Guide to the Nina Cornelia Mitchell Papers, 1854-1958


Chiefly family correspondence, including that of Miss Mitchell, of Flushing, N.Y., and Shepherdstown, W. Va., relating to her relief work in Europe during and after World War I. Topics include U. S. Army camps, British Expeditionary Forces hospitals and nurses in France, refugees in Italy, various organizations for wounded soldiers, such as Le Phare de France, and the role women played in relief work. Some letters after World War I relate to continued European relief work and the Food for France Fund. Other correspondence includes that of John Fulton Berrien Mitchell, Sr., an officer in the 2nd New York Volunteer Cavalry, 1862-1864, concerning ordnance and camp and garrison equipage.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Nina Cornelia Mitchell papers
Mitchell, Nina Cornelia, 1854-1958
13 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

Chiefly family letters; genealogical material; Civil War papers of John Fulton Berrien Mitchell, Sr., an officer in the 2nd New York Volunteer Cavalry, 1862-1864, concerning ordnance and camp and garrison equipage; and letters concerning European travel in the 1870s; life in Columbia University during the early 1900s; life in France, Italy, and England and the United States during World War I; British Expeditionary Forces hospitals and nurses; treatment of wounded soldiers, especially the work among the blind of an organization called Le Phare de France; war work by women; postwar relief work; the Food for France Fund; life in Paris during the 1920s; and Sufism.

Correspondents include John Fulton Perrien, Jr.; Henry Bedinger; Edward Bedinger Mitchell; Nina Cornelia (Mitchell) Wickham (the aunt of Nina Cornelia Mitchell); Gladys Elliott; Winifred Holt; and John Fulton Berrien Mitchell, Jr.

There are also a few miscellaneous legal and financial papers and miscellaneous invitations, calling cards, school exercises by John Berrien Mitchell, Sr., at Columbia College, 1860-1861; report cards, 1890s, for Stephen H. Dandridge at Shepherd College; solicitations from charities clippings; and diaries and miscellaneous writings by various family members, especially by Nina Cornelia Mitchell about her experiences, particularly in Europe. One diary, 1860, by Sarah P. (Berrien) Mitchell describes a trip to Lake Superior and the mines which she saw there. There are also photographs of family members and of their homes.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Nina Cornelia Mitchell Papers, 1854-1958

27 boxes, 1 oversize folder
Correspondence, 1854-1899 (including Civil War accounts and reports of J.F.B. Mitchell)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1876 September 4-1915 June 30
Box 2
Correspondence, 1900-1916
Box 3
Correspondence, 1915 July 4-1928 January 5
Box 4
Correspondence, 1917-1918 May
Box 5
Correspondence, 1918 June-1919
Box 6
Correspondence, 1920-1921 July
Box 7
Correspondence, 1921 August-1922 April
Box 8
Correspondence, 1922 May-1923
Box 9
Correspondence, 1924-1927
Box 10
Correspondence, 1928-1934 June
Box 11
Correspondence, 1924 July-1940
Box 12
Correspondence, 1941 May 26-1950 December 14 and undated.
Box 13
Correspondence, 1941-1958 and undated.
Box 14
Legal papers
Box 15
Financial papers, 1907-1940s
Box 15
Miscellany, 1858-1919 and undated.
Box 15
French documents
Box 16
Beliefs and Membership Application of Ku Klux Klan
Box 16
Box 16
Financial papers
Box 16
Box 16
Printed materials
Box 16
Notebooks and diaries
Box 16
Box 17
Calling Cards
Box 18
Printed materials
Box 18
Box 18
Photographs: Various friends and relatives of Mitchell family
Box 19
European photographs
Box 19
Miscellaneous photographs
Box 19
Box 19
Photographs: William Mitchell & Edward Elbert Mitchell and their families
Box 20
Photographs: Various homes
Box 21
Photographs: Miniatures and miscellaneous photographs
Box 22
Photographs: Mitchell Family
Box 23
Box 24
Volume: "A Short Memoir of Reverend Edward Mitchell by his son William Mitchell"
Box 25
Volume: Photograph Album, 1860s
Box 26
Volumes (miscellaneous)
Box 27
Oversize materials
Oversize-folder 1

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The Nina Cornelia Mitchell Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1970.

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Encoded by Abraham Lee, January 2010