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Howard Dixon Mitchell Scrapbook

An inventory of his scrapbook at the Syracuse University Archives

Finding aid created by: Natalie Pace
Date: 2018


Howard Dixon Mitchell (1866-1902) attended Syracuse University starting in 1883 and graduated in 1887. He was born on January 11, 1866 in New York City, and later lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas. While at Syracuse University he studied civil engineering, and was a member of the Athletic Association and the Zeta Psi fraternity, Gamma chapter. He went on to serve as Assistant City Engineer and then City Engineer for the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one scrapbook compiled by Howard Dixon Mitchell. The materials inside are dated from 1883 to 1896. The scrapbook is a rich resource on the history of student life at Syracuse University in late nineteenth century. A variety of formats fill the book: photographs, letters, yearbook pages, newspaper clippings, poems, short essays and musings, cartoons, sketches of Chancellor Alexander Winchell and professors, event tickets, programs, advertisements, class schedules, class work, and tuition payment records. A few sketches are by Newton A. Wells, a professor of drawing at Syracuse, including one that documents the laying of the cornerstone for Crouse College in 1888. Photographs in the scrapbook capture old student traditions, including the Calculus Burial and the Cane Rush. There are also images of campus buildings, students at their boarding house (the first dormitory was not built on campus until 1900), and the surrounding area, including Onondaga Lake, the Erie Canal, and the city of Syracuse.


Access Restrictions:

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Selected Search Terms


Mitchell, Howard Dixon.
Wells, Newton A. (Newton Alonzo), 1852-1923.
Winchell, Alexander, 1824-1891.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Greek letter societies.
Student activities.
Higher education.

Types of Material

Cartoons (humorous images)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Cyanotypes (photographic prints)
Programs (documents)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Howard Dixon Mitchell Scrapbook,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

There is no acquisition information for this item.

Processing Information

Scrapbook was rehoused into an archival box.


Original order found within scrapbook.

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