Correspondence of John Phimister Mitchell (fl.1922)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of letters from J. P. Mitchell, from Ethiopia and the Sudan, mainly to his mother.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1920, John Phimister Mitchell was resident in Fraserburgh, Scotland. He studied at Aberdeen University, graduating with the degree of M.D. in 1911. He also obtained the degree of M.B., and Ch.B. 1907. Mitchell was a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was in the Special Reserve. He had been Resident Medical Officer at Hospital for Women, Soho Square, London. Earlier he had been House Physician at the Seamen's Hospital - 'Dreadnought' - at Greenwich, and Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women, and also a Clinical Assistant and the Central London Ear Nose and Throat Hospital. He was awarded the O.B.E.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letters acquired from African Centre (Centre for African Studies?), September 1968, Accession no. E68.25.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) The medical directory 1920. 76th edition. p.1424. London: J. and A. Churchill, 1920.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.