Scope and Contents: In 1920, J.C. Matthews (’25) left his family’s peanut farm in Thalia, yearning to pursue a teaching degree. J.C., Matthews, who received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in history and a minor in English from UNT in 1925. He married Rena Mae Waggoner, a fellow 1925 graduate, and began teaching in the North Texas Demonstration School -- an elementary and secondary school on campus that served as a training laboratory for UNT education students under the direction of degreed teachers. In 1932, after receiving master's and doctoral degrees from George Peabody College for Teachers, now a part of Vanderbilt University, Matthews became a professor of education at North Texas. He also served as director of the Demonstration School and of student teaching and became the first dean of what is now UNT's College of Education in 1946. He was then named vice president of UNT and, in 1952, became the president. Matthews served as president for 16 years, retiring in 1968. J.C. Matthews died in 1996.