unc logo

Collection Number: 01917-z

Collection Title: Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Journal, 1838-1870.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Collection Overview

Size 1 item
Abstract Mary Elizabeth Mitchell was the daughter of Dr. Charles J. Mitchell and Mary Davis Mitchell and the granddaughter of Joseph E. Davis (died 1870), older brother of Jefferson Davis. The collection includes a typed transcription of the journal of Mary Elizabeth "Lise" Mitchell, 1862-1865 and 1867, at Fleetwood Plantation in Mississippi and at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Journal entries contain many references to her great-uncle Jefferson Davis and his family. Also included are transcriptions of family letters, including several from her parents, Mary (Davis) Mitchell and Dr. Charles J. Mitchell, 1838-1839, who were living in Paris, France, while Dr. Mitchell completed his medical studies; several from her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Davis of Hurricane Plantation in Mississippi, 1845-1849, discussing family affairs; and others, 1865-1870, from various persons, including Jefferson and Varina Davis, discussing family fortunes during Reconstruction.
Creator Mitchell, Mary Elizabeth, 1842-1927.
Language English
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Information For Users

Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Journal, #1917-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Originals lent for copying by Mrs. John G. O'Kelley of Pass Christian, Miss., November 1951.
Location of Originals
Original manuscript privately owned at time of copying. Now located at Tulane University, New Orleans, La.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Biographical Information

Mary Elizabeth Mitchell (1842-1927) was the daughter of Dr. Charles J. Mitchell and Mary Davis Mitchell and the granddaughter of Joseph E. Davis (died 1870), older brother of Jefferson Davis.

Back to Top

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Scope and Content

The collection includes a typed transcription of the journal of Mary Elizabeth "Lise" Mitchell, 1862-1865 and 1867, at Fleetwood Plantation in Mississippi and at Tuscaloosa, Ala. Journal entries contain many references to her great-uncle Jefferson Davis and his family. Also included are transcriptions of family letters, including several from her parents, Mary Davis Mitchell and Dr. Charles J. Mitchell, 1838-1839, who were living in Paris, France, while Dr. Mitchell completed his medical studies; several from her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Davis of Hurricane Plantation in Mississippi, 1845-1849, discussing family affairs; and others, 1865-1870, from various persons, including Jefferson and Varina Davis, discussing family fortunes during Reconstruction.

Back to Top

Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Journal, 1838-1870.

Back to Top

Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

Back to Top