C. Hodge Mathes Diary
Collection — Box: K (Small Collections)
The C. Hodge Mathes Diary is a small leather-bound volume in which Mathes tracked his daily activities from January 1 to December 31, 1917. Each entry is only a few sentences, yet rich in detail, often including his daily schedule, his companions and the weather. Much of the activity centers around his life in Johnson City, Tennessee as a faculty member at East Tennessee State Normal School. For example, February 3, 1917 was "coldest morning of winter. [Stoked] furnace at 3:15am. To Normal on 7:30 car. Pi Sigma Lit. Soc. conducted chapel exercises. Usual busy day. Office till 4:30. U.S. severed diplomatic relations w. Germany. "Thrift Day" program in Comp. class. Home on car. Rested and went to bed early." A photocopy of the diary and a transcription of its contents accompanies the diary.
0.10 linear feet (In two folders.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Dr. Maria Niederberger of the East Tennessee State University Department of Music donated the diary in June 2017, accession 2017-019. The diary was given to her by Aylene Mathes, wife of W.T. Mathes, who was a nephew of C. Hodge Mathes. The transcription was done by some of Dr. Niederberger's 2016-2017 student workers.
Please use the photocopy and transcription for research whenever possible in order to protect the original from excessive handling.