Guide to the Matthew W. Bullock Collection, 1904 - 1945Manuscript MS-1153

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Guide to the Matthew W. Bullock Collection, 1904 - 1945

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1153

Collection Dates:

1904 - 1945

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (4 linear ft.)


Matthew Washington Bullock (1881-1972), lawyer. Dartmouth College Honorary Doctor of Law in 1971. Consists of photographs, certificates and awards relating to his academic and professional achievements.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection


Use Restrictions

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Matthew Bullock collection contains photographs, certificates and awards relating to his academic and professional achievements. Of note are Dartmouth Class of 1904 photographs.


Matthew Washington Bullock was born Sept. 11, 1881, in Dabney, North Carolina. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1904, and Harvard Law School in 1907. While at Dartmouth he was on the varsity football and track team, sang in the Glee Club and was a member of the Aegis Board, the Paleopitus and the Executive Class Day Committee. From 1908-1912 he taught social sciences at Morehouse College, Atlanta. During his time at Morehouse he was also the head football coach. From 1912-1915 he practiced law in Atlanta after which he returned to academia, becoming the Dean of the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes, a position he held until 1917. During World War I he did war work with the Y.M.C.A. in France and the U.S. From 1919-1921 he was the Executive Secretary of the Boston Urban League and in 1921, returned to practicing law in Boston. In 1927, he combined law practice with work on the Massachusetts Parole Board, to which he was first appointed by Governor Alvin T. Fuller. When the term expired he was not reappointed by Governor James Curley, but acted as assistant to the Hon. Arthur Lyman, commissioner of corrections, for six years. In 1943, Governor Saltonstall persuaded Bullock to serve again on the Parole Board, which he did until his retirement. In 1945, Bullock was asked by Secretary of the Navy James Forestal to join a commission investigating condition between African American and white enlisted men in the Pacific area. In 1971, Matthew Bullock received an honorary Doctors of Law degree from Dartmouth College. He died on December 17, 1972 at the age of 91.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Photographs and Certificates, 1904-1945

Photograph, certificates and awards.

Box: 1, Dates: 1904-1945

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Photographs: Dartmouth Class of 1904, (2) Dartmouth Football Team (1904), 1904
  • Folder: 2, Photographs: Matthew Bullock in Chicago, 1932; Musical, N.D; Group N.D.; Burton Collins, St. Louis, MO.; Omega Psi Phi Conclave, Richmond, VA, 1932; Military, ca. 1940s; Massachusetts Board of Parole and Advisory, 1935; Thirty-fifth Reunion Dartmouth Class on 1904, 1932-1940s
  • Folder: 3, Photographs: Daniel Haynes, signed, 1932; William L. Reed, signed, 1925; Jay R. Benton, Attorney General of Massachusetts, 1925, 1925-1932
  • Folder: 4, Letter from Leverett Saltonstall, Governor of Massachusetts to Matthew W. Bullock appointing him to be Chairman of the Parole Board, 1944, 1944
  • Folder: 5, Certificates: Dartmouth College Athletics Council, 1904; State of Georgia Superior Court, 1912; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1917; United Sates of America District Court, 1919; National War Council of the Young Men's Christian Association, 1919; United Seamen's Service, 1945, 1904-1945

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1950-1987

Plaques: Omega Psi Pi Fraternity 45 Year Award, circa 1959; Urban leagues of Greater Boston Award, 1967; Black Awards Celebration of Dartmouth College, 1987

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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