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Neil E. Matthew collection

Identifier: AG 131

Scope and Contents

Series one of the Neil E. Matthew Collection contains biographical materials separated into seven folders within Box 1. The series has notes and course outlines for multiple courses taught by himself and Michael A. Smith, Robert Forth’s essays “Toward a Critical Vocabulary” and “The Third Mode of Documentary”, articles and exhibition announcements regarding Matthew, as well as correspondences.

Series two contains photographic materials of Matthew including a “Retrospective Portfolio” of 358 prints and 4 pages of slides dated circa 1940 to 1995, Matthew’s resume, albums of negatives corresponding to the included album “Photographic Contact Album” containing approximately 630 prints from the fall of 1953 to summer 1957. A list of portrait sitters is in the inventory section of the finding aid.


  • 1953-1995


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Duplication of unpublished material is prohibited without permission. Other restrictions may apply. See the Archivist for information.

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Biographical Note

Neil E. Matthew was born in 1925 in Anderson, Indiana and graduated from Anderson High School in 1943. He worked at a bank for two years before going to Arizona State College where he studied Art Education from 1945-1949. Moving back to Indiana he taught art and U.S. before being drafted into the Korean War in 1950. After returning from the Korean War he received his MFA in painting at Indiana University in 1955. He continued to teach art and U.S. history at various high schools while studying printmaking at the University of Iowa in 1957-1958 and painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart (where he received a Student Fulbright Grant) in 1959-1960. He taught introductory art classes at the Kokomo Campus of Indiana University in 1960 Matthew married librarian and archivist Jeannette Morrow in 1963, and in 1964 taught in a full-time position at I.U. Indianapolis, where he remained until his retirement in 1987. Matthew and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1989 and traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Matthew died in 2010.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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This collection contains materials documenting the career and life of Neil E. Matthew (1925 - 2010), photographer, printmaker, and Associate Professor Emeritus, Herron School of Art, Indiana University. The collection consists primarily of materials relating to the period of time Matthew was a student of Henry Holmes Smith at Indiana University in the 1950s. The collection also includes 2 essays written in March, 1963, by Robert Forth, who was a student of Henry Holmes Smith, which Matthew acquired from Smith in 1963. Photography periodicals donated by Matthew have been transferred to the CCP Library. The collection is active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Biographical materials, n.d., 1953-1980s, 1 box
  2. Series 2: Photographic materials, n.d., circa 1940-1995, 1 box
  3. Appendix A: Index to portraits in the album

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Neil and Jeannette Morrow Matthew, 1990, 2006, 2007.

Related Materials

Additional materials related to Matthew’s career are in the archives of Arizona State University, Tempe (where he received his undergraduate degree), and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. See the IUPUI website: “This collection is a photographic documentary of scenes and places from the perspective of Neil E. Matthew, a professor of the Herron School of Art at IUPUI. He was a painter first while an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He then studied photography under Henry Holmes Smith at Indiana University. His photography, as described by its creator, is ‘the painter as photographic tourist.’ It is straight representational photography of the landscape and buildings seen during his travels.”


  • Neil E. Matthew., Arizona Daily Star, 07 January 2010, Accessed 03 November 2020.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by A. Rule on 9/27/07, by Meghan Jordan in May 2016, and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

Neil E. Matthew collection 1953-1995
Finding aid created by CCP Archives Staff
© 2020
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Finding Aid Based On Dacs (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)
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Finding aid encoded in English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States