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Robert Lee Matthews collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 167

Scope and Contents

The Robert Lee Matthews collection documents Matthews' time as a student at Coyne Trade and Engineer School and at Purdue and his alumni relations with Purdue. The collection includes personal records and artifacts, correspondence, and photographs.


  • 1909 - 1969
  • Majority of material found within 1923 - 1953


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Copyright held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Robert Lee Matthews enrolled at Purdue University as a member of the Purdue Class of 1927. He attended the university for two years, from 1923-1925, with a major in engineering. While at Purdue Matthews earned a letter from the Swimming and Diving team in diving. Post-attendance, he remained involved with Purdue University through financial contributions and attendance at Purdue Athletics alumni events. Matthews attended Coyne Trade and Engineer School Chicago prior to attending Purdue.

After attending Purdue, Matthews was employed by Peerless Electric in Ohio and was an active member of the Cleveland, Ohio Purdue Alumni Club. Per correspondence with other alumni within collection, Matthews distributed photographs of the reunions to other alumni.


1.60 Cubic Feet (Two flat boxes and one half-width letter-size manuscript box)


The Robert Lee Matthews papers is arranged into five series.
  1. Artifacts
  2. Materials related to time as a student
  3. Alumnus records
  4. Professional life
  5. Photographs and postcards

Acquisition Information

Materials donated in installments by Nancy Lee Matthews on August 23, 2005, April 2, 2007, February 23, 2010, August 26, 2011, and October 21, 2016.

Processing Information

Photographs and postcards have been housed in polyester sleeves.  All materials have been housed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes. All newsprint has been photocopied and original newspaper clippings have been retained for display purposes, with photocopies made available for research.
Robert Lee Matthews collection
Under Review
Mary A. Sego, Amanda Burdick, and Evalyn Stow
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Edition statement
Second Edition. Collection description was first completed 2008-12-10.

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-27: Additions 1, 2, and 3 added to the resource record by Amanda Burdick.
  • 2019-02-15: Paperweight and letterman sweater artifacts integrated into resource by Evalyn Stow.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States