Jack Matthews 1942-

Born:  Brownwood, Texas

Religion:  Roman Catholic



B. A. Howard Payne College 1965 (English, European History)

M. A. Texas A&M University 1968 (United States History)

Ph.D.  Texas Christian University 1993 (United States History)


Associate Professor, Amarillo College, 1966-1990

Lecturer, Texas Christian University, 1993-1995

Adjunct Instructor, University of Texas at Arlington, 1995-1998

Professor, Cisco College, 1998-

Adjunct Instructor, Texas Wesleyan University, 2002-


Sigma Tau Delta, 1964

Gamma Beta Phi, 1964

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, University of California at Los Angeles, Summer 1973

Honorary Member of Junior Bar Association of Amarillo, Texas, 1974

Honest Scrap Award for Blogging, 2010


Lecturer, German-American Institutes, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, 1998-1999

Fulbright Alumni Association, Fort Worth, Texas

American Historical Association

American Association of University Professors


Review of  Dangerous Passage:  The Santa Fe Trail and the Mexican War, by William Y. Chalfant.  Pacific Historical Review LXV (May 1996):  326-27.

“Georgia O’Keeffe.”  The New Handbook of Texas, vol. IV:  1129-30.  Austin:  The Texas State Historical Association, 1996.

Review essay of The Comanchero Frontier:  A History of New Mexican-Plains Indian Relations, by Charles L. Kenner.  American Indian Culture and Research Journal 19 (Winter 1995):  258-61.

“The Influence of the Texas Panhandle-Plains on Georgia O’Keeffe.”  Panhandle-Plains Historical Review LVI (1984):  107-36.


“Archeological Survey of Polytechnic Cemetery,” Fort Worth, Texas, September 2002.

“Border Consuls With Mexico, 1821-1865.”  Paper before National Records and Archives Administration Conference, Fort Worth, Texas, February 2000.

“Civil Rights in the United States Since the Civil War.”  Lecture to American Studies Department, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, Winter 1999.

“American Indian Since the Wounded Knee Occupation 1973.”  Lecture to German-American Institutes in Stuttgart, Munich, and Nuremberg, Germany, summer 1999.

“Demographic Projections for Tarrant County Texas to 2030.”  Research project for Tarrant County Arts Council, January 1998.

“The French National Library.”  Radio interview with British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Paris, summer 1996.

“Burning Flags and Shooting Pistols:  U.S. Consuls to Mexico, 1821-1865.”  Southwest Social Science Convention, Dallas, Texas, March 1995.

“The Journey of One Hispanic Attorney From Diamond Hill-Jarvis to Downtown Fort Worth.”  National Endowment for the Humanities “Adelante”   Series of Fort Worth Library, November 1993.

“Oral Interview Series.”  Fort Worth Hispanic Oral History Project, Texas   Christian University, 1993.

“Little Favors from My Government:  United States Consuls to Mexico, 1821-1865.  Ph.D. diss., Texas Christian University, 1993.

“An Analysis of the Blue Lady Legends of the American Southwest.”  Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Meeting, Lubbock, Texas, Spring, 1989.

“Anthropological Field Guide to Northern Rio Grande Culture.”  Amarillo College Field Trip, 1989.

“Georgia O’Keeffe in Texas Panhandle.” Lecture to Harwood Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, ca. 1986.

“Behaviorism:  Pulling Habits Out of Rats.”  Paper for Science, Technology and Human Values Seminar, National Endowment for the Humanities, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973.

“Public Sentiment in the United States Towards the Tariff, 1816-1828.”  Master’s thesis, Texas A&M University, 1968.

Jack Matthews, Amarillo, Texas, 1983

4 responses to “Vita

  1. Wendy Skola

    What a beautiful letter re: Inn/Spa Loretto!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for the lovely comments! OKAY, Mr. “Modest.” You certainly know how to write! You might have mentioned that you were a professor! I will keep in touch! Say hello to your sweet wife! You are an inspiration!

    • Wendy, I was hoping you would write something. I had written Inn at Loretto by email to make sure you would read my comments about you. I had the little notebook at the table and not so discretely made a few notes about the Inn and you. My mother waited tables at the Cactus Cafe in Brownwood, Texas, 1944-1945, and I know the responsibility that comes with your toil.

      I do hope you write some thoughts in your notebook. This world needs you.

      We will see you again. Happy holidays and this year!

  2. Very Impressive…yes I have to agree with your friend, you do know how to write. You also have accomplished so much. I am flattered to be listed on your site and thanks for visiting me.
    Love your blog. Owning a Ranch how beautiful that must be with all that wide open land around you, with all the animals too. My daughter would love to life in a place like yours and my husband and I would love to see that area one day too. But for now I will visit your blog and add it to my site too.

    • I enjoyed visiting your site, too. Thank you for your comments. I do like the fact you translate portions of your blog into German. Very cosmopolitan. Your photographs are quite beautiful. I look forward to reading more on your site, Jacqueline.