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Daisy Ghelson Mitchell and Daisie Allen Mitchell Papers

Finding Aid & Inventory

Daisie Ghelson Mitchell passed away in 1920 and was survived by four daughters. This collection contains memorabilia of her life and that of her daughter, Daisie Allen Mitchell, in North Carolina and Virginia. Materials include correspondence to Mrs. Daisy and Daisy Allen, education records, family memorabilia, photographs and portraits of family and friends, and writings by members of the Mitchell family.

Biographical and Historical Note

Mrs. Daisie Mitchell, born Daisie Ghelson, died in 1920 and was survived by four daughters: Daisie Allen Mitchell, Dorothy Perry Mitchell, Mary Martin Mitchell, and Helen Grace Mitchell. Daisie Allen was in the ninth grade at the time of her mother's death, and the ages of the other daughters are not known. The family resided in Charlie Hope, Virginia, but Daisie Allen moved to Norlina, North Carolina after her mother's passing to finish high school. She attended the state teacher's college in Farmville, Virginia. After college, she resided in Norlina, North Carolina and Isle of Wight, Virginia until 1930. She then relocated to Suffolk, Virginia, where held a teaching job.

Collection Overview

This collection provides memorabilia from the life of the Mitchell family, particularly Daisie Allen Mitchell and her mother Mrs. Daisie Mitchell. It covers the time period from Daisie Ghelson's marriage in 1901 to Seldon Mitchell up through Daisie Allen Mitchell's adult life. Materials in this collection include correspondence to Mrs. Daisie Mitchell and Daisie Allen Mitchell, academic reports, photographs and portraits of family and friends, writings by family members, and personal memorabilia.

This collection is organized into four series: 1. Correspondence and writings; 2.Education materials; 3. Personal and family memorabilia; and 4. Photos

Collection Inventory

  •  Series 1 Correspondence and writings (1900-1937)
    • "The Gholson Family" writing (undated) Box 1 Folder 25
    • "Code of Ethics" and other notes (undated) Box 1 Folder 26
    • Rose, Florence, letter (1900) Box 2 Folder 2
    • Ghelson, Daisie, wedding invitation (1901 December 4) Box 2 Folder 3
    • Unsigned letter and postcard, Farmville, Virginia (1921-1922) Box 2 Folder 6
    • Daisie Allen Mitchell diary (1922) Box 1 Folder 27
    • B., Will, letters (1925 July-September) Box 2 Folder 8
    • Unsigned letter, Holland, Virginia (1926 December 24) Box 2 Folder 10
    • Joe, letter (1927 February 25) Box 2 Folder 9
    • Rex, letters (1928-1929) Box 2 Folder 11
    • Helen, letter (1931) Box 2 Folder 13
    • Ned, letters (1931-1932) Box 2 Folder 12
    • Southern Railway System, letter (1932 December 9) Box 2 Folder 1
    • Mitchell, Dorothy Perry, wedding invitation (1933 September 17) Box 2 Folder 15
    • Vincent, Bill, letter (1937 May 20) Box 2 Folder 16
    •  Series 5 Writings and Notes (1922, undated)
  •  Series 2 Education materials (1919-1934)
    • Annual school report (1919 September-1920 January) Box 2 Folder 5
    • Quarterly grades, teacher's college (1925 June-1926 March) Box 2 Folder 7
    • Virginia Education Association membership materials (1934 June 7) Box 2 Folder 14
  •  Series 3 Personal and family memorabilia (1915-1932, undated)
    • "Canning, Preserving, Pickling," U.S. Department of Agriculture (1915 September 1) Box 1 Folder 28
    • Mrs. Daisie Mitchell obituary and clipping (1920 March 25) Box 1 Folder 29
    • National Bank of Suffolk ledger (1930-1932) Box 1 Folder 30
    • "Miss Daisie Allen Mitchell" engraved plate (undated) Box 1 Folder 1
  •  Series 4 Photographs (circa 1900-1940, undated)
    • Women near railroad and porch (undated) Box 1 Folder 2
    • Jeanette, two unnamed men, and three unnamed women, individual professional portraits (undated) Box 1 Folder 3
    • Unidentified men and women individual candids (undated) Box 1 Folder 4
    • Three older girls and one young boy in yard (undated) Box 1 Folder 5
    • Men on cabin porch (undated) Box 1 Folder 6
    • Young woman with dark hair portrait, related group photos (undated) Box 1 Folder 7
    • Family and friends at lake and cabin house (undated) Box 1 Folder 9
    • Two men in West Palm Beach, Florida (undated) Box 1 Folder 13
    • Young women individual and group portraits (undated) Box 1 Folder 10
    • Man in uniform portrait and candids (undated) Box 1 Folder 17
    • Scenery photos (undated) Box 1 Folder 19
    • Friends hiking candids (undated) Box 1 Folder 21
    • Children in garden or yard portraits (undated) Box 1 Folder 24
    • Mitchell children professional portrait, family in front of store photograph (circa 1900-1910) Box 1 Folder 16
    • Friends with a truck (circa 1915-1930) Box 1 Folder 12
    • Helen Mitchell professional portraits (circa 1915-1930) Box 1 Folder 23
    • Soldiers with aid truck (1918 October-November) Box 1 Folder 14
    • Daisie and friends in yard (circa 1920-1930) Box 1 Folder 8
    • Daisie and friends at beach and on windowsills (circa 1920-1930) Box 1 Folder 11
    • Daisie Mitchell professional portraits (circa 1920-1930) Box 1 Folder 18
    • Young men and women dressed up, posing on steps and benches (circa 1922) Box 1 Folder 15
    • Mary Mitchell, two men, and one woman, portraits and candids (circa 1920-1940) Box 1 Folder 20
    • Photo collection envelope and photographs (circa 1920-1940) Box 1 Folder 22

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Daisy Ghelson Mitchell and Daisie Allen Mitchell Papers
Date [inclusive]
1900-1940, undated
0.63 linear feet  1 document box, 1 half-document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2018 October 5
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
Daisy Ghelson Mitchell and Daisie Allen Mitchell Papers (MS 568), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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