William and Donna Mitchell family papers
This collection contains correspondence between William and Donna Mitchell, and various individuals and families seeking help with immigration to the United States from China. Also included are newspapers from Hong Kong, and various photographs of individuals and families, as well as some photographs from activities conducted by the Kansas Republican party.
- 1945 - 1965
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No access restrictions.
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Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
0.5 linear foot (1 document case)
Scope and Contents
The correspondence in this collection is between the Mitchell family and Chinese men and families. These men were sent to the United States after 1945 to learn about airline management. Because Mr. Mitchell worked as the foreman in the Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA) propeller shop, he got to know these men. The Mitchells took in and helped many men and families during this time, including Hsin Lo, T.K. Chao, the Li family, and a Korean man named Rocky.
After 1949, Hsin, Chao, and Rocky were never heard from again, possibly because they were associated with Chinese Nationalists. The Li family, however, successfully immigrated to the United States and lived in Oakland, California.
Though some letters are addressed as having Missouri addresses, the Mitchells also lived across the state line in Leawood, Kansas at one point. Donna Mitchell was involved with the Kansas Republican Party, and there is also material related to those activities in the collection.
RH MS 1487
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gifts, Bill Mitchell, 2000, 2006.
- Guide to the William and Donna Mitchell Family Collection
- William and Donna Mitchell family papers
- Finding aid prepared by anm. Finding aid encoded by anm.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
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- Preferred citation
William and Donna Mitchell family papers, RH MS 1487, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.