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Anna Marie Mitchell papers

Identifier: IWA0909

Scope and Contents

The Anna Marie Mitchell papers include writings, photographs/photo albums of Mitchell's time in Japan, correspondence to and from Mitchell, and artifacts including a diorama, a Japanese doll, fabrics, chopsticks, a lunchbox, paper dolls, and a Japanese fan.


  • 1925-2000


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Marie Mitchell was born in Palo Alto County, Iowa in 1925. As a teenager she began training to become a missionary. She then attended Waldorf College and earned a two-year degree. In 1950, she sailed to Japan to begin an initial seven year commitment as a missionary. Mitchell served in Japan until 1982, when she returned to the United States in order to care for her parents, Albert and Belvina Mitchell. During her time in Japan, Mitchell learned the Japanese language, served in several Lutheran churches, and taught the children of other missionaries.


72 linear inches

Artifacts, Doll in Wooden Case, Diorama. other_unmapped

Language of Materials



Papers of Iowa missionary serving in Japan from 1950-1982.

Method of Acquisition

The papers (donor no. 1304) were donated by Anna Marie Mitchell in 2012.
Laurel Rhame, 2014
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)