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Ellen Mathews collection

Identifier: UA-17.448

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one handwritten notary register (1579-1582) and two letters (1848) from notaries. The specific contents of the register are unknown because of the difficulty in translating its classical French style. Two faculty members who have dealt with such writings have been consulted, but neither could translate the document.


  • Creation: 1579-1582, 1848
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1579 - 1582


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Ellen Norris Mathews was born December 26, 1907 in Mississippi. She married Davis Lyen Mathews (December 16, 1912 - March 4, 1974) in 1937. Davis L. Mathews served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. From circa 1955 to circa 1970, Ellen Mathews worked in the Department of Military Science at Michigan State University. After leaving East Lansing, the Mathews moved to California. Ellen Mathews died on May 7, 1993.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 1 folder)

Language of Materials


French, Middle (ca.1400-1600)

Custodial History

Gift of Ellen Mathews, 1970-06-30.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ellen Mathews obtained the documents from her husband, Davis L. Mathews, who acquired them in France while serving with the U.S. forces during the Second World War.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00431 to UA 17.448 to reflect Mathews's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, October 2021.


Ellen Mathews Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
J. Wojciuch
May 1972
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US