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Neil Matthew Photographs

Identifier: MSS053

Scope and Contents

Most are images of places and people from Matthew’s travels in the United States and Europe with an emphasis on historical places. The collection has been digitized. Online photographs are divided into two major categories: landscape and architectural photographs. Typically Matthew recorded information on the geographic location, place name, and date for each image.


  • 1940 - 1983


Language of Materials

Information written on the back of the photographs is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The physical collection will only be made available when the digital collection is insufficient for research needs.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Historical Note

Neil E. Matthew was born January 19, 1925 in Anderson, Indiana. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Arizona State University (1949) and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Indiana University (1955). He joined the Indiana University faculty five years after receiving his MA and in 1964, began teaching at the Herron School of Art on the Indianapolis campus (what would later become Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)). In 1989-1990 he retired from his position as Associate Professor Emeritus at IUPUI.

Matthew and his wife, Jeannette, traveled extensively in the United States and Europe over the course of his career at Herron School of Art. Many of his trips provided sources of inspiration for his artwork in the mediums of photography and painting. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States.


12.8 Cubic Feet (1 record carton, 20 document boxes, 19 flat boxes)


This collection is 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 throughout the United States and Europe.With the exception of one carton, all of the photographs are available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Jeannette and Neil E. Matthew, Indianapolis, IN, August 1988. A88-32


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Neil Matthew Photographs, 1940-1983
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Repository Details

Part of the General Collections Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA