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Matthews Family Papers

Identifier: GTM-730917

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, documents, manuscripts, diaries and clippings concerning the Matthews family of Missouri. Early material includes leaves from a diary, describing frontier life in Missouri from 1818-1833, a land grant signed by John Quincy Adams in 1827, and bills of sale from 1855 for two enslaved people. Later material includes correspondence and manuscripts from Florence Calvert Thorne, Director of Research for the American Federation of Labor, and research material of Ralph A. Anderson regarding Arab-ARAMCO relations and foreign pipeline systems. Included is a partial autobiography by Miss Thorne and a typed transcript of an interview with Margaret Scatterwood, concerning Florence Thorne's involvement in the American labor movement.

Materials on Slavery

Some folders in this collection contain references to slavery, slaveholding, and enslaved individuals.


  • 1812 - 1976


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.


1.25 Linear Feet (2 legal size document cases and 1 small flat box.)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown. The collection was likely acquired in 1973.

Matthews Family Papers
Ted Jackson
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2024-03: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo.

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057