Scope and arrangement
The Langdon Mitchell papers consist mainly of drafts and outlines of plays and screenplays written by Mitchell. Some of these plays were produced on Broadway, such as Becky Sharp, the New York Idea, In the Season, Major Pendennis and The Kreutzer Sonata. While the majority of the material in the Plays series is made up of drafts, occasionally other items pertaining to the plays are included, such as programs, correspondence, agreements, clippings, flyers and various publicity materials.
Series II: Other Writings has extensive journals and diaries that Mitchell kept for over several decades. Many of them pertain to drama and poetry and were partially indexed by Mitchell. The texts, notes and extracted quotations for Mitchell's lectures on playwriting at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 1928 to 1930, are also included here.
Materials on Mitchell's poetry and his correspondence with Dorothy Thomas are held in the Manuscripts and Archives Division. See related collections.
The Langdon Mitchell papers are arranged in two series: