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Collection Number: 01003

Collection Title: Samuel Chiles Mitchell Papers (#1003) 1861-1948 and undated

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Size About 12,000 items (15.0 linear feet)
Abstract Samuel Chiles Mitchell was president of the University of South Carolina, 1908-1913; president of the Medical College of Virginia, 1913-1914; president of Delaware College, 1914-1920; professor of history at the University of Richmond, 1895-1908 and 1920-1945; trustee of the Negro Rural School Fund of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation, 1908-1937. The collection contains family, personal, and professional correspondence; an autobiography by Samuel Chiles Mitchell; and other papers of Mitchell and his family. Included are letters from his professional colleagues and former students, labor leaders, and newspaper editors concerning the affairs of various institutions with which Mitchell was connected, public and higher education in the South, race relations, the education of African Americans, Jewish charitable activities, Baptist institutions and activities, the Young Men's Christian Association, labor-management relations and the unionization of southern workers, the New Deal, and other social and political issues. Family letters include those from Alice Broadus Mitchell to her mother discussing family life, and letters of the Mitchell children: Broadus, economic historian and professor at Occidental College, Johns Hopkins University, and Rutgers University, Socialist, and employee of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union; Terry, advertising executive in Waynesboro, Pa.; George, economist, instructor at Columbia University, and employee of the Resettlement Administration, Congress of Industrial Organizations, and Southern Regional Council; Morris, teacher at Ellerbe, N.C., the Park School in Snyder, N.Y., Teachers College at Columbia University, and Alabama State Teachers College, and secretary of the Southeastern Cooperative League in Clarksville, Ga.; and Mary, wife of George Orr Clifford, businessman of Akron, Ohio, Evansville, Ind., Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., Ilion, N.Y., and Southport, Conn. Notable correspondents include Edwin A. Alderman, Charles William Dabney, Virginius Dabney, Douglas Southall Freeman, Howard Odum, and George Foster Peabody.
Creator Mitchell, Samuel Chiles, 1864-1948.
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Samuel Chiles Mitchell in 1945 and 1946; George Sinclair Mitchell in 1956 and 1960; Broadus Mitchell in 1961; Mary Mitchell Clifford in 1963 and 1977; and Charlotte Mitchell Frey and Ellen Mitchell in 1998.
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.
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24 December 1864 Samuel Chiles Mitchell born in Coffeeville, Miss., the son of Morris Randolph and Grace Anne Chiles Mitchell.
1888 Receives M.A. degree from Georgetown (Kentucky) College.
1889-1891 Professor of history and Greek at Mississippi College.
30 June 1891 Married Alice Virginia Broadus of Louisville, Ky. She was the daughter of Dr. John A. Broadus. They had five children: John Broadus, George Sinclair, Morris Randolph, William Terry, Mary Adams.
1892-1895 Taught Latin at Georgetown College.
1899 Received Ph.D. degree from University of Chicago.
1895-1908 Professor of history at University of Richmond.
1908-1909 Visiting professor of history at Brown University.
1908-1913 President of the University of South Carolina.
1913-1914 President of the Medical College of Virginia.
1914-1920 President of Delaware College (later University of Delaware).
1920-1945 Professor of history at the University of Richmond.
1908-1937 Trustee of the Negro Rural School Fund of the Anna T. Jeanes Foundation.
1945 Retired and lived at Blue Ridge and Montreat, N.C.
20 August 1948 Died.
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Family, personal, and professional correspondence and other papers of Samuel Chiles Mitchell and his family. Included are letters from Mitchell's professional colleagues and former students, labor leaders, and newspaper editors concerning the affairs of various institutions with which Mitchell was connected; public and higher education in the South; race relations; the education of African Americans; Jewish charitable activities; Baptist institutions and activities; the Young Men's Christian Association; labor-management relations and the unionization of southern workers; the New Deal; and other social and political issues.

Family letters include those from Alice Broadus Mitchell to her mother discussing family life, and letters of the Mitchell children: Broadus Mitchell, economic historian and professor at Occidental College, Johns Hopkins University, and Rutgers University, Socialist, and employee of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union; Terry Mitchell, advertising executive at Waynesboro, Pa.; George, economist, instructor at Columbia University, and employee of the Resettlement Administration, Congress of Industrial Organizations, and Southern Regional Council; Morris Mitchell, teacher at Ellerbe, N.C., the Park School in Snyder, N.Y., Teachers College at Columbia University, and Alabama State Teachers College, and secretary of the Southeastern Cooperative League in Clarksville, Ga.; and Mary Mitchell Clifford, wife of George Orr Clifford, businessman of Akron, Ohio, Evansville, Ind., Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., Ilion, N.Y., and Southport, Conn.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948.

About 5200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Family, personal, and professional correspondence of Samuel Chiles Mitchell. Included is correspondence with former students of Mitchell and teachers and administrators in colleges and universities in the South and elsewhere. These letters discuss the careers of the writers and the activities and problems of the institutions with which they were associated. There is a substantial amount of correspondence with persons connected with Delaware College (now the University of Delaware), 1915-1922 and 1929-1930; the University of Richmond, 1920s-1945; Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pa., 1926-1940s; Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton, Va., 1920s; the University of Virginia Medical School, 1921-1924; and the University of South Carolina, 1908-1913.

Also included are many letters from persons engaged in public education in Virginia and other parts of the South. Mitchell helped to found the Cooperative Education Association of Virginia in 1904 and was active in many phases of education in Virginia, including public schools, education of African Americans, and higher education. Major correspondents include George Foster Peabody, J. H. Dillard, Arthur D. Wright, and others connected with the Southern Education Foundation, the General Education Board, and the Jeanes Fund.

In addition to letters about education, there are letters concerning race relations in the United States, Y.M.C.A. activities, Jewish charitable activities, Baptist Church affairs, the labor movement, the New Deal, and domestic and international politics.

Early correspondence includes letters of Alice Broadus Mitchell before her marriage and other Broadus family papers, as well as some papers of the parents of Samuel C. Mitchell. Letters, 1894-1913, from Alice Broadus Mitchell to her mother, Mrs. John A. Broadus, describe her life in Georgetown, Ky., Richmond, Va., and Columbia, S.C.

Volumes include "An Aftermath of Appomattox--A Memoir" by Samuel Chiles Mitchell. The memoir begins with his boyhood in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, and ends with a European trip in 1935. Along with the narrative of his life as a professor and administrator at institutions of higher education, Mitchell included comments on politics and events of the times, race relations, and social change. Family members issued 150 mimeographed copies of this memoir in 1954.

Other volumes include a scrapbook containing articles written by Samuel Chiles Mitchell while on a trip to Europe, with his impressions of various cities and countries; six pocket notebooks containing engagements, accounts, quotations, and miscellaneous memoranda for 1923, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, and 1945; the wedding book of Alice Virginia Broadus and Samuel Chiles Mitchell, 30 June 1891; and their 50th wedding anniversary book, which contains letters of congratulation, 30 June 1941.

Box 1

1861-1915 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 1

Box 2

1916-1921 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 2

Box 3

1922-August 1924 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 3

Box 4

September 1924-1926 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 4

Box 5

1927-1929 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 5

Box 6

1930-1932 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 6

Box 7

1933-1934 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 7

Box 8

1935-1937 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 8

Box 9

1938-1940 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 9

Box 10

1941-1943 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 10

Box 11

1944-20 October 1945 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 11

Box 12

21 October 1945-1947 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 12

Box 13

1948 and undated #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 13

Box 14

Printed materials #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 14

Volumes 1-7 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 14

Box 15

Volumes 8-10 #01003, Series: "A. Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Family Papers, 1861-1948. " Box 15

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse B. Broadus Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Mostly letters from Broadus Mitchell to his parents. Mitchell wrote about studying and teaching economics at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md., 1920s and 1930s; teaching at Occidental College, Los Angeles, Cal., 1941; working with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, 1944; and other matters. Also included are letters from Broadus's first wife Adelaide and second wife, Louise Pearson Mitchell, as well as from his children, Barbara (Bobs) and Sidney, in the 1940s.

Box 16

1914-1935 #01003, Series: "B. Broadus Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 16

Box 17

1936-1948 and undated #01003, Series: "B. Broadus Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 17

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About 1200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters from Morris Mitchell to his parents about his studies and serving in the United States Army in France before 1920; studying at Peabody College and teaching in Ellerbe, N.C., and the Park School, Snyder, N.Y., in the 1920s; teaching in the Park School and at Columbia University Teachers College in the 1930s; teaching at State Teachers College, Florence, Ala., and engaging in various projects for cooperative living in Georgia and Michigan in the 1940s, including his work as secretary of the Southeastern Cooperative League. Also included are letters from Morris's first wife Grace and second wife Barbara.

Box 18

1914-1932 #01003, Series: "C. Morris Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 18

Box 19

1933-1939 #01003, Series: "C. Morris Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 19

Box 20

1940-1948 #01003, Series: "C. Morris Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 20

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse D. Terry Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters from Terry Mitchell to his parents about working in the advertising department of the Frick Company in Waynesboro, Pa. Terry Mitchell was advertising manager at the time of his father's death in 1948. Also included are letters from Terry's wife Anne.

Box 21

1914-1948 and undated #01003, Series: "D. Terry Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 21

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse F. George Sinclair Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters from George Sinclair Mitchell to his parents about studying economics at Johns Hopkins University in the 1920s and at Columbia University in the early 1930s and working for the Resettlement Administration in 1937 and with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1944. There are also letters from George's wife Alice. Also included is a film entitled Faces of the South, which apparently was distributed by the Broadcasting and Film Commission of the National Council of Churches.

Box 29

1914-1933 #01003, Series: "F. George Sinclair Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 29

Box 30

1934-1948 #01003, Series: "F. George Sinclair Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 30

T-1003/1 Faces of the South #01003, Series: "F. George Sinclair Mitchell Papers, 1914-1948. " Box 30

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse G. Pictures, 1914-1948.

About 30 items.

Pictures of Samuel Chiles Mitchell, Alice Broadus Mitchell, members of their family, and others. There are also photographs of George Sinclair Mitchell and associates.

P-1003/1: Samuel Chiles Mitchell, ca. 1866. 10.7 x 8.1 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/2: Samuel Chiles Mitchell, ca. 1925. 27.7 x 17.6 cm. Photographer: Eastland? #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/3: Samuel Chiles Mitchell, ca. 1930. 16.9 x 12.4 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/4: Samuel Chiles Mitchell, ca. 1940. 6.2 x 8.9 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/5: Samuel Chiles Mitchell and Billy F. Johnson, 1945. 12.8 x 8.8 cm. On verso: "Taken at Blue Ridge, NC." #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/6: Samuel Chiles Mitchell, 1891. Wedding portrait. Cabinet card. Photographer: Stuber, Louisville, Ky. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/7: Alice Broadus Mitchell, 1891. Wedding portrait. Cabinet card. Photographer: Stuber, Louisville, Ky. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/8: Alice Broadus Mitchell, ca. 1925. 11.7 x 15.1 cm. Photographer: the Foster Studio, Richmond, Va. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/9: Alice Broadus Mitchell, ca. 1925. 8.1 x 5.4 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/10: Two women, one of whom is probably Alice Broadus Mitchell, ca. 1940. 11.5 x 6.9 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/11: Portrait of unidentified group; Samuel Chiles Mitchell is in front row, third from right, ca. 1940. 9.6 x 11.9 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/12: Founders Day at the University of South Carolina, 1911. Sitting (left to right): Robert Wilson, S. A. Knoggs, Walter Hines Page. Standing (left to right): W. K. Tate, Alice Broadus Mitchell, Mrs. Walter Hines Page, Euphemia McClintock, Samuel Chiles Mitchell. 20.5 x 25.3 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/13: Children of John A. Broadus, ca. 1882. Standing (left to right): Alice Virginia, Annie, Ella. Sitting (left to right): Boyce, Eliza, Samuel. 20.5 x 25.3 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/14: Ellen and Charlotte, ca. 1940. On verso: "Children of George S. Mitchell." 8.9 x 6.3 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/15: Anne, Martha, and Jane Poindexter, ca. 1940. 13 x 8.4 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/16-22: Snapshots of unidentified people, ca. 1940. 8.9 x 6.3 cm. to 6.9 x 11.5 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/23-24: Souvenir pictures of Istanbul and Sanssourci, ca. 1940. 6.1 x 9.3 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/25-26: Georgetown College, Ky., ca. 1940. Postcards. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/27: House, ca. 1945. On verso: "Probably the home of George S. Mitchell in Atlanta." 6.2 x 8.9 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

P-1003/28: Unidentified lake, ca. 1940. 6.9 x 11.5 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

OP-P-1003/29: Samuel and alice Mitchel, 1941. 22.7 x 17.9 cm. Photographer: Foster. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

PA-1003/1: "Family Photographs," ca. 1890-1940. Portraits of Alice Virginia Broadus Mitchell, Samuel Chiles Mitchell, Charlotte Eleanor Sinclair Broadus, John A. Broadus, Grace Ann Chiles Mitchell, Morris Randolph Mitchell. Homemade album (10 photographs). 11 x 16 cm. #01003, Series: "G. Pictures, 1914-1948. " Box 30

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Items separated include pictures (P-1003/1-28), oversized picture (OP-P-1003/29), picture album (PA-1003/1), oversized papers (OP-1003), oversized volume (S-1003/7), and film (F-1003/1).

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