University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Claude Mathews Collection, [circa 1925]-1983



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mathews, Claude A.
Title: Claude Mathews collection
Dates: [circa 1925]-1983
Abstract: Consisting of video and audiocassette tapes, production log books, correspondence, and other printed materials, the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, documents Mathews's research for his Master's thesis, Singin' the Yodeling Blues.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02282
Extent: 12 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A graduate student in the department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin from 1981 through 1984, Claude Anthony Mathews created a video documentary for his Master's thesis entitled, Singin' the Yodeling Blues, which illustrates the musical interests of Kenneth Threadgill and his friendships with Texas musicians who performed at Threadgills, his restaurant and music club in Austin. Musicians featured in the documentary include Jimmie Rodgers, Kenneth Threadgill, Bill Neely, Mance Lipscomb, and Janis Joplin. The documentary also mentions Powell St. John and Julie Paul, two Austin folk singers who performed with Janis Joplin in her first appearances at Threadgills in the early 1960s.


Scope and Contents

Consisting of video and audiocassette tapes, production logbooks, correspondence, and other printed materials, the Claude Mathews Collection, [ca. 1925]-1983, documents Mathews's research for his Master's thesis, Singin' the Yodeling Blues. In addition to the complete 30-minute documentary, the collection contains video production cassettes of interviews with Kenneth Threadgill, Powell St. John, and Julie Paul, as well as some Janis Joplin concert sequences. Additionally, the collection includes production logbooks, a photocopy of Mathews's thesis report to the Radio-Television-Film department, the final narration script for the documentary, correspondence, and photographic materials relating to the creation and production of the film.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Access to some audiovisual formats requires an appointment; contact repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Joplin, Janis
Lipscomb, Mance, 1895-1976
Mathews, Claude A.
Neeley, Bill
Paul, Julie
Rodgers, Jimmie, 1897-1933
St. John, Powell
Threadgill, Kenneth
Corporate Names
Threadgill's (Restaurant : Austin, Tex.)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Radio-Television-Film
Subjects
Music
Places
Austin
Texas
Document Types
Documentary film

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Claude Mathews Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Wheat, March 1984.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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Sound Archives Video and audiocassette tapes, correspondence, printed material, circa 1925-1983