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William and Donna Mitchell family papers

Call Number: RH MS 1487


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.


  • Creation: 1945 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


0.5 linear foot (1 document case)

Language of Materials


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.

Physical Location

RH MS 1487

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Bill Mitchell, 2000, 2006.



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William and Donna Mitchell family papers, RH MS 1487, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States