Dwight Emerson Mitchell Essays, 1969-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Mitchell, Dwight Emerson, 1898-1988
Dwight Emerson Mitchell Essays
1969-1980 (inclusive)
0.5 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
MSS 027
Short essays by Mitchell, an educator and journalist in Montana, Idaho and California, distributed in a newsletter format entitled DEMly and containing philosophical musings and reflections on current events, youth revolt of the 1960s, literature, comedy, Chaucer, and other topics; together with autobiographical essays about his college days at the University of Oregon in the 1920s, focusing on the development of personal values.
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
Telephone: 208-426-3958
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Dwight Emerson Mitchell was born on July 4, 1898. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon in 1926 and an M.A. in Education from the University of Washington in 1932. During the 1920s he also taught high school English in Billings, Montana, and in Mullan and Challis, Idaho. From 1930 to 1939 he taught journalism at Boise High School. He taught journalism at Boise Junior College from 1939 until 1946. He then went on to a career in journalism in California. He wrote two books, Journalism and Life (a textbook) and Migrant Angels.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dwight Emerson Mitchell collection consists entirely of issues of his personal newsletter, entitled DEMly. The run begins with Volume l, number l (dated February l, 1969). The last issue in the collection is Volume 12, number 24 (dated December 15, 1980). There are approximately 280 items in the collection.

The subject content of issues of DEMly varied, though the predominant topics were Chaucer, literature, youth revolt, and personal values. A number of issues of DEMly were subtitled "Clint" and explored in great detail the evolution of his own personal value system while a student at the University of Oregon in the 1920s.

Forms part of the Idaho Writers Archive.

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Preferred Citation

[item description], Dwight Emerson Mitchell Essays, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Title list of DEMly issues
1 2 DEMly 1969
1 3 DEMly 1970
1 4 DEMly 1971
1 5 DEMly 1972
1 6 DEMly 1973
1 7 DEMly 1974
1 8 DEMly 1975
1 9 DEMly 1976
1 10 DEMly 1977
1 11 DEMly 1978
1 12 DEMly 1979
1 13 DEMly 1980
1 14 "Clint" series of DEMly 1974-1975

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, English--Middle English, 1100-1500
  • Boise Junior College--Faculty--Personal and professional papers
  • Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400--Criticism and interpretation
  • College students--Conduct of life
  • Comedy
  • Conflict of generations
  • English literature--Middle English, 1100-1500
  • Great Britain--Cultural affairs--Literature
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Universities and Colleges--Oregon
  • University of Oregon--Students
  • Values
  • Youth