Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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MITCHELL, Parren James (1922-2007)

MITCHELL, PARREN JAMES, a Representative from Maryland; born in Baltimore, Md., April 29, 1922; attended Baltimore public schools; A.B., Morgan State College, 1950; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1952; served in the United States Army, Ninety-second Infantry Division, commissioned officer and company commander, 1942-1945; received Purple Heart award; professor of sociology and assistant director, Urban Studies Institute, Morgan State College; executive secretary, Maryland Human Relations Commission, 1963-1965; director, Baltimore Community Action Agency, 1965-1968; supervisor, probation work, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, 1954-1957; president, Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., 1969-1970; delegate, Maryland State Democratic convention, 1972; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1987); chairman, Committee on Small Business (Ninety-seventh, Ninety-eighth, and Ninety-ninth Congresses); was not a candidate for reelection in 1986; died on May 28, 2007, in Baltimore, Md.; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

The HistoryMakers
Chicago, IL
Oral history: 2004, amount unknown.
An oral history interview of Parren Mitchell conducted on June 11, 2004.


Howard University
Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Washington, DC
Oral history: 1973, 20 pages.
An oral history interview with Parren J. Mitchell conducted by Edward Thompson III on February 22, 1973. In the interview, Parren Mitchell discusses the Congressional Black Caucus, including its accomplishments and relationship to Democratic National Committee. Mitchell also comments on the 1972 National Black Political Convention, describes the purpose and function of the Committee on Banking and Currency and its importance to Blacks, and he discusses the usurpation of Congressional power by President Nixon and the economic policies of his Administration. Mitchell also recalls his Congressional campaign.


John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Oral History Collection
Boston, MA
Oral history: 1988, 110 pages.
An interview with Parren Mitchell by Anthony Shriver in 1988. The interview concerned John F. Kennedy's telephone call to Mrs. Martin Luther King during the 1960 Presidential campaign.


Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD
Papers: Memorabilia.

Texas Tech University
Southwest Collection
Lubbock, TX
Papers: In the National Organization for Women Lubbock Chapter Records, ca. 1967-1978, 1985 leaves.
Correspondents include Parren J. Mitchell.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Audio reels: 1982-1984, 3 commercials on 2 sound tape reels.
The commercials were used during Parren J. Mitchell's campaign for the 1982 and 1984 U.S. congressional elections in District 7 of Maryland, Democratic Party.

  • McNeil, Thomas J. and Ajani Osei Osaze. "Parren J. Mitchell: Trailblazer from Black Baltimore." M. A. Thesis, Morgan State University, 1994.
  • Mitchell, Parren J. "Negro Family Aspiration-Levels in an Urban Area (an exploratory analysis of family motivations)." M. A. Thesis, University of Maryland at College Park, 1952.
  • "Parren James Mitchell" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Parren J. Mitchell, Democratic Representative from Maryland. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.
  • Thomas, Arthur E. Like It Is: Arthur E. Thomas Interviews Leaders on Black America. Edited by Emily Rovetch. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981.