Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters

Abstract

The Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters (dated 1915-1919; 0.6 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise 468 letters between Eugene and Marjorie that document dealing with overseas military deployment and life in Michigan and Illinois during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters
Creator
Campbell, Eugene, 1889-1964
Extent
0.6 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Detroit (Mich.) -- 1890-1920.
Letters.
Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
Women teachers.
World War, 1914-1918.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0033: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1915-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Eugene Campbell (1889-1964) was born to Samuel Ensign Campbell (1856-1925) and Jennie Elizabeth Reynolds (1862-1921) in Harrisville, Michigan. He worked as a manager with the rand McNally publishing company in Chicago, Illinois until he was drafted for World War I service in 1918. He served with the 81st Wildcat Infantry Division in France and returned from war in 1919. His wife, Marjorie Amanda Travis (1891-1975) was born in Whitehall, New York to William Travis (b. 1861) and Mary Travis (b. 1863). Eugene and Marjorie married May 29, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan and eventually had one son, Roderick Campbell (b. 1926). Marjorie worked as a schoolteacher for Hanover Public Schools, temporarily becoming the school's principal during WWI, and later went to housekeeping with Eugene.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters (dated 1915-1919; 0.6 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise 468 letters between Eugene and Marjorie that document dealing with overseas military deployment and life in Michigan and Illinois during World War I. The letters highlight Marjorie's excitement over the passage of women's suffrage in Michigan and staying up to date with politics to make an informed voting decision along with being able to support herself while Eugene was overseas. Marjorie's letters reveal a new sense of independence for women, but also speak to entrenched societal constructions of femininity and masculinity. She appears conflicted with her self-supporting role and her role as a wife to an absent husband. There is also mention of the Spanish flu and the closing of schools in Michigan. Pictures, newspaper clippings, and a copy of the Masonic by-laws are also included in the collection.
The Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access The collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1915-1916

  • Box 126, folder 1
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 January 1-10

  • Box 126, folder 2
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 January 11-18

  • Box 126, folder 3
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 January 19-30

  • Box 126, folder 4
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 February 1-13

  • Box 126, folder 5
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 February 14-28

  • Box 126, folder 6
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1914 March 1-12

  • Box 126, folder 7
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 March 14-28

  • Box 126, folder 8
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1917 June

  • Box 126, folder 9
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1918 April-July 6

  • Box 126, folder 10
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1918 July 16-24

  • Box 126, folder 11
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1918 July 16-October

  • Box 126, folder 12
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1918 July 7-13

  • Box 126, folder 13
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1918 November-December

  • Box 126, folder 14
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 January 1-30

  • Box 126, folder 15
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 February

  • Box 126, folder 16
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 February-March

  • Box 127, folder 1
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 April

  • Box 127, folder 2
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 May

  • Box 127, folder 3
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Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters, 1919 June

  • Box 127, folder 4
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 127, folder 5
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Papers, undated

  • Box 127, folder 6
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