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Campbell Family Papers

Identifier: WLU-Coll-0393

Scope and Contents

Items in the collection include a scrapbook, a bound volume of the Ring-Tum Phi, a book of pressed leaves, Miller family birth records, photographs of Lexington and Campbell family members, newspapers, and personal letters.


  • Creation: Inclusive 1843-1950


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The materials from Washington and Lee University Special Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used should be fully credited with the source. Permission for publication of this material, in part or in full, must be secured with the Head of Special Collections.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Donald Campbell was born in Lexington, Virginia on July 29, 1862, the son of John Lyle Campbell and Harriet Peters (Bailey) Campbell. He was educated at Washington and Lee University, receiving an MA (1882) and PhD. (1885). He attended the Universities of Berlin and Heidelburg (1886-1888). In 1888, he married Martha Miller; their childeren were: Henry Donald, Edmund Douglas, Ben Miller, and Robert Bailey. At Washington and Lee he was Professor of Geology and Biology, 1887-1920, Professor of Geology, 1920-1934, Dean, 1906-1932, and acting President, January-July, 1912, and the historian of the University. He was President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1930.

Biographical / Historical

John Lyle Campbell was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on December 7, 1818. He was the son of Robert S. Campbell and Mary Isabella Paxton Campbell (married 1814). Alexander Campbell, his grandfather, helped found Liberty Hall Academy. He graduated from Washington College with Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1843. After graduating he taught at Staunton Male Academy and another in Kentucky. In 1851 he came back to Lexington to accept the Robinson Professorship of Chemistry and Geology at Washington College, and continued to hold the position until his death.


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Repository Details

Part of the Washington and Lee University, University Library Special Collections and Archives Repository

204 W. Washington St.
Lexington VA 24450 USA