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This collection consists of the research done by Scott Lemley and Rod Pell on Isaac Mitchell’s life and genealogy, including his descendants, in order for Mitchell to be memorialized by the Huntington Police Department in 2013. The bulk of the collection consists of printed copies of email correspondence between Lemley and Bob Mitchell and Michelle Shypkoski (both descendants of Isaac Mitchell), printed genealogies, and two copies of the memoirs of William Clare Mitchell, a descendant who moved to Idaho. Also included are the HPD Memorial Application, copied photographs of Isaac Mitchell’s grave and other family members, copied and transcribed newspaper articles, and a CD and thumb drive which presumably contain similar information on Isaac Mitchell and his descendants. The collection arrived as one large stack of paper, almost entirely photocopied, and so it was divided into similar categories. The pages of correspondence are mostly chains of emails, and so repeats are inevitable. As a new email may have been added, these chains have all been kept. The CD and thumb drive were not examined at the time of processing. Some information gathered on the Mitchell Family from 2013 comes from a Law Enforcement Report and contains social security numbers, and as such is restricted (Folder 8).


Special collections material is obtained from many sources and is intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the department. It is up to the researcher to verify that they have permission to use these materials for publication or other activities.

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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Dates: 1916-1971