George J. Mitchell

George J. Mitchell Papers, 1948-2012.

1,036 linear feet.
Catalog Number: M202

Background Note:
George J. Mitchell was born on August 20, 1933, in Waterville, Maine, to Mary Saad, a factory worker, and George Mitchell, a laborer. Senator Mitchell spent his youth in Waterville. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College in 1954, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps until 1956. In 1960 he earned a law degree from Georgetown University. Mitchell worked for Senator Edmund S. Muskie as executive assistant and as deputy campaign manager during Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign. He later became U.S. Senator (D-Maine)1980-1995, Senate Majority Leader 1989-1995, and, upon his retirement from the Senate, Special Advisor on Northern Ireland 1995-1998. Since 1998, Senator Mitchell has served on many boards and committees and has received high profile appointments including: chairman of the Sharm el-Sheikh International Fact-Finding Committee on the crisis between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (2000); overseer of the Red Cross Liberty Fund (2001); lead investigator into the illegal use of performance enhancing substances in Major League Baseball (2006); special envoy for Palestinian-Israeli affairs (2009-2011); and independent athletics integrity monitor for Penn State University's athletic program, appointed by NCAA, (2012-). A complete biography is available.

The collection documents Mitchell's professional and political career, including his work in Senator Muskie's 1972 presidential campaign, Mitchell's own 1974 gubernatorial campaign, his career as senator from Maine, his six years of service to the nation as Senate majority leader, his work in Northern Ireland, and his career and activities since 1998. The material consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, press materials, and other printed matter as well as memorabilia. While the bulk of the collection consists of textual documents, there are also audiocassette tapes, videocassette tapes, microfilm, computer tapes, photographs, posters, and other graphic arts materials.

Organized into seven series: Private Papers, Muskie Presidential Campaign, Gubernatorial Campaign, Maine State Democratic Delegation Files, U.S. Attorney and Federal Judgeship, U.S. Senate, and Northern Ireland Records.

Access Restrictions: Some material restricted. Consult series descriptions for specific information.

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