Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Carol Spencer Mitchell Photographic Archive

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Carol Spencer Mitchell Photographic Archive



Descriptive Summary

Creator Spencer Mitchell, Carol
Title Carol Spencer Mitchell Photographic Archive
Dates: 1975-2007
Abstract Carol Spencer Mitchell's photographs chronicle important world events from the 1970s to the 1990s, including the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip, historic meetings between world leaders, the sea jacking of the Achille Lauro, and profiles of dignitaries such as Yassar Arafat, Anwar Sadat, and King Hussein of Jordan.
Extent 9 ft.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Carol Spencer Mitchell began her career in photojournalism in 1975 in the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. She moved to Jerusalem in 1984 as a member of the foreign press corps and spent the next decade covering the Middle East and North Africa. Her photographs have appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek, both of which she worked for extensively. She also traveled on special assignment for U.S. News & World Report, Look, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and numerous European publications.

The diary she created became the basis of her book, Danger Pay. Carol Spencer’s writing and photographs chronicle the refugee camps of the Gaza Strip before, during, and after the Intifada, historic meetings between world leaders, the sea jacking of the Achille Lauro, and profiles of dignitaries such as Yassar Arafat, Anwar Sadat, and King Hussein of Jordan. She passed away in 2004 at age 50.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

Collection spans the career of photojournalist Carol Spencer Mitchell and her extensive coverage of world events from the 1970s through the 1990s. Her photographic work is captured in 46 notebook binders of slides as well as other small caches of slides and contact sheets. Included are related papers and documentation.

Collection also includes the detailed research papers of Ellen Spencer Susman. These papers represent Susman's research for a book on Carol Spencer Mitchell.

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carol Spencer Mitchell Photographic Archive, 1975-2007, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Carol Spencer Mitchell Photographic Archive

box
4La15 Numbered binder books containing sheets of slides and related material:
Book 1: Guyana, May 1977
Book 2: Andrew Young/Caribbean: Guyana, Trinidad, Santo Domingo, Haiti, August 1977
Book 3: Andrew Young/New York City [at home, United Nations, with Coretta King, with African leaders, etc.], August-September 1977
Book 4: Prime Minister Begin/Israel, April-May 1978
Book 5: Chinese visit to Washington, 1979
Book 6: Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, 1978-1979
Book 7: President Sadat: Egypt, 1978-1979
Book 8: Pope John Paul II in U.S.A. and Philadelphia, October 1979
box
4La16 Book 9: Color Portfolio, late 1970s-early 1980s
Book 10: Shah of Iran's sister, 1979
Book 11: Carol: Personal pick miscellaneous portfolio (pre-Mid-East), early 1980s
Book 12: West Bank: Gaza and Golan Heights (Book 1), May 1982
Book 13: West Bank: Gaza and Golan Heights (Book 2), May 1982
Book 14: Libya (Book 1), April 1984
Book 15: Libya (Book 2), April 1984
Book 16: Best of Arafat, 1984-1986
Book 17: Hussein rejects (mostly 50th birthday), November 1985
box
4La17 Book 18: Achille Lauro hijacking, October 1985
Book 19: King Hussein (seconds), 1985-1986
Book 20: Lebanon Pal Refugee Camps, January-February 1986
Book 21: Lebanon: PLO training camps for children, February 1986
Book 22: Lebanon: PLO fighters (Beirut and Sidon), February 1986
Book 23: Lebanon: PLO fighters, 1986
Book 24: Sudan and Egypt, March-April 1986
Book 25: Sudan: Assorted, March-April 1986
Book 26: VP George Bush and Schultz, 1986
Book 27: West Bank and Gaza Strip, mid 1980s
box
4La18 Book 28: King Hussein pictures, 1985-1989
Book 29: Israel and Prime Minister Shamir, 1986-1988
Book 30: Face of Jordan (best of Jordan), 1989, 1990
Book 31: Israel miscellaneous, 1986-1992
Book 32: Benjamin Netanyahu and his daughter, October 1988
Book 33: Israel slides, 1988-1989
Book 34: Jordan: first and second selects: Aqaba, 1989
Book 35: Jordan: first and second selects: Amman, Jerash, Hijaz Railroad, Save the Children rug display, 1989
box
4La19 Book 36: Jordan: first and second selects: Dead Sea, landscapes, Mt. Nebo/Madaba, mosaics, 1989
Book 37: Jordan: first and second selects: Wadi Rum, desert landscapes, Bedouin, tourists, 1989, 1990
Book 38: Jordan: first and second selects: Petra, 1989
Book 39: Petra slides/portfolio, 1989
Book 40: Jordan: first and second selects: Bedouin/Petra, flute boy, Bedouin bread making, rug weaving, Save the Children rug display, 1989
Book 41: Jordan: first and second selects: fashion, dance troupe, Arabian horses, 1989
Book 42: Faisal Hussein, 1991
box
4La20 Book 43: Jordan: Israel peace treaty signing, October 1994
Book 44: Prime Minister Thatcher in Israel, undated
Book 45: U.N. disarmament session, undated
Book 46: Miscellaneous slides
Book of water damaged slides
box
4La21 Additional envelopes of slides and contact sheets:
Bush in Jordan, 1986
Libya
Sudan
Achille Lauro
TWA hostages
Palestinian training camps
Bush trip to Egypt, 1986
Arafat/Hassan
box
4La22 Research files for Ellen Spencer Susman's book and lectures
box
4La23 Research files for Ellen Spencer Susman's book and lectures
box
4La24 Additional envelopes of slides:
Inside Terror
Ship hostages in Cairo/PLO funeral
Libya background
Notebook containing detailed handwritten inventory of slides in books 1-46
Additional folder of slides and negatives provided by donor [AR 2007-037]

Return to the Table of Contents