Mitchell, Loften (1919-2001)
Scope:
The Loften Mitchell collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and photographs.

Manuscripts in the collection include the non-fiction writings Black Drama: The Story of the American Negro in the Theatre (Hawthorn, 1967); Comments on a Collection (1985); Mother Strayhorn (1984); and Voices of the Black Theatre. Also included are many fiction works including narratives and plays dating from 1964 to 1985. Examples include Bubbling Brown Sugar (1984); Cartoons for a Lunch Hour (1978); Miss Ethel Waters (1983); Tell Pharoah (1980); and an uncut version of Star of the Morning.

Other manuscripts include Mitchell's writings for the New York Voice from 1978 to 1979, as well as the transcript of an interview of Mitchell by Glenda Gill in 1980.  

Correspondence in the collection consists of many letters and cards received by Mitchell that date from 1973 to 1985, from correspondents such as Luther Henderson and Dr. Ja A. Jahannes. Also included are letters received by Loften’s son Melvin Mitchell.

Printed material in the collection includes various news clippings, photocopies, and publicity announcements, as well as various periodicals including the Afro-American and African Studies Newsletter (SUNY, Binghamton).

Photographs in the collection consist of both color and black and white prints from performances of Star of the Morning.
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Notable Figures
1. Mitchell, Loften
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Drama Subject Guide
2. American literature -- African American authors
3. African American screenwriters
4. African American authors
5. Race relations