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MITCHELL, Charles (1912-1995)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Charles Mitchell

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: MITCHELL, Charles (1912-1995)

Date(s): c 1951-1986

Level of description: collection

Extent: c 20 boxes

Name of creator(s): Mitchell | Charles | 1912-1995 | art historian


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Mitchell was born 1912 and educated at Merchant Taylor's School and at St John's College, Oxford. He received his BA in 1934 and a BLitt in 1939, having simultaneously worked as an assistant at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (1935-1939). He served at the Admiralty and in the Royal Navy during the Second World War before becoming a lecturer at the Warburg Institute. Having previously held two visiting appointments in the United States, he left London permanently in 1960 for a position at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. After leaving Bryn Mawr in 1980, he held several short term profesorial appointments in the eastern United States before finally retiring in 1985. His scholarly interests were wide, but his chief areas of study were Renaissance art and British art of the 18th and 19th centuries.


Scope and content/abstract:

Notebooks and working papers of the art historian Charles Mitchell, c 1951-1986, on topics including: Ciriaco d'Ancona; Tempio Malatestiano (Temple of the Planets, Rimini, Italy); Antiquarianism and 15th Century Italian Art.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family.


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Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Art history | Art theory | Arts
Rare books | Books | Publications | Communications media | Information sciences
Sculpture | Fine arts

Personal names
d'Ancona | Ciriaco | ? 1391-1455 | antiquary
Mitchell | Charles | 1912-1995 | art historian

Corporate names