B. Claude Mathis (1927-1989) Papers
Scope and Contents
The B. Claude Mathis Papers fill twenty-four boxes and span the period 1955-1990. The Papers are organized in eight categories: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching tiles, research and consulting files, Administrative files. professional organizations files, papers presented before professional organizations, and publications.
The biographical materials include appointment books (1971-1978, 1981) and programs as well as curricula vitae.
The general correspondence relates primarily to Mathis teaching, speaking, and consulting and is arranged chronologically by date. The subject correspondence deals mainly with organisational and consulting activities and is arranged alphabetically by folder title.
The teaching files include course descriptions, schedules, reading lists, and student evaluations. There is also considerable correspondence relating to practica and independent study courses.
The research and consulting files consist primarily of correspondence, notes, reports, and proposals. They are arranged alphabetically according to folder title. Of special interest are the materials documenting Mathis work with the Bush Foundation and the Lilly Endowment. Many of the consulting files relating to colleges and universities can be found in the Bush Foundation section. During the 1960s Mathis developed the computerized “College Suggestor” to aid high school students in the selection process. Reports, contracts, proposals, and correspondence relating to the “College Suggestor” are present.
The administrative files consist of correspondence, notes, and reports. They document largely Mathis involvement in committees of the General Faculty Committee, the School of Education, and the University Senate.
The professional organizations files include correspondence, program proposals and evaluations, and committee materials. The bulk of the category relates to the American Educational Research Association.
The papers presented before professional organizations files include correspondence, notes, and drafts. If the paper was later published, pertinent material is filed with the appropriate folder in the publications category. The papers are arranged alphabetically according to the paper title.
The publications category is comprised of materials relating to books and articles authored by Mathis. The files contain mainly correspondence and drafts. The files are arranged alphabetically by title within the books section and the articles section.
- Mathis, B. Claude (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Center for Nursing Search Committee (Box 14, Folder 25); Nurse Educator/Planner Search Committee (Box 16, Folder 6); Program Review Committee for the Center for Urban Affairs (Box 17, Folder 2); Promotion and Tenure Reviews (Box 17, Folder 4); and Provost's Nominating and Screening Committee (Box 17, Folder 6) all may contain sensitive materials; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use. This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Byron Claude Mathis joined the Northwestern University faculty as assistant professor of education in 1956 and was promoted to associate professor in 1960. In 1965 he became professor of education and psychology. Mathis was also active as an administrator, serving as assistant dean, then associate dean of the Graduate School. Mathis major general interest was the application of psychology to education. Most of his research dealt with faculty development, especially to improve the quality of teaching. The B. Claude Mathis Papers fill twenty-four boxes and span the period 1955-1990. The Papers are organized in eight categories: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching tiles, research and consulting files, administrative files, professional organizations files, papers presented before professional organizations, and publications.
Arrangement of Materials
The general correspondence is arranged alphabetically by folder title. The subject correspondence is arranged alphabetically by folder title. The research and consulting files are arranged alphabetically according to folder title. The papers presented before professional organizations files are arranged alphabetically according to the paper title. The publications category is arranged alphabetically by title within the books section and the articles section.
The B. Claude Mathis Papers were donated to the University Archives by his wife, Patricia Mathis, on September 10, 1990 (Accession #90-142).
Approximately twenty-five linear inches of material were removed to form Series 14/19, Records of the Center for the Teaching Professions. Five audiocassettes of faculty senate meetings and two audiocassettes of Mathis paper delivered at a meeting of the American Association for Higher Education in 1976 were transferred to the University Archives audio collection.
Approximately six cubic feet of duplicate materials were returned to Mrs. Mathis at her request. Approximately nine cubic feet were transferred to the University Archives general reference files and six cubic feet of extraneous materials were discarded.
William K. Beatty; September – December, 1990.
- Guide to the B. Claude Mathis (1927-1989) Papers
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