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Mitchell Printing Company photograph collection

Identifier: P062

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs of operations, staff members, and books from the Mitchell Printing Company in Greenfield, Indiana around 1911. Photographs largely show printing equipment, printing processes, and employees.


  • circa 1911


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

William Mitchell founded the Mitchell Printing Company in Greenfield, Indiana in 1856. He became identified with the Greenfield Sentinel and later, the Hancock Democrat in 1859. He bought the printing plant from David S. Gooding at the close of the U.S. Civil War. In 1876, oldest son, John F. Mitchell, assumed full control of the business and became the sole owner, later bringing in his son, John F. Mitchell, Jr.

James Whitcomb Riley took an interest in the shop in his early days and had a corner office in which to write poems--the paper printed many of Riley's first works. The company also produced books for large publishers, including Bobb-Merrill Co. of Indianapolis.

In the 1950s, long-time employee Darold Fleming, in partnership with others, purchased the Hancock Democrat and the Mitchell Printing Company, changing the company name to Mitchell-Fleming Printing Company and combining the Democrat with the Hancock Journal to form the Hancock County Journal Democrat. Upon Fleming's death in 1962, the newspaper was sold, but the family retained control of the printing company. The Mitchell-Fleming Printing Company operates out of Knightstown, Indiana as of 2013.


Roland, Greg. "'Extra-Extra Read All About It' History of Newspapers, Printing, and Publishing Company's." City of Greenfield, Indiana, November 2013. Accessed March 16, 2017.


0.7 Cubic Feet (1 large clamshell box, 1 half-size manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation. Additional transfer from General Photograph Collection (P0) on 2018/10/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/03/16 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2017/03/16 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2018/10/03; 2021/08/06 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.