Stephens Mitchell papers
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Stephens Mitchell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Mitchell, Stephens, 1896-1983
Title: Stephens Mitchell papers
Dates: 1921-1950, undated
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft. (1 half document case, 1 oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS159

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Stephens Mitchell, called Stephens, was the second of three children born to Eugene Muse Mitchell (1866-1944) and his wife Mary Isabel "Maybelle" Stephens (1872-1919). He had an elder brother, Russell Stephens Mitchell (1894-1894) and a sister, Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell (1900-1949) who wrote "Gone with the Wind." Stephens Mitchell attended the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Stephens joined his father and uncle, Gordon Mitchell, in the law firm Mitchell and Mitchell practising land title law. Like his father he was an historian. On 3 May 1927 Stephens Mitchell married Caroline Louise Reynolds (21 May 1902 - Aug. 1950), called Carrie Lou. She was the daughter of Fannie Hansberger and Joseph Shewmake Reynolds and the sister of artist Glascock Reynolds (1903-1967). Stephens and Carrie Lou Mitchell had two sons, Eugene Muse Mitchell (6 April 1931-8 Aug. 2007, married Virginia, lived in Michigan) and Joseph Reynolds Mitchell. After Carrie Lou's death in 1950, Stephens Mitchell married Anita Benteen (12 Aug. 1902-25 April 1978) the daughter of Frederick William Benteen. Stephens Mitchell was president of the Atlanta Bar Association, the editor of the Atlanta Historical Society Bulletin, a member of the Catholic Layman's Association, a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Vincentian Society (Society of St. Vincent de Paul).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, reminiscences, financial records, postcards, school records, court records, and newspaper clippings belonging to Stephens Mitchell. Also included is a scrapbook containing newspaper articles about the Mitchell family in Atlanta, and a handwritten manuscript by author Margaret Mitchell that was published in the Atlanta Historical Bulletin.

Index Terms

Benteen, Frederick William, 1834-1898
Mitchell family
Mitchell, Eugene Muse
Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephens Mitchell papers, MSS 159, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Miscellaneous items, correspondence, 1943-1944, undated
2Amercian Legion papers, 1921, undated
3Newspaper clippings, 1936-1937
4Pamphlets, 1950, undated



MSS OS Box 3.29Scrapbook, 1927-1949