Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908

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Donald Grant Mitchell, essayist and novelist, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, graduated from Yale College in 1841 and, after serving abroad briefly as U.S. consul in Venice, Italy, from 1853 to 1854, settled near New Haven, Connecticut. Mitchell wrote literary criticism, travel literature, and volumes of essays on rural themes, including Reveries of a Bachelor (1850), My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863), and Rural Studies (1867). Other works include the novel Doctor Johns (1866), About Old Story Tellers (1878), and American Lands and Letters (1897–1899).

From the guide to the Donald Grant Mitchell papers, 1787-1936, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

American writer and agriculturalist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Edgewood [near New Haven], to Joseph B. Gilder, 1884 Aug. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 645218472

Donald G. Mitchell (1822-1908) was an American author and essayist. Under the pseudonym Ik Marvel he wrote travel essays, social satire, literary criticism, and reflections on rural life and farming. He was best known for his sentimental explorations of middle-class American life, such as in his books Reveries of a Bachelor and Dream Life: A Fable of the Seasons . Although little read today, he was a well-regarded and popular author in the mid-nineteenth century. He inherited his mother's Connecticut farm after her death in 1839, and developed a lifelong interest in agriculture and gardening. In 1855, he purchased a new farm outside of New Haven, Connecticut, Edgewood, which became the subject of much of his later writings.

From the guide to the Donald G. Mitchell Correspondence, 1852-1906, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Donald Grant Mitchell was an American author, humorist, and farmer. His most popular works were sentimental essays on the middle class, published under the pseudonym Ik Marvel. He also worked as an editor and journalist, published travel sketches and literary criticism, and served as United States consul to Venice. His purchase of the Connecticut farm he called Edgewood signalled a change from the dreamy meditation of his early work to practical essays on farm work.

From the description of Donald Grant Mitchell letters and etched portrait, 1886-1890. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 67612948

American author; wrote as Ik Marvel.

From the description of Papers of Donald Grant Mitchell [manuscript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647954297

American essayist and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Edgewood, to [Mr. Miller?], [18]94 July 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 709592383

Epithet: alias 'Ik Marvel', American author

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000474.0x000381

American author.

From the description of Letter of Ik. Marvel [manuscript], 1888 June. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647824698

From the description of Postcard to Mrs. Charles Coit [manuscript], 1883, July 18. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647833285

Agriculturist, landscape gardener, and author; also used pseudonym Ik Marvel.

From the description of Donald Grant Mitchell papers, 1881-1892. (New Haven Colony Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 429256705

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creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Autograph letter signed : Edgewood, to [Mr. Miller?], [18]94 July 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Manuscript fragment by Mitchell [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn James Thomas Fields autograph album, 1750-1941. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Prefatory to "Fresh Gleanings" : autograph manuscript, [1907]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Salisbury family. Salisbury family papers, 1753-1904 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn North American Review, papers, 1831-1843. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter, 1874 Dec. 21 [New Haven, Conn.] to Daniel Huntington [n.p.] University of Michigan
referencedIn Gibson family. Gibson-Humphreys family papers, 1840-1955, 1847-1897 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter of Ik. Marvel [manuscript], 1888 June. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Mitchell, Alfred, 1832-. Mitchell-Tiffany family papers, 1803-1932 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Donald Grant Mitchell letters and etched portrait, 1886-1890. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Yale Miscellaneous Manuscripts collection, 1701-2007, 1701-1987 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Donald Grant Mitchell [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Donald G. Mitchell Correspondence, 1852-1906 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter, 1859, March 1, New York, to Dear Sir. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Skiff, Frederick Woodward. A bibliography of Donald Grant Mitchell, LLD, and related papers, 1899-1904. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ticknor and Fields records, 1839-1881. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Papers of Donald Grant Mitchell [manuscript], 1869-1899. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1888 June. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Donald Grant Mitchell [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter to Gorelic[?]. New Haven, CT. [18--] July 9. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Thurber-Woolson Botanical Collection MS 65., 1803-1918 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Papers, 1858. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Bushnell, Horace, 1802-1876. Letter, to D[onald] G. Mitchell [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Amy Lowell autograph collection, 1523-1930. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Donald G. Mitchell letters, 1891-1892 Connecticut Historical Society
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Postcard to Mrs. Charles Coit [manuscript], 1883, July 18. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Pringle family. Pringle family papers, 1745-1897. South Carolina Historical Society, SCHS
creatorOf Marvin, Samuel W. Autograph collection, 1815-1917. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. Nathaniel Hawthorne collection, 1800-1919. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Poets of America, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878. Samuel Bowles papers, 1852-1893 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908,. Autograph letter signed from Donald G. Mitchell to William Winter [manuscript], 1908 January 21. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Donald Grant Mitchell papers, 1787-1936 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Marsh, Othniel Charles, 1831-1899. Othniel Charles Marsh papers, 1817-1899 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter to "Mr. Sainton" [manuscript], 1858 February 17. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Salisbury family papers, 1753-1904 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908,. Autograph letter signed from Donald G. Mitchell, Edgewood, to William Winter, New York City [manuscript], 1907 May 17. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879,. Petition signed by 83 American authors to the Committee on Ways and Means, January 17th, 1866. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Mitchell-Tiffany family papers, 1803-1932 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Collection of autograph letters, ca. 1829-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Donald Grant Mitchell papers, 1881-1892. New Haven Colony Historical Society Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Autograph letter signed : "Edgewood" [near New Haven, Ct.], to Edmund Clarence Stedman, 1894 June 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Huntington, William Henry. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1856-1857. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Yale miscellaneous manuscripts collection, 1701-2002 (inclusive), 1701-1987 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Dickinson family library, 1810-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter to John Eliot Brown [manuscript], 1886 January 12. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Alfred Ludlow Carroll letters, 1858-1885 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Amy Hemenway collection of autographs, 1791-1873. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letters and a photograph [manuscript], 1849-1904. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Landgren, Marchal E. Marchal Landgren papers, 1928-1983. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Nathaniel Hawthorne collection, 1800-1919 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Manuscript, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Papers of Donald Grant Mitchell [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Lounsbury, Thomas Raynesford, 1838-1915. Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury papers, 1829-1915 (inclusive), 1856-1915 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Weir, John Ferguson, 1841-1926. John Ferguson Weir papers, 1838-1957 (inclusive), 1861-1928 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letters to unidentified recipients [manuscript], 1866, 1893. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter to L. W. Burnham. [s.l.]. [18--] University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Yale miscellaneous manuscripts collection, 1701-2002 (inclusive), 1701-1987 (bulk). Yale University Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald P. International commercial arbitration in the western hemisphere. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Townsend family. Papers, 1850-1856. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Ulmann, Albert, 1861-1948. Papers, 1888-1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Irving, Washington, 1783-1859. Letter to Donald Grant Mitchell [manuscript], 1851 November 25. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Raynesford Lounsbury papers, 1829-1915 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Landon, Melville D. (Melville De Lancey), 1839-1910. Papers of Melville DeLancey Landon [manuscript], 1873-1893 and n. d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Autograph letter signed : Edgewood [near New Haven], to Joseph B. Gilder, 1884 Aug. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Blake, I. N. Donald Grant Mitchell [graphic]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Letter, 1874 Dec. 3, New Haven [Conn.] to Daniel Huntington [New York?] University of Michigan
referencedIn Marsh, Othniel Charles, 1831-1899. Othniel Charles Marsh papers, 1817-1899 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ensign, Harry H.,. Harry H. Ensign autograph collection, 1818-1880 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. Signature, [18--]. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1820-1894. Houghton Library.
referencedIn J. T. (John Townsend) Trowbridge papers, 1855-1939. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Skiff, Frederick Woodward. A bibliography of Donald Grant Mitchell, LLD, and related papers, 1899-1904. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Donald G. Mitchell Correspondence, 1852-1906 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Salisbury family. Salisbury family papers, 1753-1904 (inclusive). Yale University Library
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correspondedWith Lowell, Amy, 1874-1925 person
associatedWith Mabie, Hamilton Wright, 1846-1916 person
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associatedWith Marvel, Ik., 1822-1908 person
associatedWith Marvin, Samuel W. person
associatedWith McClure, S. S. (Samuel Sidney), 1857-1949 person
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associatedWith Mitchell, Alfred, 1832- person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Connecticut
New Haven (Conn.)
Oyster Point Park (New Haven, Conn.)
Sunnyside (New York, N.Y.)
Connecticut--New Haven
East Rock Park (New Haven, Conn.)
Subject
Authors, American--19th century--Archives
Correspondence
Parks--Maps
Literature--American Fiction
Parks
American literature--20th century
Male authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
American literature--19th century
Authors, American
Landscape gardening
Occupation
Authors
Authors, American--20th century
Agriculturists--Connecticut
Authors, American
Authors--United States--19th century
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Birth 1822-04-12

Death 1908-12-15

Male

Americans

English

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