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Lucy Sprague Mitchell papers, 1878-1967

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0884
Bib ID 4079116 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Mitchell, Lucy Sprague, 1878-1967
Title Lucy Sprague Mitchell papers, 1878-1967
Physical Description 34 boxes (33 boxes and one oversized item in a flat box)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-32. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.



Cataloged and arranged.



Mitchell's corrected manuscripts and correspondence and notes pertaining to them. Personal correspondence, including some with her husband, Wesley Clair Mitchell, forms only a small part of the collection. Also, notes and letters related to various projects in which she was involved and two boxes of photographs and drawings.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-32. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lucy Sprague Mitchell papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Related Material-- at Columbia

Reminiscences of Lucy Sprague Mitchell : oral history, 1960, Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-03-18 EAD container listed added to finding aid. CCR.

Subject Headings

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Mitchell, Wesley C (Wesley Clair), 1874-1948 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Educator, author. Mitchell was a prominent advocate of experimental education, founder of the Bank Street College of Education, and author of numerous books for children.

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Papers, 1878-1967

Box 1 Catalogued Correspondnce & Miscellaneous Personal Letters

Box 1 Letters from L.S. Mitchell to friends

Box 1 Book about Asia Mss, Parts of a diary

Box 1 Our Children and Our Schools--Letters to L.S. Mitchell

Box 1 Ford Foundation correspondence

Box 1 Heath & Company correspondence

Box 1 Correspondence with Paul J. Misner

Box 1 Correspondence with Agnes Snyder

Box 1 Correspondence with Blanche Kent Verbeck

Box 2 Folder 1 Sprague Children's Letters

Box 2 Folder 2 Childhood--Mother's album

Box 2 Folder 3 L.S. Mitchell

Box 2 Folder 4 Diary in Europe

Box 2 Folder 5 Mitchell children


Box 3 Folder 1 To W.C. Mitchell, 1909-1912

Box 3 Folder 2 From W.C. Mitchell, pre-marriage

Box 3 Folder 3 Engagement congratulations

Box 3 Folder 4 Family Letters

Box 3 Folder 5 Sympathy letters at husband's death

Box 4 Folder 1 Wesley C. Mitchell

Box 4 Folder 2 Berkeley

Box 4 Folder 3 Material about L.S. Mitchell

Box 4 Folder 4 Personal letters (Bank Street)

Box 4 Folder 5 Bank Street (West Coast)

Box 4 Folder 6 Bank Street Trips

Box 4 Folder 7 Radio Talks

Box 4 Folder 8 Speeches, Introductions

Box 4 Folder 9 Book Reviews

Box 4 Folder 10 "Every Child" (a film)

Correspondence on Works

Box 5 Folder 1 Readers--Inter-author

Box 5 Folder 2 Readers--Miscellaneous

Box 5 Folder 3 My Country, 2 folders

Box 5 Folder 4 Believe & Make Believe

Box 5 Folder 5 Two Lives, 2 folders

Unublished Manuscripts

Box 6 Teacher's Education

Box 6 Atlas

Box 6 For Adults

Box 6 Stories for Children

Notes on

Box 6 Folder 1 Basal readers

Box 6 Folder 2 Reader IV

Box 6 Folder 3 Reader V & VI

Box 7 Folder 1 Vocabularies

Box 7 Folder 2 Criticisms from Heath, 1945

Box 7 Folder 3 About Language

Box 7 Folder 4 Sketches of children

Box 7 Folder 5 Public School Workshops

Box 7 Folder 6 Children's Remarks & Stories

Box 7 Folder 7 Reader technique & editorial policy

Box 7 Folder 8 Kindergarten diary & children's stories

Box 8 Folder 1 Notes on Conferences on 9-10 year olds

Box 8 Folder 2 Baby Institute notes

Box 8 Folder 3 Pamphlet Reprint Duplicates

Box 9 Folder 1 Social Studies Curriculum

Box 9 Folder 2 Children Here & Now--College Pamphlets

Box 9 Folder 3 Pamphlet Reprints

Box 9 Folder 4 Miscellaneous pamphlets, magazines, etc.

Box 10 Photographs

Box 11 Photographs

Box 11 Sketchbooks

Box 11 Bookplate sketches

Box 11 Map sketches

Box 12 Printed Materials

Includes Bibliography for L.S. Mitchell in Box 12.

Box 13 Printed Materials

Box 14 Printed Materials

Box 15 Manuscripts

Box 16 Manuscripts

Box 17 Manuscripts

Box 18 Manuscripts

Box 19 Manuscripts

Box 20 Manuscripts

Box 21 Manuscripts

Box 22 Manuscripts

Box 23 Manuscripts

Box 24 Manuscripts

Box 25 Manuscripts

Box 26 Notes on children and teaching techniques

Box 27 Notes on children and teaching techniques

Box 27A Notes on children and teaching techniques

Box 28 Folder 1 Letters to LSM after death of WCM, 2 folders

Box 28 Folder 2 List of persons at WCM Columbia Service

Box 28 Folder 3 Children stories, 1919-1923

Box 28 Folder 4 Family Letters--Oxford period, 1931-1932

Box 28 Folder 5 Correspondence, 1927-1951

Box 28 Folder 6 LSM Correspondence, 1953

Box 28 Folder 7 LSM Correspondence, 1957-1960

Box 28 Folder 8 Bank Street

Box 28 Folder 9 Poems to WCM

Box 28 Folder 10 Berkeley-Honorary Degree, 1958

Box 28 Folder 11 [Robin. Nov. 2, 1948], 1948

Box 29 Folder 1 Miscellaneous materials, 1958-1962

Box 29 Folder 2 Photographs

Box 29 Folder 3 Manuscripts

Box 30 Manuscripts

Box 31 Folder 1 WCM--early years

Box 31 Folder 2 Early letters of WCM

Box 31 Folder 3 WCM letters to LSM--Oxford period, 1914-1919, 1931-1932

Box 31 Folder 4 WCM to LSM, 1920-1922

Box 31 Folder 5 Letters to WCM & LSM, 1920s

Box 31 Folder 6 Letters to LSM & WCM to children, 1931-1932

Box 31 Folder 7 WCM letters to Beulah Chute

Box 31 Folder 8 Correspondence with Beulah Chute

Box 31 Folder 9 Miscellaneous WCM Correspondence

Box 31 Folder 10 Robert S. Lynd file

Box 32 Folder 1 Index of diaries (WCM) in California years

Box 32 Folder 2 Clippings

Box 32 Folder 3 Miscellaneous WCM & LSM correspondence, 1909-1955

Box Flat Box 336 Phonograph: Mitchell, Lucy Spague "This I Believe", 1954