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C. Hodge Mathes Family Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0856

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of documents, photographs, and sound recordings of, about, or created by the family of Charles Hodge Mathes. Most are from the 1920s – 1970s, though the earliest materials date back to the 1840s. Most of the content relates to Charles Hodge Mathes himself and concerns his writing/academic career and travel. There are also significant amounts of material relating to his daughter, Mildred Mathes Dalton, and his granddaughters, Betty and Diana Dalton. Other than the papers about his travel to Germany, these materials were created in and about the southeastern United States, specifically Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina.


  • 1848-2017, undated


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.


1.5 linear feet (3 document boxes; 1 oversize folder)

9 sound recordings

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the papers were purchased by the Archives in August 2017, accession number 2017-037.

Dr. Maria Niederberger of the East Tennessee State University Department of Music donated the 1917 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.

Dr. Colin Baxter of the East Tennessee State University Department of History donated C. Hodge Mathes' drafts of a history of Washington County, Tennessee in April 2022, accession 2022-002. The drafts were given to him by Mildred Kozsuch.

The Charles Hodge Mathes Memorial Volume was transferred from Sherrod Library in July 1983, accession number 1983-006.

Processing Information

Intern Tracy Dalton processed the bulk of the papers in May 2021. The Charles Hodge Mathes Memorial Volume was originally processed as collection 172 by J. Shelton in 1986. The volume was incorporated into the Mathes Family Papers in May 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA