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Donald Grant Mitchell papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 492

Scope and Contents

The Donald Grant Mitchell papers contain original correspondence and manuscripts by the prominent nineteenth-century New Haven area author. Correspondents include Henry Ward Beecher, Henry Augustin Beers, George Washington Cable, William Maxwell Evarts, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Noah Porter, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Scribner, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others. Writings include drafts for published and unpublished work and journals, including substantive drafts for Fresh Gleanings (1847), American Lands and Letters (1897-1899), English Lands, Letters and Kings (1889-1890), and Wet Days at Edgewood (1865), as well as an unpublished "History of Venice." Other materials include biographical and bibliographical material, financial and legal records, photographs, and printed ephemera.

Dates

  • 1787-1936

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Donald Grant Mitchell Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired through various gifts and purchases from 1938 to 1974. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Arranged according to Za Mitchell numbers in card catalog.

Associated Materials

Scrapbooks classed as Za M692 +S1.

Donald Grant Mitchell Papers (MSS #140). New Haven Museum, New Haven, Connecticut.

Extent

5.26 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.mitchell

Overview

The Donald Grant Mitchell papers contain original correspondence and manuscripts by the prominent nineteenth-century New Haven-area author. Correspondents include Henry Ward Beecher, Henry Augustin Beers, George Washington Cable, William Maxwell Evarts, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Noah Porter, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Scribner, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others. Writings include drafts for published and unpublished work and journals, including substantive drafts for Fresh Gleanings (1847), American Lands and Letters (1897-1899), English Lands, Letters and Kings (1889-1890), and Wet Days at Edgewood (1865), as well as an unpublished "History of Venice." Other materials include biographical and bibliographical material, financial and legal records, photographs, and printed ephemera.

Donald Grant Mitchell (1822-1908)

Donald Grant Mitchell, essayist and novelist, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, graduated from Yale College in 1841 and, after serving abroad briefly as U.S. consul in Venice, Italy, from 1853 to 1854, settled near New Haven, Connecticut. Mitchell wrote literary criticism, travel literature, and volumes of essays on rural themes, including Reveries of a Bachelor (1850), My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863), and Rural Studies (1867). Other works include the novel Doctor Johns (1866), About Old Story Tellers (1878), and American Lands and Letters (1897–1899).

Processing Information

The collection received preliminary processing at an unknown date. During further processing in 2011, the material was listed below in the order in which it was arranged and described in the card catalog (Za Mitchell 1, Za Mitchell 2, etc.), with broad groupings for correspondence, writings, and other papers.

Formerly classed as Za Mitchell.
Title
Guide to the Donald Grant Mitchell Papers
Author
by Michael Rush and Aubrey Novak
Date
August 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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