Contents and Arrangement

Davis, Lynn E, 1970

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The H. Freeman Matthews Sr. Papers contain correspondence, photographs, miscellaneous papers and family films, as well as a draft of the memoirs that Matthews wrote after his retirement and published privately under the title "Memoirs of a Passing Era" (circa 1972). The majority of the papers were kept for personal reasons, including the correspondence between Matthews and his first wife Elizabeth "Frisk" Matthews (1900-1955) and his sons Freeman ("Free") and Thomas ("Tim") Matthews.

When Matthews was approached by Boston University Libraries in 1964 he declined to deposit his papers, writing that they would only be of interest to his family but not to historians or research students. "I kept no diary or journal during my forty years in the Foreign Service, and all my reports whether in the form of official dispatches, memoranda, telegrams or personal letters to individuals officials (sic) on subjects of possible "national" interest or bearing are in the archives of the Department of State and in very rare cases have I retained any copies." (Matthews to Richard Gotlieb, Boston University Libraries, 10 December 1964)

When writing his memoirs, however, Matthews was aware of their historical value. He used his correspondence with his wife, sons, his father-in-law Thomas Luke, friends, and superiors for reference in his memoirs. In addition, the correspondence series includes exchanges with researchers and students who sought Matthew's help and recollections for research about World War II, as well as the Cold War.

Collection History

Custodial History:

As indicated by correspondence with the donor in the process of acquiring this collection, some correspondence of a sensitive or personal nature were removed from the collection by the donor before the materials came to Princeton.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No material was separated during accessioning in 2011. During accessioning of the materials donated in 2015, an earlier draft of the Vichy diary kept by Elizabeth Luke "Frisk" Matthews in Series 3 was returned to the donor.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Special Requirements for Access:

The collection contains three 16mm film reels. Access to these materials follows the Mudd Manuscript Library policy for preservation and access to audiovisual materials.

Credit this material:

Davis, Lynn E; H. Freeman Matthews Sr. Papers, MC243, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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