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Edward Page Mitchell papers

Identifier: M268

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Scope and Content

The collection contains a scrapbook titled "My Book of Bowdoin in College and Afterwards," and a scrapbook of letters about Mitchell's 1924 publication, "Memoirs of an Editor: Fifty Years of American Journalism." There is correspondence addressed to Mitchell at the Sun, personal correspondence, additional biographical material, and newspaper clippings. A bounty hunter's bill dated February 18, 1777 and other miscellaneous printed materials are also included.


  • Creation: 1777-1926, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1851 - 1926


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Biographical/Historical Note

Edward Page Mitchell was born in Bath, Maine on March 24, 1852. After graduating from Bowdoin College (Class of 1871), Mitchell worked as a journalist from 1871-1874 in Bath, in Lewiston for the Journal, and in Boston for the Daily Advertiser. From 1875-1926 he worked in New York City for The Sun; he was editor-in-chief for 50 years after succeeding Charles A. Dana. Mitchell was also a writer, considered a pioneer of the science fiction genre. He received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College in 1906, and from Columbia University in 1919. He also served as a Bowdoin overseer from 1917-1927. Mitchell died on January 22, 1927 in New London, Connecticut.


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Correspondence, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous materials relating to Mitchell's life and his work in journalism.

Guide to the Edward Page Mitchell Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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