Guide to the Observation Tower and Grave of Professor Mitchell Photograph, undated

Summary Information

Title: Observation Tower and Grave of Professor Mitchell Photograph, undated
Collection: AC.299
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract:

Observation Tower and Grave of Professor Mitchell Photograph contains one undated black and white photograph of the Mt. Mitchell Observation Tower and grave of Elisha Mitchell, who measured Mount Mitchell, North Carolina's tallest mountain.

Creator: Unknown

Biographical/Historical Note

Elisha Mitchell (August 19, 1793 - June 27, 1857) was born in Washington, Connecticut. In 1813, he graduated at Yale. In 1817 he was called to the chair of mathematics and natural philosophy in the University of North Carolina and was soon licensed to preach. In 1825, he was transferred to the professorship of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology. As a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in 1835, he discovered the height of Mt. Mitchell of the Black Mountains. Mt. Mitchell is the highest point east of the Mississippi River. It is located in North Carolina and is 6,684 feet (2,037 m) high. Elisha Mitchell fell to his death from a cliff above a 40-foot waterfall at nearby Mitchell Falls in 1857 when he returned to verify his earlier calculations. The highest peak in the Black Mountain range was named Mt. Mitchell in 1858. Originally buried in Asheville, Mitchell's body was reburied on Mount Mitchell a year later. In 1915, the state legislature passed a bill establishing Mount Mitchell as the first state park.

Scope and Contents

Observation Tower and Grave of Professor Mitchell Photograph contains one undated black and white photograph of the Mt. Mitchell Observation Tower and grave of Elisha Mitchell, who measured Mount Mitchell, North Carolina's tallest mountain.

Arrangement

This collection is housed in one archival folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room without restrictions. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection purchased this collection in February, 2003. The accession number is AC.2006.015. It was opened to the public in April, 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, April, 2006

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.299: Observation Tower and Grave of Professor Mitchell Photograph, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Photograph, undated  Folder 1