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Charles W. Matthews papers

Identifier: US-85-01

Scope and Content

Development plans and reports created by Charles W. Matthews while working at Ladislas Segoe & Associates for communities in Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The collection also includes books on engineering, chemistry, and mechanics.


  • 1912-1970


Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research, but stored in off site storage. Please contact the Archives and Rare Books Library prior to your visit at 513-556-1959 or

Biography of Charles W. Matthews

Charles W. Matthews was an Army officer during World War II and an engineer. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he received a graduate degree in planning. He served as a base signal officer at Roswell, New Mexico, before being sent to Europe as a member of General Patton's Third Army. Matthews was a civil affairs attachment commander in England, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg during the Battle of Bulge. One of his duties included evacuating civilians from towns and villages during battles and relocating them to safer areas. He is credited with saving thousands of lives. After the Battle of the Bulge, Matthews served as a military government detachment commander in Bavaria, Germany. During his service, Matthews rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, received four campaign medals, and a Purple Heart.

After the war, Matthews moved to Cincinnati where he was principal associate in Ladislas Segoe & Associates engineering firm. After 20 years with that firm, he opened his own consultant business and worked with firms in West Virginia, Michigan, and Ohio. He retired in 1975 and passed away in 1988


5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)


Development plans and reports created by Charles W. Matthews while working at Ladislas Segoe & Associates.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 8 series by material type and topic. Reports on cities within the same state are grouped together in the same series.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

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Repository Details

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