George J. Mitchell

Private Papers, 1948-2012.

9.5 linear feet.

Catalog Number: M202.1

Background Note:
George J. Mitchell was born to Mary Saad and George Mitchell in Waterville, Maine. Mitchell attended Waterville High School and received his undergraduate education from Bowdoin College. He started his legal career working in the anti-trust division of the U.S. Justice Department in 1960. Mitchell's political career started in 1962 when he became executive assistant to Senator Edmund Muskie. Mitchell later went on to become deputy campaign manager for Muskie's presidential campaign in 1972; Democratic National Committeeman from Maine from 1969 to 1977; U.S. Attorney for Maine from 1977 to 1979; U.S. District Judge from 1979 to 1980; and in 1980 became U.S. Senator from Maine. More complete biographical information is available.


Material--mostly photographs--that document Mitchell's early political career before he became a senator in 1980. There is a small amount of correspondence from his time as a lawyer in the anti-trust division of the Justice Department. Also includes family photographs of Mitchell and his family from his childhood and in later years, and material from Mitchell's time as a high school student. In addition, there are books, some signed, on Maine and other topics. Also includes materials that document Mitchell's post-1998 career, activities, appearances, honors, and awards; materials include:  recordings, photographs, memorabila, printed materials, and clippings.

Access Restrictions: Materials in M202.1.1 restricted until January 3, 2020, or until the death of the donor, whichever is longer. Materials in M202.1.2-M202.1.5 are open. Some materials are stored offsite (see subseries) and must be requested at least 4 full business days in advance for retrieval. Contact Special Collections & Archives.

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