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Title: Woodall-Matthews Papers
Identification: MS400
Date: ca. 1904-1954 (bulk dates 1935-1944)
Size/Quantity: 2.8 linear feet (four document cases, one half-size document case, one oversize box)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Woodall, Henry H., (Henry Harman)
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:The Woodall-Matthews Papers consists primarily of the coursework of John Henry Woodall, Jr. (1917-2005) who graduated from Georgia Tech in 1938. Also included are coursework and training from his time spent in the Navy in the early 1940s. There is a small amount of material from Charles W. Matthews, Woodall's great-uncle and a 1904 graduate of Tech.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles William Matthews (17 December 1882-26 July 1955), of Woodland, Georgia, entered Georgia Tech in December 1900. After graduating in 1904 with a degree in textile engineering, he worked for several years at Spalding Cotton Mills in Griffin, Georgia. By 1909, Matthews had returned to Talbot County and was farming. Beginning in 1918, the Georgia Tech register of graduates lists him as the general manager of T.F. Matthews and Son in Woodland. Matthews married Sallie Woodall, sister of John Henry Woodall, Sr.

John Henry Woodall, Sr. (04 April 1886-25 August 1965), also of Woodland, Georgia, entered Georgia Tech in October 1903 as a sub-apprentice. Woodall graduated in 1908 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Following his graduation, he became the manager and then proprietor of the Woodland Excelsior Works. By 1920, he was general manager of Georgia Cushion and Wrapper Company in Woodland, GA. Woodall married Alberta (Berta) Matthews, a sister of Charles W. Matthews.

John Henry Woodall, Jr. (22 October 1917-04 August 2005) was a son of John Woodall, Sr. and Berta Matthews Woodall. John Jr. also attended Tech, graduating in 1938. He participated in many student organizations and was the head football cheerleader his senior year, president of Alpha Tau Omega, and basketball team manager. In WWII, Woodall, Jr. served as a Navy communications officer. He later served as a trustee of Georgia Tech National Alumni Association. Henry H. Woodall was born to John Woodall, Jr. and his second wife, Elizabeth Harman.

Over the years, the Woodall-Matthews family founded and ran several businesses in the Woodland, Georgia area, including the Georgia Cushion and Packing Company (Georgia Cushion and Wrapper Company) and Woodland Furniture Company.

Scope and Content Note

The first series, which contains the papers of John H. Woodall, Jr., is divided into three subseries. The first subseries consists of coursework, exams, and notes from Georgia Tech courses that Woodall took as an undergraduate between 1934 and 1938. Courses include physics, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, economics, social science, and English. The second subseries includes naval training materials from Woodall's training as a naval communications officer during the Second World War, covering the period from 1943 to 1944. The third subseries consists of a small number of Woodall's personal items, including some from Woodall's fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, as well as T-Books from the Georgia Tech YMCA and other personal items.

The second series includes a small number of items from Charles W. Matthews, both from Matthews' time as an undergraduate at Georgia Tech and from later in his life. A graduation invitation and a football flyer date from Matthews' undergraduate years; a postcard, two newspaper clippings, and a Georgia Tech 25th Anniversary book from 1913 document Matthews' participation as a member of the Tech alumni.


SERIES 1. John H. Woodall, Jr. Papers

SERIES 2. Charles W. Matthews Papers

Index Terms

Alpha Tau Omega. Beta Iota Chapter (Georgia Institute of Technology).
Engineering--Study and teaching.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Students.
Matthews, Charles W., (Charles William), 1882-1955
Naval education--United States.
Woodall, John H., Jr., (John Henry), 1917-2005
World War, 1939-1945.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [item, folder title,] The Woodall-Matthews Papers (MS400), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Donation, 2007; accessions #2007.067 and 2007.072.

Processing Information

Marcia Kochel processed these papers in June, 2011.


Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Separated Material

The visual materials in this collection have been separated and processed as VAM400. Artifacts (including a 1938 Rat cap, two Tech cheerleading letters, a 1950 Sugar Bowl postcard with two pins attached, a Tennessee Paper Mills sliderule, and a Golden Anniversary cloth square memento from 1938) will be added to the Artifacts collection. The collection's books (approximately 28 titles) will be cataloged and added to the Library collection.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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SERIES 1: John H. Woodall, Jr. Papers, 1935-1944


Includes 17 folders of coursework, exams, and notes from Georgia Tech classes in mechanical engineering, physics, civil engineering, economics, social sciences, and English. Also contains five folders of coursework and training manuals from Naval officer training (1943-1944). Three folders of personal items include Alpha Tau Omega fraternity keepsakes, song sheets, newspaper clippings, and T Books.

SUBSERIES 1: Coursework, Exams and Notes, 1935-1938

Folders 1-16 contain coursework, exams and notes from Georgia Tech classes including chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics, civil engineering, naval science, economics, social science, and English. Folder 17 contains two pamphlets, The Logarithmic Spiral Curve and Weight, Speed, and Streamlining of Railroad Equipment by Lewis K. Sillcox.



11Coursework, Exams and Notes (Engineering notes), 1934-1938
12Coursework, Exams and Notes (Engineering notes), 1934-1938
13Coursework, Exams and Notes (Physics), 1934-1938
14Coursework, Exams and Notes (Physics and Mechanical Engineering), 1934-1938
15Coursework, Exams and Notes (Mechanical Engineering), 1934-1938



21Coursework, Exams and Notes (Mechanical Engineering experiments, Mathematics notes), 1934-1938
22Coursework, Exams and Notes (Mechanical Engineering experiments), 1934-1938
23Coursework, Exams and Notes (Physics, Mechanical Engineering), 1934-1938
24Coursework, Exams and Notes (Chemistry), 1934-1938
25Coursework, Exams and Notes (English, Economics, Social Science), 1934-1938



31Coursework, Exams and Notes (Economics), 1934-1938
32Coursework, Exams and Notes (Engineering, Naval Science and Tactics), 1934-1938
33Coursework, Exams and Notes (Basic Writing workbook), 1934-1938
34Coursework, Exams and Notes (Metallurgy), 1934-1938
35Coursework, Exams and Notes (Physics Laboratory), 1934-1938
36Coursework, Exams and Notes (Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics), 1934-1938

SUBSERIES 2: Naval Training Materials, ca 1943-1944

Includes official publications from Naval Training School (Indoctrination) in Hollywood, Florida in 1944, as well as hand-written coursework (folders 1-3). Also includes coursework and exams from 1943-1944 Navy classes in electricity, radio, sliderule, and math (folders 4-5), taken at Wright Junior College in Chicago and possibly also at the University of Houston.



41Naval Training School, ca. 1944
42Naval Training School, ca. 1944
43Naval Training School, ca. 1944
44Radio and Electricity Coursework, ca. 1943-1944
45Radio and Electricity Coursework, ca. 1943-1944
46Mechanical Practice NAVPERS 14,004 Pamphlet, 1943

SUBSERIES 3: Personal Items, 1935-1938

This subseries contains two folders of personal items. The first folder includes Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity songs, memorabilia from a national fraternity congress held in Breezy Point, Minnesota in June of 1937, fraternity song sheets, and a booklet commemorating the 50th anniversary of ATO at Georgia Tech. The second folder includes a blank inspector's report from the dormitory system, a songsheet of Georgia Tech songs, lists of names that are perhaps an invitation list, and John H. Woodall's student record from the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps.



51Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, 1937-1938
52Other Personal Items, 1935-1938
53T Books, Class of 1940 and 1941, 1936-1938

SERIES 2: Charles W. Matthews Papers, 1903-1954


Includes a 1903 flyer about a Tech football game played on Thanksgiving Day in Piedmont Park, a 1904 graduation invitation with Charles W. Matthews' card in it, a 1908 postcard of Georgia Tech addressed to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Matthews, 1949 and 1954 newspaper clippings showing C.W. Matthews at Georgia Tech Homecoming events, and an anniversary book from the 25th anniversary of Tech (1913).



54Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1954
55Postcard to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Matthews, 1908
56Graduation Invitation, 1904
57Football Flyer, 1903



61The Georgia School of Technology 1888-1913 Anniversary Book, 1913