The Thomas Matney papers, MS 146, includes materials from 1926 through 2011 relating to Dr. Matney’s research in genetics, Dr. Matney’s teaching materials, and his research as a community activist into the support and well being of at-risk children. Dr. Matney was the first associate dean of the newly formed UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as a professor of genetics and environmental science and a student advisor. Professor Matney made important contributions to scientific understanding of cancer-causing agents and the genetic mechanisms that underlie the development of cancer.
This collection contains eleven series: I. Personal Papers; II. Administrative Papers III. Business Correspondence; IV. Publications; V. Research; VI. School and Community Research Projects; VII. Teaching Materials; VIII. Student Files; IX. Travel; X. Realia and Ephemera; and XI. Audiovisual Materials. This collection contains much of the research conducted by Dr. Matney as well as his teaching materials. One of the highlights of this collection is the research proposals and papers from Dr. Matney's time with the Atomic Energy Commission along with a letter from Dr. Schull of the RERF to Dr. Matney when he was ill. Another highlight of the collection is the Temperature Gradient Plate, a device invented by Dr. Matney.
The materials in this collection are in good condition with some minor tears and brittle paper. Mrs. Nancy Matney donated Dr. Matney’s collection of personal and business correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, pamphlets, diplomas, awards, artwork, a scrapbook, yearbooks, journal articles, abstracts, contracts, applications, research notes and notebooks, lecture notes, audiovisual material, ephemera, and realia to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center in January 2011. The collection is 10.5 cubic feet (thirteen boxes) and is collection 146.