Walter Jerome Mathews Diploma 1893

Creator
Mathews, Walter Jerome, 1870-1967
Size
0.025 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MSS 00003

This collection consists of Walter Jerome Mathews's 1893 diploma from North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now North Carolina State University). By tradition, Mathews has been considered the first student at the college.

Biographical/historical note

Born on 20 August 1870 in Buncombe County, Walter Jerome Mathews has been considered the first student at North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later renamed North Carolina State University). He was the first to arrive on campus on 30 September 1889. One of the 19 members of the first graduating class, Mathews received a Bachelor of Engineering degree on June 14, 1893.

After working in Greensboro for several months following graduation, Mathews supervised the Engineering Department for the North Carolina School of the Deaf in Morganton, N.C. Two years later, he became the superintendent of the Engineering Department of the State Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C. During his fifteen years at the hospital, Mathews designed the construction for many buildings and installed facilities such as an electric plant and cold storage.

Mathews left the State Hospital in Goldsboro in order to pursue a career in the construction business, a profession he continued for the next 25 years. During this time, he constructed buildings such as large churches in Goldsboro, N.C., Edenton, N.C., Kinston, N.C., and Newport, N.C. He was an active member in the Goldsboro community, serving a term as mayor as well as being a Sunday School teacher.

In 1957, Mathews' family presented his portrait to North Carolina State College on the school's 68th anniversary. As long as health permitted, Mathews stayed active in his alma mater's affairs, visiting regularly and participating in commencement exercises.

Mathews died in Goldsboro, N.C., on August 28, 1967.

Scope/content

This collection consists of one item, Walter Jerome Mathews's 1893 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma from North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now North Carolina State University).

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Jerome Mathews Diploma, MSS 00003, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Received from Walter Jerome Mathews.

Original diploma
Flat folder 1

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Jerome Mathews Diploma, MSS 00003, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.