The William Budd Matlock Papers include certificates, dance cards, diplomas, employment records, military records, newspaper clippings, notes, patches, photographs, publications, and student papers. Matlock's lifetime association with the military, from ROTC involvement in college to retirement from the Whidbey Island Naval Station, is documented throughout this collection. Materials reflecting Matlock's World War II service include a handwritten list of his wartime assignments, a publication for GIs stationed in the Philippines, and printed sketches by a combat artist of war-torn Philippines.
Numbering 133 photographs in total (79 prints and 54 negatives), the images depict Matlock's experience at summer ROTC camps, work on a stream gaging project as a student, construction at Bonneville Dam, Matlock in the Philippines during World War II, and the Moses Lake (Wa.) area where he worked on an airfield construction project. Also included are portrait shots of Matlock at graduation and in ROTC military dress. Other OSC alumni featured in these images include Frank Marks, Larry Metcalf, and Shirley Stage.