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Papers of Jane Maud Campbell, 1860-1994 (inclusive), 1886-1947 (bulk)
Campbell, Jane Maud, 1869-1947, creator
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.63 linear feet. (1+1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder.
Campbell, Jane Maud , 1869-1947 ;  Dana, John Cotton , 1856-1929 ;  Morgan, Anne Tracy , 1873-1952 ;  Waterman, Thomas Tileston , 1900-1951 ;  Libraries and adult education ;  Libraries and immigrants ;  Women librarians ;  Massachusetts -- Library resources ;  New Jersey -- Library resources ;  United States -- Emigration and immigration ;  Librarians


Life in the United States

Organizations & Clubs

social services


Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, and photographs of Campbell, and clippings about her work, libraries, and immigrants. Most of her speeches are concerned with the use of library resources in new and creative ways to meet the needs of immigrants, with libraries and librarians in an intermediary and interpretive role. The correspondence documents some of her career changes, particularly the move from Massachusetts to Virginia. Photographs are of Campbell and of several libraries with which she was affiliated.

Jane Maud Campbell Papers. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Jane Maud Campbell was born in Liverpool, England, one of seven children of George and Jane Cameron Campbell. When she was twelve, the family moved to the United States, and she attended a private school in Richmond, Virginia. Returning to Great Britain, Campbell graduated from the Ladies' College of Edinburgh University and the Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Economy. Campbell returned to the United States and worked as an assistant at the Free Public Library in Newark, New Jersey. In 1902 she was made head of public libraries in Passaic, New Jersey, and became increasingly concerned with the plight of newly arrived immigrants.

Campbell joined the North American Civic League in New York City, where she taught immigrants about naturalization and their prospects for employment as American citizens. In 1913 she was appointed Educational Director for Work with Aliens of the Massachusetts Library Commission, the first such post in the United States. In 1922 Campbell became head librarian of the Jones Memorial Library, Lynchburg, Virginia. She died in Lynchburg in April 1947.

Electronic finding aid available

Unpublished finding aid; most Schlesinger Library finding aids are also available in the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (Chadwyck-Healey, 1984- ).