Mike Thimmesch Donated Materials Collection

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169 photographic prints (148 black and white, 21 color; 1 box).
John and Martha Mitchell in mirrored elevator

Subjects include John Mitchell’s early legal career activities, his activities as Attorney General during the Nixon Administration and social events in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his wife Martha Mitchell. A few social events attended by Martha Mitchell are also represented.

Biographical Note


Organizational Note

Many dates, locations and individuals could not be identified during processing and description. Any accompanying information has been included in the item-level descriptions, including whenever the original photographer or publication was listed on the back of the print.

The donor did not own the copyright to any of the photos, therefore no intellectual property rights were transferred to the Nixon Library/National Archives through the deed of gift. In some cases, the photographer, photo news service or publication is listed on the back of the prints or in accompanying documentation. In such cases this information is included in the item level descriptions. When no photographer or originating source is listed in the descriptions the photo copyright restriction is considered “undetermined” but copyright may still apply.

Scope and Content Note

The photos covering John Mitchell’s early legal career at the law firm Caldwell, Marshall, Trimble and Mitchell include many check presentation ceremonies for municipal bonds. The photos covering John Mitchell’s activities as Attorney General include meetings in his office, speaking engagements and swearing-in ceremonies. Some of the notable individuals featured are J. Edgar Hoover, Anna Chennault, Red Skelton, and Mary Brooks. Most of the photos were taken in New York City and Washington, DC.

Series Description

The original arrangement was 3 binders and two file folders. The photographs have been rehoused and the original order has been retained. The photos with the File ID prefix A2020-002-1 are from binder 1; A2020-002-2 are from binder 2; A2020-002-3 are from binder three; A2020-002-4 are from folder 1 and A2020-002-5 are from folder 2.

The donor’s father, Nick Thimmesch, was a journalist who covered the Nixon Administration, including writing a column for Newsday called "Eye on the President." Thimmesch was preparing to work with John Mitchell on an autobiography when Mitchell sent him the scrapbooks of photos. The book project was never followed through with and the photos remained in Thimmesch’s possession until he passed away. His son, Mike Thimmesch, donated them to the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in 2020.

Folder Title List

The photos have been described at the item level. [link to the item-level descriptions].

All of the photographs are open and available for research at the Nixon Presidential Library or reproduction requests.

A PDF file describing each photograph is available HERE.