Bailey, Garrick. "John Joseph Mathews: Osage, 1894–." In American Indian Intellectuals: 1976 Proceedings of The American Ethnological Society, edited by Margot Liberty, pp. 205-14. St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1978.
In-depth account of Mathews's ancestry, life, and writings.
Wilson, Terry P. "Osage Oxonian: The Heritage of John Joseph Mathews." Chronicles of Oklahoma LIX, No. 3 (Fall 1981): 264-93.
Comprehensive overview of Mathews's life and career.
Hunter, Carol. "The Historical Context in John Joseph Mathews' Sundown." MELUS 9, No. 1 (Spring 1982): 61-72.
Discusses social and political aspects of Sundown, particularly Mathews's treatment of Osage history of the late 1800s and first part of the twentieth century.
――――――. Review of Talking to the Moon, by John Joseph Mathews. World Literature Today 57, No. 1 (Winter 1983): 152-53.
Positive assessment of Mathews's autobiography. Hunter observes: "[There] is a spiritual essence conveyed through Mathews's acute and sensitive awareness of the esthetic but delicate balance so easily destroyed by man through greed and war. Nature lovers and environmentalists will appreciate Mathews, but Talking to the Moon is also an enriching experience for any reader."
Young, Mary E. Review of The Osages: Children of the Middle Waters, by John Joseph Mathews. The American Historical Review LXVII, No. 4 (July 1962): 1122-23.
Mixed review of The Osages, in which the critic faults the volume's lack of documentation.