Raymond M. Mitchell Collection, 1942-2006

By Nicole Milano and Johnamarie Macias

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Collection Overview

Title: Raymond M. Mitchell Collection, 1942-2006

Predominant Dates:1943-1948

ID: RG2/013

Creator: Mitchell, Raymond M. (Raymond McKim) (1911-2001)

Extent: 3.84 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: This collection is partially processed. The folders in Box 1 are arranged alphabetically, and the framed items and memorabilia in Boxes 2 and 3 are arranged by size. The large framed item is housed separately.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2006

Languages: English


Attorney Raymond McKim Mitchell (1911-2001) was an American Field Service (AFS) ambulance driver during World War II and co-founder of the Greater New Bedford Chapter of the AFS International Student Scholarship Program. The Raymond M. Mitchell Collection consists of clippings, correspondence, memoranda and other material associated with AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc., and memorabilia from his service as an ambulance driver during World War II.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Raymond M. Mitchell Collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, brochures, pamphlets, and newsletters related to his service with AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. as a member of the Board of Directors and as president of the New Bedford Chapter. Notable individuals represented in the correspondence include Director General Stephen Galatti, Chairman for the New England Chapter S. Prescott Fay, Secretary John Nettleton, and Executive Committee member William J. Hooton. The collection also contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia related to his service as an AFS ambulance driver in World War II, including his two AFS uniforms and a visor cap, his 1946 Order of the British Empire medal, the 1939-1945 medal, a framed citation from 1946 commending Mitchell’s achievements from the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and  and a large framed document from September 4, 1946 acknowledging his position as an Honorary Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire by George the Sixth. The collection also includes material that was collected posthumously, including the flyer for the presentation of the Order of the British Empire to AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. in 2006.

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 3 boxes, 1 framed item

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research. Cotton gloves are required for the handling of all photographic material.

Use Restrictions: Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the AFS Archives.   In the event that this research becomes a source for publication, a credit line indicating the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs is required.  Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions.

Acquisition Method: The Raymond M. Mitchell Collection was donated to the Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs by his son, Charles M. Mitchell, and other members of the Mitchell family in various stages between December 1999 and June 2006.

Appraisal Information: No items were deaccessioned, separated, or removed from the collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [Date]; Raymond M. Mitchell Collection; Archives of the American Field Service and AFS Intercultural Programs, New York, NY.

Processing Information: This collection was partially processed by the AFS Archives staff at an unknown date, and again by Johnamarie Macias in March 2011. Preliminary finding aid written by Johnamarie Macias and Nicole Milano in 2011 and encoded in EAD by Nicole Milano in March 2011 under the scope of the 2010-2011 Basic Processing grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and updated in January 2018.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Clippings, Papers, and Photographs, 1942-2006Add to your cart.
Box 2: Framed Awards and Photographs, 1945-2000Add to your cart.
Box 3: Memorabilia, ca. 1943-1945Add to your cart.