Antoinette Johnson Matthews papers
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Antoinette Johnson Matthews papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Matthews, Antoinette Johnson
Title: Antoinette Johnson Matthews papers
Dates: 1880-1974, undated
Quantity: 1.26 linear ft. (3 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: ahc.MSS149

Biographical/Historical Note

Antoinette Johnson Matthews was born in DeKalb County, Georgia, on September 1, 1894, to Daniel and Willie Johnson. She was married to William Collins Matthews of Atlanta, Georgia on June 17, 1925. Her grandfather was John Gerdine Johnson (1817-1883) who owned most of the land where the Druid Hills neighborhood is now situated. She was the founder and headmistress of the Out of Doors School in Atlanta, Georgia, the first private kindergarten in Atlanta. Many prominent Atlantans including Sam Massell and George and Jack Adair attended the school which she ran out of her home. Matthews wrote Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People, a pictorial presentation with commentary on past owners of the homes along Oakdale Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. The book also contains a genealogical supplement. Matthews died in Atlanta, Georgia, on August 27, 1989

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, typed manuscripts and notes, autograph books, travel diaries, newspaper clippings, and registration forms for students in her Out of Doors School. Correspondence covers topics such as Matthews’ retirement party and a reunion for former students of the Out of Doors School as well as suggestions and orders for Matthews' book, Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People. There are also Christmas newsletters sent by Matthews as well as letters from Sibyl Hathaway, the Dame of Sark; George and Jack Adair; and award letters from Rich’s department store. The typed manuscripts include notes for Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People as well as genealogical research for the book with emphasis on the Johnson and Medlock families. Other typed manuscripts include personal writings on topics such as Matthews’ travels, church life, her views on property ownership, and her time at school. The travel diaries cover her trips in the 1950s and 1960s to South America; Europe; Russia; and Turkey. Her two autograph books include one from her sixth and seventh grade classes at Decatur Public School (1906) and at Edgewood Public School (1907) and one owned by her mother, Willie Medlock from 1880-1884. Newspaper clippings cover the topics of the Dame of Sark, her trips abroad, and articles about her extended family. Other records include a program for DeKalb County Centennial Celebration in 1922 and certificates that include her education records at Emory University Extention, land indenture for land lot 50 in district 18, D. W. Johnson's membership in the State Marketing Commission, and Billy Carver's Druid Hills Kindergarten certificate where Matthews was the principal.


This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Adair, George Washington, b. 1823
Adair, Jack, 1913-
Autograph albums--Georgia--Atlanta
International travel.
Matthews, Antoinette Johnson
Oakdale Road (Atlanta, Ga.)
Oakdale Road (Atlanta, Ga.)--History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Antoinette Johnson Matthews papers, MSS 149, James G. Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2011.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Related Material

All visual arts materials have been separated from the collection and are unprocessed. Please contact an archivist for access to these materials.

Container List




11Autograph Books, 1880-1884, 1906-1907



MSS OS 1.81Certificates, 1827-1951, undated
2Correspondence, General, 1916-1974, undated
3Correspondence, Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People, 1971-1975, undated
4DeKalb County Centennial Celebration, 1922 November 9
5Newspaper Clippings, 1925-1970, undated
6Out of Doors School records, 1915-1966, undated
7Out of Doors School registration cards, Names A-E, 1934-1964, undated



21Out of Doors School registration cards, Names F-J, 1934-1964, undated
2Out of Doors School registration cards, Names K-R, 1934-1963, undated
3Out of Doors School registration cards, Names S-Z, 1932-1961, undated
4Scrapbook, My Commencement, 1912
5Ten Leading Ladies of Atlanta, 1974-1975
6Travel Diary, Europe, 1954, 1961



31Travel Diary, Northern Europe, 1955
2Travel Diary, South America, 1963
3Travel Diary, Western Europe, 1957
4Writing, Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People Manuscript and notes, 1922-1972, undated
5Writing, Oakdale Road: Its History and Its People, Genealogical supplement notes, 1922, 1974, undated
6Writing, Typed Manuscripts, undated