Guide to the Michael Mathews Collection
Record Group 180

Date Span:  ca. 1850 – 1955
Extent:  0.66 cubic feet


Biographical Sketch:  Mr. Mathews's family of Petermans, Rolands, and Mathews originated in Delaware and immigrated through Georgia into the Wiregrass of Alabama in the 19th century.  Mr. Mathews served as Vice President of Human Resources at UAB and is retired.  He lives in Birmingham (as of 2014).

Benjamin Peterson’s family, including Henry George Peterman and Thomas Edward (T. E.) Peterman (1835-1923), moved to Henry County from Oglethorpe County, GA, in 1857.  T. E. married Julia Armstrong (1841-1921) of Oglethorpe Co, in 1859.  Their daughter, Minnie (1878-1950), married George Roland.  Minnie and George Roland’s daughter Virginia married a Mathews.  Their son, Mike Mathews, donated this collection to the Wiregrass Archives.  Little is known of the Roland family.

Scope / Content Note:  Documents multiple generations of the Peterman – Roland – Mathews family in Dothan, AL, and the surrounding area.  Contains many photographs of family members (and unidentified others), legal and military records, school and church records, obituaries and other death notices, correspondence, and ephemera.  Also contains a genealogical report on the Benjamin Peterman branch of the family.  An accretion added postcards, ca. 1907-1910, a souvenir book of postcard views from Troy State College, 1955, and a panoramic photograph of a 1925 KKK meeting in Dothan, AL.

Organization:  Organized into 2 Series:  1. Family Papers and Photographs.  2. Miscellaneous Photographs.  Series 1 is arranged by individual in generational order, even if families mixed.

Preferred Citation:  Michael Mathews Collection, RG 180, The Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL

Access / User Limits:  Open per gift agreement, 9/28/2014

INVENTORY

Series 1:  Family Papers and Photographs

File I.D.

File Label

180

14-0924

001

001

T. E. Peterman

180

14-0924

001

002

Julia Peterman (nee Armstrong)

180

14-0924

001

003

T. E. and Julia Peterman Home, 501 N. Oates, Dothan

180

14-0924

001

004

Henry M. Roland CSA Records

180

14-0924

001

005

John Peterman

180

14-0924

001

006

M. D. Peterman

180

14-0924

001

007

Turner Peterman

180

14-0924

001

008

Charles W. Peterman

180

14-0924

001

009

Minnie Roland (nee Peterman)

180

14-0924

001

010

George E. Roland

180

14-0924

001

011

Corine Hall (nee Peterman)

180

14-0924

001

012

Julian Peterman at "Ecodell," Jakin, GA

180

14-0924

001

013

Iona Espy (nee Peterman)

180

14-0924

001

014

Alex Peterman

180

14-0924

001

015

Thomas E. Roland

180

14-0924

001

016

Mabel Roland

180

14-0924

001

017

Harry Roland

180

14-0924

001

018

Raymond Roland

180

14-0924

001

019

Lois Roland

180

14-0924

001

020

Virginia Mathews (nee Roland)

180

14-0924

001

021

Miscellaneous Business Ads, Calling Cards, Newsclips

180

14-0924

001

022

Peterman Genealogy and Obituaries

180

14-0924

001

023

Peterman Family Genealogy

180

14-0924

002

001

Daguerreotype -- T. E. Peterman

180

14-0924

002

002

Daguerreotype -- Henry George Peterman

180

14-0924

002

003

Daguerreotype -- Julia Peterman (nee Armstrong)

180

14-0924

002

004

Daguerreotype -- M. D. Peterman

180

14-0924

002

005

Daguerreotype -- Benjamin Peterman

180

14-0924

MAP

06

Lois Roland, Howell School Stage Photo, ca. 1914

180

14-0924

MAP

06

Patricia Ann Mathews, Cradle Roll, First Baptist Church, Dothan, July 1947

180

14-0924

MAP

06

Lois Roland, Seventh Grade Diploma, 1919

180

15-0115

001

001

Photocopy Portrait, Turner & Minnie Peterman [1900-1910]

 

Series 2:  Miscellaneous Photographs

File I.D.

File Label

180

14-0924

001

024

Group Portrait [possibly church congregation]

180

14-0924

001

025

Carte-de-visite -- Group of women with piano [damaged]

180

14-0924

001

026

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Fireman, Tampa, FL

180

14-0924

001

027

Portrait -- Unidentified Toddler, Dark Brown Matte

180

14-0924

001

028

Portrait -- Unidentified Couple, Two-toned Matte, Oval

180

14-0924

001

029

Portrait -- Unidentified Toddler in paper Stand [broken]

180

14-0924

002

006

Tintype Album

180

14-0924

002

007

Tintype Album

180

14-0924

002

008

Carte-de-visite -- Carrie Faison, Waycross, GA (cousin of George & Minnie Roland), 1897

180

14-0924

002

009

Carte-de-visite -- [Turner Peterman?]

180

14-0924

002

010

Carte-de-visite -- [Minnie Roland (nee Peterman)?]

180

14-0924

002

011

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Man in Striped Tie

180

14-0924

002

012

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Woman, Scrolled Portrait

180

14-0924

002

013

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Man 

180

14-0924

002

014

Carte-de-visite -- Unidenfied Baby

180

14-0924

002

015

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Toddler

180

14-0924

002

016

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentied Man, San Antonio, TX

180

14-0924

002

017

Carte-de-visite -- Unidentified Woman, Indianapolis, IN

180

14-0924

002

018

Young Man, labeled "Dr. Keyton" on reverse

180

14-0924

002

019

Unidentified Baby

180

14-0924

002

020

Portrait of Unidentified Baby, Grosgrain trifold holder

180

15-0115

001

002

Postcards to Helen Henderson, Macon, 1907-1910

180

15-0115

001

003

Postcard-sized, colorized prints of buildings in Troy and Montgomery, AL [1907-1910]

180

15-0115

001

004

"Artview" souvenir postcard booklet, Troy State College [1955]

180

15-0115

MAP

06

Panoramic photo, KKK rally, Dothan, AL, 1925

 

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