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Edward A. Mitchell papers

Identifier: L618

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Edward A. Mitchell's congressional papers (1946-1949), including correspondence regarding veterans' claims and benefits, and papers relating to Mitchell's service on the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Committee; correspondence and legislative papers regarding bills introduced or supported by Mitchell, including the Taft-Hartley Act, the elimination of the tax on oleomargarine, the abolition of the War Assets Administration, and changes in the Chinese Immigration Law; his correspondence with constituents concerning the work of federal agencies, including complaints, and requests for information and assistance; constituent correspondence regarding current events and legislation before Congress; his speeches in Congress and before civic and political groups; press releases and other publicity issued by his office; papers relating to his 1946 and 1948 Congressional campaigns; papers relating to his work as an anti-communist; and correspondence regarding his resignation from the Jewish Congressional Advisory Board (1947). Also included are papers relating to the 1947 Evansville mayoral election. Correspondents include Omar N. Braldey, Homer Capehart, Charles A. Halleck, and Joseph McCarthy.

There is also a plot plan for Schick General Hospital in Clinton, Iowa and an issue of the Clinton Herald, ranging from 1945 to 1947 (OBC134).


  • 1928-1950


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.

Biographical Note

Edward A. Mitchell was vice president and general manager of Hesmer Foods, Inc. in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana (1937-1946) and president of the company (1946-1979); lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, in command of underwater demolition team during World War II; Republican member of U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1949); and Vanderburgh County Councilman (1949-1951).


8.36 Cubic Feet (25 manuscripts boxes, 1 large oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edward A. Mitchell on 1965/11/17.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/19 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/19 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/28 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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