David Mitchell Collection

Scope and Content

The David Mitchell collection comprises notes, press cuttings, correspondence and printed ephemera accumulated by Mitchell whilst researching the women's suffrage movement. The strength of the collection is the correspondence with women once active in the campaign for women's enfranchisement.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Mitchell was born in London in 1924. After graduating from Oxford University, he worked as a journalist on the Picture Post and later worked as a picture editor for the Central Information Service. In 1965 he became a freelance writer and published work exploring the twentieth century women's suffrage campaigns. His published work includes Women on the Warpath (1966), The Fighting Pankhursts (1967) and Queen Christabel (1977). Research notes for these publications form the David Mitchell collection, which was acquired by the Museum in the 1970s.

Access Information

Open to the public by appointment.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Museum in the 1970s.

Other Finding Aids

Handlists exist for the majority of the collection; available at the Museum.

Archivist's Note

Description by Gail Cameron March 2002. Submitted to the Archives Hub in 2008 as part of the Genesis 2008 Project.


The fighting Pankhursts : a study in tenacity by David Mitchell 1967; Queen Christabel : a biography of Christabel Pankhurst by David Mitchell 1977; Women on the warpath : the story of the women of the First World War by David Mitchell 1966.