Bruce Handiside Mitchell papers, 1932-1965 and [undated]

Mitchell, Bruce Handiside, b. 1908 d. 1963
Painter, Art teacher, Military officer
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence; photographs; drawings; a typescript; lyrics; and clippings.

REEL 110: Correspondence; photos; drawings; publications; and clippings. Most of the correspondence is with Mitchell's wife and his mother; letters from the war period and thereafter describe his activities as an Army artist and college art teacher.

REEL 324: Letters received, 1943-1965, mostly from the War Department regarding his service as an artist war correspondent in World War II; a typescript of "Requiem for Fats" (Fats Navarro) by Mitchell; lyrics for two songs by Mitchell; photographs of his paintings and of himself; 1 sketch; a curriculum vitae; and clippings.

REEL 1874: 15 photographs of Bruce Mitchell, his friends and work, including photographs of Mitchell painting jazz musicians as they perform.

Biographical/Historical Note: Army artist, landscape painter, teacher.

Donated 1964-1972 by Olivia Dehn Mitchell, widow of Bruce Handiside Mitchell.

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