Samuel H. Mitchell Papers, 1929-1966, 1979

Manuscript Collection #389

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Samuel H. Mitchell Papers
Creator: Mitchell, Samuel H.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1929-1966, 1979) including photographs, clippings, correspondence, certificates of promotion and retirement, publication, newspaper clipping.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 90 items, consisting of photographs (1929-1963), clippings (ca. 1949-1979), correspondence, certificates of promotion and retirement, and publications dealing with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the career of Samuel H. Mitchell (1929-1966).

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Accessions Information

September 4, 1979, 90 items; Photographs, correspondence, clippings, and publications concerning the North Carolina Highway Patrol (1929-1965). Gift of Capt. Samuel H. Mitchell, Greenville, N.C.

February 2, 1984 (Unprocessed addition 1), 3 items; a History of the N.C. Highway Patrol, a pamphlet, and a clipping. donor: Capt. Samuel H. Mitchell

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Samuel H. Mitchell Papers (#389), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Capt. Samuel H. Mitchell

Processing Information

  • Processed by I. Berent, October 1980

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services

Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Samuel H. Mitchell in 1929 was among the first group of North Carolina State Highway Patrolmen. Initial training was held at Camp Glenn, near Morehead City. Mitchell was later stationed in various towns around North Carolina, including Durham, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and finally, Greenville. Mitchell rose through the Highway Patrol ranks until he attained, in 1950, the position of captain.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Photographs comprise the bulk of this collection. Many of the photos accurately depict the early State Highway Patrol (1929-1940), illustrating early uniforms, equipment, and motorcycles.

This is especially true of the group of photos taken of the patrolmen in each of the original nine highway patrol districts on their 1929 post-graduation tour through North Carolina. Other photographs- apparently taken during the tour-illustrate their arrival in Raleigh, where they met with Governor O. Max Gardner. Miscellaneous photographs include an autographed picture of Governor R. Gregg Cherry, a picture of post-World War I soldiers- possibly including Mr. Mitchell- of the Citizen's Military Training Camp at Anderson, Alabama, and a picture of Governor W. Kerr Scott during an inspection of the Patrol. The oversize file contains a view of unidentified servicemen.

Newspaper clippings deal primarily with events in the thirty-seven year career of Captain Mitchell. Also included in the collection are Mitchell's certificates of appointment as a member of the Patrol (1929); promotion to the ranks of sergeant (1931), lieutenant (1949), and captain (1950); and retirement (1966).

Correspondence concerns the dedication of a new Highway Patrol building near Elizabeth City in Captain Mitchell's honor (1963), Sergeant Mitchell's twenty years of "meritorious service" (1949), and his retirement (1967). One letter concerning the dedication of the building is from Congressman Herbert C. Bonner.

Printed material includes Institute of Government publications dealing with the Highway Patrol. Of particular note is a 1930 "State Highway Patrol Guide" which contains North Carolina traffic regulations of the period, maps and general information on North Carolina towns, and interesting vehicle-related advertisements. A proclamation of W. Kerr Scott (1952) dubbs Mitchell a "Country Squire." (Oversize file.)

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Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

    • Bonner, Herbert [Covington] 1963
    • Gardner, O[liver] Max (2) 1929, 1931
    • Moore, Dan[iel Killian] 1966
    • Scott, W[illiam] Kerr (2) 1949-1950

Geographic Entry :

  • North Carolina

Subject Entries :

    • N.C.— STATE DEPARTMENTS— Motor Vehicles— State Highway Patrol
    • TRANSPORTATION— Motorcycles
    • TRANSPORTATION— Police Vehicles
    • TRANSPORTATION— Traffic Police

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

NC— STATE DEPARTMENTS— Motor Vehicles— State Highway Patrol
Description: Policeman on motorcycle, State Fairgrounds; awards ceremony; Scott at Troop Inspection; on motorcycles with Bill Croom in center Kerr, Scott W.
Location: Raleigh, NC
Date: 1935-1936
Call Number: p-389/10(355), 29(357), 30(358), 28(356), 60(359)

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Oversize Folder os1#0389.os1
Photograph of unidentified servicemen
Oversize Folder os2#0389.os2
Proclamation of Governor W. Kerr Scott (1952)

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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