to My Dear Mamma from Your daughter, April 28, 1917
 
14Mrs. Matthews' Certificate View online.
Certificate of Honor For Best Teacher Contest
 
15Letters Pertaining to Mrs. Belle Beale, 1892 1905/1906 View online.
Letter to Son from I.B. Beale, February 1, 1906
Letter to Son from I.B. Beale, November 7, 1905
Letter to My Dear Son from I.B. Beale, November 15, 1905
Letter to Will from I.B. Beale, December 12, 1905
Letter to Mrs. Belle Beale from John F. Woodside, November 3, 1905
Letter to Mrs. Belle Beale from John F. Woodside, December 9, 1905
Letter to Mrs. Belle Beale from Ella E. Roper, May 1892
 
16Letters Pertaining to the Knights of Pythias (A Masonic Lodge), 1906 1911-1915 View online.
Letters addressed to William Matthews from the Office of G.R. Hutto, Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias, circa: 1911-1915
Letter addressed to Sir from B.J. Davis and W.B. Matthews, December 29, 1911
Letter addressed to Brother Mathis from B. W. Warren, August 8, 1912
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from T.B. Knowlly and T.H. Slater, March 12, 1906
Letter addressed to Household and Lodges, Fulton County from B.J. Davis, September 9, 1912
 
17Various Items Pertaining to the Knights of Pythias ( A Masonic Lodge), 1912 n.d. View online.
Monthly Dues cards
Application for Change of Certification
Envelope and check receipt addressed to W. B. Matthews, August 5, 1912
Davis Endorsement Law, which includes by-laws and regulations of D.G.L. No. 18, G.U.O.O.F. Jurisdiction of Georgia
Proclamation No. 5, Office of the Grand Chancellor of the Grand Lodge K. of P….
Financial Statement of the Supreme Chancellor of The Knights of Pythias of North. America.
South American, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia....
Drawing of the Colored Pythian Temple in Macon, Ga.
 
18Letters Pertaining To Religious Organizations, 1899 1905-1926 with gaps View online.
Letter addressed to W.B. Matthews from Mary L. Gaines, Private Secretary of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, January 16, 1899
Letter addressed to Mr. Matthews form Reverend L.A. Townsby of Saint Paul A.M.E. Church, June 5, 1905
Letter addressed to S.S. Morris from W.B. Matthews, March 9,1906
Letter addressed to W.B. Matthews from J.E. Sheppard of Grace Presbyterian Church, November 19, 1905
Letter addressed to Mrs. Green from H.S. Sheppard of Grace Presbyterian Church, March 29, 1926
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from B.G. Brawley of Atlanta Baptist College, March 22, 1906
Letter addressed to J.E. Shepherd from George Sale, President of Atlanta Baptist College, November 10, 1905
Letter to Professor Matthews from Reverend N. N. Nealy, Pastor of the Adams Street Colored Baptist Church and Trustee of Selma, University and teacher of the Ministers' District School, April 27, 1906
Letter addressed to My Dear, Dear Will from a member of The Second Episcopal District Of The African Methodist Episcopal Church, no dates listed
Letter addressed to Professor B. Matthews from Reverend E.P. Johnson of The Reed Street Baptist Church, September 18, 1911
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from S.S. Morris, March 5, 1906
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from William J. Trent, Secretary of The Young Men's Christian Association, December 7, 1915
 
19Constitution and By-Laws of First Congregational Church, 1900 View online.
Constitution and By-Laws booklet; February 7, 1900 (adoption date)
 
20First Congregational Church Letters, 1902 1905 1912 View online.
Letter addressed to the Georgia Jewelry Company from Henry H. Proctor, September 3, 1905
Letter addressed to Reverends H.H. Proctor and R.T. Weatherban, November 13, 1905
Letter addressed to My Dear Mr. Matthews from H.H. Proctor, May 18 (no year listed)
Letter addressed to My Dear Christian from H.H. Proctor, March 25, 1912
Letter addressed to Brother Matthews from H.H. Proctor, August 25,1902
 
21First Congregational Church Programs, 1915 1917 1955 View online.
Twentieth Anniversary Invitation
First Congregational Church Weekly Calendar
Program inviting individuals to attend the Jubilee Exercises, May 20-27, 1917
Sunday Church Services Agendas (two copies)
Program, "A Grand Resurrection Celebration", April 6, 1915.
Funeral Services For Mrs. Nellie Cooke Hamilton, July 7, 1955
 
22Correspondence Received By Matthews from the International Sunday School Association in, 1905 View online.
Various letters and envelopes received throughout 1905
 
23Correspondence Received By Matthews from the International Sunday School Association in, 1906 View online.
Various letters and envelopes received throughout 1906
 
24Letters, Notes and Membership Coupon Pertaining to The Young People's Christian and Educational Congress, 1902 1908 View online.
Letter addressed to the Mayor of Atlanta from J. W. Ball, August 5, 1908
Letter addressed to Professor Garland Penn from W.B. Matthews, July 31, 1908
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from Professor I. Garland Penn, July 15, 1902
Letter addressed to B.J. Brooks from W.B. Matthews, July 12, 1902
Letter addressed to My Dear Friend from I. Garland Penn and J.W.E. Bowen, July 31, 1902
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews I. Garland Penn, June 5, 1902
Various notes
Membership Coupon
 
25Big Bethel A.M.E. Programs, 1906 View online.
"Emancipation Day," January 1, 1906
 
26Laymen's Missionary Movement Programs, 1916 View online.
"Laymen's Missionary Movement"; October 22-25, 1916
 
27Various Items Pertaining to the National Negro Business League, 1906 1913 1915 View online.
Letter addressed to W.B. Matthews from Booker T. Washington, September 3, 1906
Bulletin of the National League on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, June 1915
Philadelphia Negro Business League Announcing The 14 Annual Convention, August 20-23,1913
 
28By-Laws of the Trustees of Atlanta University, 1867 1888 1907 View online.
By-Laws; 1867, 1888 and 1907 (adoption dates)
 
29Atlanta University Reports and Minutes, 1905-1906 1909 1924 1926 View online.
President's Report, July 5, 1910
Report on the Trustees of Atlanta University, May 25, 1909
Report of the Committee on Alumni Fund, 1905-1906
Annual Report to the Trustees of Atlanta University, April 25, 1924
Minutes of a "special meeting" of the Board of Trustees of Atlanta University, April 24, 1926
 
30Atlanta University Notes View online.
"Synopsis of A.U., Incorporated"
 
31Atlanta University's Board of Trustees Letters, [1906-1926 with gaps] View online.
Annual meeting call letters, 1908
Annual meeting call letters, 1909
Annual meeting call letters, 1911
Annual meeting call letter, 1917
Letter addressed to the Finance committee from M.W. Adams, December 29, 1911
Letter addressed to Dr. J.E. Shepard from M.W. Adams, November 15, 1906
Letter addressed to Our Dear Campaign Leaders form John P. Whittaker, December 30, 1926
Letter addressed to Our Graduates and Friends from M.W. Adams, December 21, 1926
 
32Atlanta University Correspondence, 1916 View online.
Atlanta University addressed to Mrs. William. B. Matthews from Atlanta University; December 22, 1916
 
33Atlanta University Financial Statements, 1910-1911 1918-1919 View online.
Financial Statements; 1918-1919 and 1910-1911
 

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234Clark University Letters, 1906 View online.
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from W.H. Crogman; September 22, 1906
 
35Morris Brown College Letters, 1906 View online.
Letter addressed to the Principal from J.S. Flipper, President; January 5, 1906
 
36Georgia State Industrial College Letters, 1896 View online.

Letter addressed to Friend W.B. Matthews from R.R Wright, President, February 29, 1896
Letter addressed to My Dear Matthews from RR. Wright, February 7, 1896
 
37Fort Valley High and Industrial School Letters, 1904-1906 View online.

Letter addressed to Friend from H.A. Hunt, Principal, September 28, 1905
Letter addressed to "Dick" from H.A. Hunt, March 4, 1904
Letter addressed to Professor W.B. Matthews from H.A. Hunt, March 5, 1906
Letter addressed to Friend from W.B. Matthews, March 16, 1906
Letter addressed to "Dick" from H.A. Hunt, March 2, 1904
 
38Union Mutual Publishing Company Letters, 1905-1906 View online.
Letter addresses to W.B. Matthews from W.L. Busby, October 11, 1906
Letter addressed to Gentlemen from C.H. Johnson, October 24, 1905
Letter addressed to Gentleman from D.H. Johnson, December 21, 1905
 
39Union Mutual Publishing Company Monthly Reports and Payrolls, 1906 View online.
Various Payrolls; circa: June 1906- September 1906
Monthly Reports; July 15 - August 15, 1906 and August 15 - September 1, 1906
 
40The North Carolina Mutual and Provident Association Letters, 1912 1917 View online.
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews from C.S. Spaulding, General Manager, July 2, 1912 and July 8, 1912
Letter addressed to Professor Matthews form J.L. Wheeler, May 5, 1917
 
41The Atlanta Colored Business League Forms View online.
One blank letterhead
 
42Secretarial Report of the Negro State Secretaries, [1906] View online.
Report taken at A & M College; December 8, 1906
 
43Newspaper Clippings View online.
Conference and. Educational Rally
 
44Newsletters, [1885] View online.
The Helping Hand, which was published in Macon, Georgia in September 1885
 
45Pamphlets and Brochures, [1888-1945 with gaps] View online.
Pamphlet, Standard Fertilizer Manufacturing Company, 1905
Pamphlet, Sketches of Southern Life by Frances E. Watkins Harper, 1888
Pamphlet, Pamphlet, Economic and Social Condition of Negroes in Georgia by Arthur Raper, August 1940
Pamphlet, Health Needs of the Negroes in Georgia by C. Waymond Reeves, President of the Atlanta Medical Society, September 1940
Pamphlet, Geography and Topography of the Holy Land, 1896
Pamphlet, Founding of Colored Parkland or "Little Africa" by Joseph S. Cotter, 1916
Pamphlet, Alumni Register of Fisk University for the Period, 1875-1915
Brochure, This Is Africa by S. Franklin Mack, 1945
 
46Notebook View online.
Notebook used by Matthews (Many pages are blank but a letter to the Supreme Court is included.)
 
47Central Colored High School Annual, [1922]
The Current Annual; 1922
 
48Photographs of Men View online.
One photograph of H.S. Proctor
Four photographs of Bishop Wesley John Gaines
One photograph of J.R. Johnson and Taylor Gordon
Five unidentified photographs
 
49Photographs of Women View online.
Two photographs of Ophelia Beale Matthews (Matthews' wife);
One photograph of Olivia (Ophelia Matthews' sister);
Two photographs of Mrs. Wesley John Gaines;
One photograph of Mrs. Wesley John Gaines with two unidentified women;
One photograph of Madame Mary Beale (An Auburn Avenue dressmaker);
One photograph of Anna
One photograph of Bessie
Four unidentified photographs
 
50Photographs of Children View online.
One photograph of A.D. Hamilton, Jr.
One photograph of Florence and Jannette
Three unidentified photographs
 
51Various Photographs View online.
One unidentified photograph of a large house
 
52Photograph of J.W. Matthews View online.
One mounted photograph of J.W. Matthews
 

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353Unidentified Tintypes of Men (16 tintypes) View online.
 
54Unidentified Tintypes of Women (16 tintypes) View online.
 
55Unidentified Tintypes of Couples (Seven tintypes) View online.
 
56Unidentified Tintypes of Groups (Three tintypes) View online.
 
57Unidentified Tintypes of Children (Five tintypes) View online.