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.
Series III: Correspondence dating from 1876 to 1935 contains letters between Mitchell and friends such as Robert Carter Jett, Benjamin Haden, Vinton Freedley, and N. W. Planck. There are also letters from Mitchell's students at Princeton University and from fans of his writings. Correspondents of Mitchell's during his youth include Chapman Mitchell, Charles Knox, Ernest Coleridge, and Charles Lowry. There is also extensive correspondence between Mitchell and his family members, including his father, S. Weir Mitchell; his brother, John K. Mitchell; and his sister-in-law, the painter, Anna Lea Merritt.
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 three series:
Includes screenplays and scenarios. Arranged in alphabetical order by title
Arranged in alphabetical order by type.