Theodore B. Mitchell Papers 1918-2008

Creator
Mitchell, Theodore B.
Size
4.25 linear feet
Location

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Call number
MC 00183

Theodore B. Mitchell (1890-1983) was a North Carolina State College professor of entomology for over thirty-five years. During his career, he researched "systematic entomology" and had a special focus on bees. The Theodore B. Mitchell Papers is comprised of professional and personal correspondence related to Mitchell's entomological interests as well as civic organization commitments.

Biographical/historical note

Theodore B. Mitchell was born on October 26, 1890, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He attended Massachusetts Agricultural College (now University of Massachusetts, Amherst), from which he graduated with a B.S. degree in 1920. He also served in the U.S. Army as a Band Sargeant, spending one year in France during World War I. Mitchell was employed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture in 1920 as an Assistant Entomologist. In that capacity he conducted extensive field surveys, and the focus on "systematic entomology" that was to dominate his future research came into being. Furthering his education, Mitchell obtained the M.S. degree from North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) in 1924, and completed his education with an S.D. degree from Harvard University in 1928.

Joining the NCSC faculty in 1925, Dr. Mitchell was promoted to associate professor in 1930, and achieved the rank of full professor in 1938, a position that he held until his retirement in 1961. Mitchell continued his research for many years after his retirement, and was a noted figure in the field of entomology. The special attention given to bees throughout his career culminated in the publication of Bees of the Eastern United States, a two-volume manual of the entire bee fauna.

Dr. Mitchell was a memer of many honorary and professional fraternities and organizations, most notably Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, the Entomological Society of America, and the North Carolina Academy of Science.

Dr. Mitchell was married to Miss Olivia Gowan of Raleigh in 1924, and they had one son, Richard. T.B. Mitchell died on February 10, 1983.

Scope/content

The Theodore B. Mitchell Papers consists of correspondence, research notes, glass plate lantern slides, and newspaper clippings pertaining to Theodore B. Mitchell's career and his research on "systematic entomology," and in particular his study of bees (which culminated in the publication of the two-volume Bees of the Eastern United States). The Professional Correspondence series contains letters to colleagues in the field of entomology and includes, among others, letters to and from the British Museum of Natural History, the California Academy of Sciences, the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the College of Tropical Agriculture. The Personal Correspondence series contains letters to friends and family members, as well as letters that document his involvement with various civic organizations.

  • Bees--United States.
  • Entomologists.
  • Entomology--Study and teaching.
  • Insects--Classification.
  • Lantern slides.
  • Mitchell, Theodore B.

Physical description

8 archival storage boxes and 1 card box

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Theodore B. Mitchell Papers, MC 00183, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transfer from Department of Entomology, School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, April 22, 1986, and July 2007. The last departmental transfer was Accession Number 2007-0231. In addition accessions made through the following donations: gift of Sam Droege, 2008 (Accession 2008-0068), and gift of Janet Mitchell, 2008 (Accession 2008-0272).

Professional Correspondence
Size: 2.75 linear feet

6 archival storage boxes

By Individual
Alex, A.H.
Half box 1, Folder 1
Baker, James R.
Half box 1, Folder 2
Biol, Mario Sousa S.
Half box 1, Folder 3
Bohart, Richard M. and G.E. [Folder 1 of 2]
Half box 1, Folder 4
Bohart, Richard M. and G.E. [Folder 2 of 2]
Half box 1, Folder 5
Bradley, J. Chester
Half box 1, Folder 6
Covell, Charles V., Jr.
Half box 1, Folder 7
Evans, Howard E.
Half box 1, Folder 8
Krombein, Dr. Karl V. [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 1
Krombein, Dr. Karl V. [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 2
Krombein, Dr. Karl V. [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 3
La Berge, Wallace E. [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 2, Folder 4
La Berge, Wallace E. [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 2, Folder 5
Lanham, U.N.
Box 2, Folder 6
McClay, A.T.
Box 2, Folder 7
Medler, J.T.
Box 2, Folder 8
Michner, Charles D. [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 9
Michner, Charles D. [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 10
Michner, Charles D. [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 2, Folder 11
Milliron, Herbert
Box 2, Folder 12
Moldenke, Andrew R.
Box 3, Folder 1
Montgomery, B. Elwood
Box 3, Folder 2
Morse, Roger A.
Box 3, Folder 3
Moure, P.J.
Box 3, Folder 4
Muesebeck, C.F.W.
Box 3, Folder 5
Osychniuk, A.Z.
Box 3, Folder 6
Parker, Frank
Box 3, Folder 7
Pasteels, J.J.
Box 3, Folder 8
Ponomareva, Anna A.
Box 3, Folder 9
Ribble, D.W.
Box 3, Folder 10
Ribble, D.W.
Box 3, Folder 11
Roberts, Radclyffe B.
Box 3, Folder 12
Rodeck, Hugo G.
Box 3, Folder 13
Rozen, Jerome G.
Box 3, Folder 14
Scullen, H.A.
Box 3, Folder 15
Snelling, Roy
Box 3, Folder 16
Stephen, William P. [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 3, Folder 17
Stephen, William P. [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 3, Folder 18
Timberlake, P.H. [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 1
Timberlake, P.H. [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 2
Timberlake, P.H. [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 3
Toro, Harold
Box 4, Folder 4
Townes, Henry
Box 4, Folder 5
Weems, Howard V., Jr. [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 6
Weems, Howard V., Jr. [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 7
Weems, Howard V., Jr. [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 4, Folder 8
Multiple-Entry Files
Atyeo; Bennett; Dietrich; Eickwort
Box 4, Folder 9
Boucek; Macek; Pulawski
Box 4, Folder 10
Butler; Werner
Box 4, Folder 11
Chandler; Comeau; Cooper
Box 4, Folder 12
Hedicke; Hill; Hiroshima; Hubbell
Box 4, Folder 13
Lieftinck; Ordway; Schlinger
Box 4, Folder 14
By Subject Letter Heading
G
Box 5, Folder 1
H
Box 5, Folder 2
I - J
Box 5, Folder 3
K [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 4
K [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 5
L
Box 5, Folder 6
M [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 7
M [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 8
N
Box 5, Folder 9
P - Q [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 10
P - Q [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 5, Folder 11
R
Box 5, Folder 12
S [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 1
S [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 6, Folder 2
T
Box 6, Folder 3
U - V
Box 6, Folder 4
W
Box 6, Folder 5
X - Z
Box 6, Folder 6
By Topic
British Museum of Natural History
Box 6, Folder 7
California Academy of Sciences
Box 6, Folder 8
Editorial Notes
Box 6, Folder 9
Illinois Natural History Survey
Box 6, Folder 10
Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences
Box 6, Folder 11
Rockefeller Foundation, Imp. College of Tropical Ag.
Box 6, Folder 12
Types of Collections
Box 6, Folder 13
Misc. Professional Correspondence
Box 6, Folder 14
Personal Correspondence
Size: 0.2 linear feet

1 archival storage box

Perez Simmons
Half box 7, Folder 1
Political
Half box 7, Folder 2
Undated
Half box 7, Folder 3
Dated
Half box 7, Folder 4
Glass Plate Lantern Slides 1920-1939
Size: 0.5 linear feet

Contained here are glass plate lantern slides of insects (including but not exclusively bees), index cards (possibly to slides), and mounted dragonflies. These item had been discovered in the offices or labs of the Department of Entomology, and they were transferred to Special Collections in July 2007. These materials have not been archivally processed.

75 glass plate lantern slides

Slides
Box 8
Travel Diaries and Field Notes 1920-1963
Size: 0.05 linear feet

Diaries and notes from research trips and personal travel.

no content

Travel Diaries and Field Notes 1920-1963
Half box 7, Folder 5
Unprocessed Materials 1941-2008
Size: 0.05 linear feet

Addition donated by Janet Mitchell, daughter-in-law of Theodore B. Mitchell: 1 small box of photographic slides and 1 notebook of memoirs, correspondence, newsclippings, interview transcript, and other documents.

no content

Notebook and Slides 1941-2008
Box 9
Entomology Club Newsletter (dedicated to Dr. Mitchell) 1963
Box 9

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Theodore B. Mitchell Papers, MC 00183, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.