The François Matthes papers consist of personal and professional correspondence and writings spanning his academic life as
a student in the 1890s, through his professional career as a geologist, to his death in 1948. Included are artwork, letters,
newspaper clippings, typescripts, abstracts, notes, maps, and field books. Also included are materials from posthumously published
books, book reviews, and biographical sketches gathered by colleagues and family members as late as 1963. The bulk of the
material in this collection dates from 1900 to 1950.
Geologist François Emile Matthes was born in 1874 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He spent his childhood in Germany and Switzerland,
where he developed a love for mountains and glaciers. In 1891, Matthes, along with his twin brother Gerard, came to the United
States to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and earned a B.S. degree in 1895 in geodetic and topographic
engineering. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1896.
Number of containers: Number of containers: 9 boxes, 3 cartons, 2 oversize folders
Linear feet: Linear feet: 7.5
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