Skip to main content

Claude Matthews letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0931

Scope and Contents

The collection includes letters and a petition addressed to Governor Matthews regarding the coal miners' strike in southern Indiana, including communications from county sheriffs, Grand Army of the Republic posts, and miner's organizations (1894); correspondence regarding the Pullman Strike and rioting in Lake County (1894); and correspondence as Governor regarding the determination of the Indiana-Kentucky border, the Indiana State Fair, the extradition of criminals, and other official matters. The collection also contains personal correspondence of Matthews and his wife (1882-1907); correspondence regarding a portrait of Governor James Whitcomb (1895); financial papers of Whitcomb (1836-1850); Matthews' political and patriotic speeches; his oration "Obligation of the world to literature," from Centre College (1867); and a fragment of a journal for sightseeing in southern California (circa 1900).


  • 1836-1894


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Claude Matthews was a graduate of Centre College, Danville, Kentucky. He married Martha Whitcomb, daughter of former Indiana Governor James Whitcomb. Matthews worked as a farmer and livestock breeder near Clinton, Vermillion County. Matthews was also a member of the Democratic Party, and served in the Indiana House of Representatives, Indiana Secretary of State, and as Governor of Indiana (1893-1897).


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Union Trust Company on 1936/05/15.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

EAD finding aid created 2014/08/26 by Brent Abercrombie.


Claude Matthews letters
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.