World War, 1914-1918; Armed Forces; Plumbing industry
Photograph; Panoramic photograph; Collection
P0942 Mitchell, Frank C. Photograph Collection Guide to the Frank C. Mitchell Photograph Collection P0942 EAD by Amanda Claunch using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society, Photographs and Prints Department 2017 Library and Research Center 225 South Skinker Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63105 firstname.lastname@example.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-01 06:25:11 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Missouri Historical Society, Photographs and Prints Department
Frank C. Mitchell Photograph Collection
Mitchell, Frank Clinton, 1896-1977
.5 Cubic Feet
(1 box; 1 folder; 1 oversize folder)
Photograph ; Panoramic photograph
Processed by Amanda Claunch, 2017
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by John C. and Danean Mitchell, 2005.
Biographical / Historical
Frank Clinton Mitchell was born January 15, 1896 in St. Louis, MO. He was trained as a plumber, a profession he performed throughout his life.
Mitchell enlisted for World War I service in the U.S. Navy on June 14, 1918 and served four years as a Plumber and Fitter, first class. He began his service stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois where he was able to make frequent trips to Chicago to meet friends and enjoy the entertainment a big city had to offer. He wrote to his sweetheart and future wife, Edna Kessler often. Occasionally, he signed his letters from the “same old dry land sailor,” demonstrating his dissatisfaction with navy life, in which he spent most of his time away from ships doing construction work. “I seen more of a ship in St. Louis than I will ever see at the Great Lakes.” Mitchell saw no action in the war, but in the summer of 1919 he was assigned to the U.S.S. El Sol, a freighter that carried American troops back from Europe during demobilization. Mitchell made two trans-Atlantic trips on the ship before he was discharged.
Mitchell’s service certificate states that through September 2, 1919 he was on the ships USS Great Lakes, RS New York, and USS El Sol. He was discharged from the navy in September 1921 and returned to civilian life as a plumber. Mitchell died on October 19, 1977 in St. Louis, MO.
Scope and Contents
The Frank C. Mitchell Photograph Collection contains photographic portraits of Mitchell and his father Joseph C. Mitchell and wife Rebecca; U.S.S. El Sol, and unidentified groups (possibly Plumber's Associations). Panoramas in the collection include St. Louis Recruits, 1918; a dinner for Lt. Pease; sailors in front of U.S.S. El Sol; and numerous Plumbers Association gatherings from the 1920s.
The collection is arranged by photograph format. Any additional information including box and folder lists and item-level cataloging can be searched via the Cross Collections Search on the Missouri Historical Society website, available here: http://collections.mohistory.org/resource/569674 . Item-level records and digitized images are added as they are created.
Conditions Governing Access
No viewing restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Contains material that may be under copyright protection; No special use restrictions.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Panoramas are rolled and will require staff handling to view
Frank C. Mitchell Photograph Collection, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital copies and item-level records of select images are posted as they are created and can be accessed via the Cross-Collections Search on the Missouri History Museum website http://collections.mohistory.org/resource/569674 . Digitized images are generated from the original item whenever possible and files are adjusted only to ensure an accurate representation. Master files are
saved in TIF format and JPEG viewing files are automatically generated from the master files.
World War, 1914-1918
United States -- Armed Forces
United States. Navy