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Alfred C. Campbell
1910 - 1970
1 mss box, 7 folders, 1 vol.

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Grant Gerard, October 2008

Biographical Note:

Campbell was an Indianapolis automobile executive; member of the Indianapolis Literary Club.

Sources: Found within collection

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of Campbell’s correspondence, writings, and material collected for his 1952 paper at the Indianapolis Literary Club on Hoosier humorist Kin Hubbard (d. 1930).  Included is Campbell’s correspondence with people who knew Hubbard; copies of articles and clippings on Hubbard; and a copy of Campbell’s paper of Hubbard, “Give Us Back Our Hillbillies.”  Also included is a small amount of later correspondence on Hubbard.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1

1. Correspondence 1951 to 1970 and n.d.

Correspondence between Mr. C. Alfred Campbell and various individuals (mostly in or from Bellefontaine, Ohio) requesting information about Kin Hubbard and related material needed for the preparation of the Indianapolis Literary Club paper.  Most of the material requested or discussed is included in the paper (q.v.), “Give Us Back Our Hillbillies.”  Includes letters from:
Roy W. Howard of Scripps-Howard Newspapers (Feb 20, 1952)
Re: residence in Ohio and Indianapolis.
Robert B. Cook, Sr., of Los Gatos, California (March 3, 1952)
Mentioning James Whitcomb Riley.
2. Poetry, quotations, reminiscences, and biographies.

n.d.  Poem “Bellefontaine,” by Marjorie Trask.
n.d.  Poem (no title, rebuttal to above poem, “Bellefontaine”)
n.d.  Poem “Chain Mail Ode to the Top Name,” by Quincy A. Campbell.
n.d.  Poem “Where is Heaven?” by Quincy Campbell.
1875.  “The Press of Logan County.”  Quotations from 1875 edition of “Who’s Why and What of it.”
n.d.  Collection of biographies and magazine articles including the following:
Frank McKinney Hubbard
                              (from “Who’s Who in America Volume 1, 1943)                                                         
William Vance Marquis                 “                  “               “
John James Piatt                          “                  “               “
William Henry West                       “                  “               “
Brand Whitlock                              “                  “               “
Julius Chambers                           “                  “               “
William Lawrence                          “                  “               “
Robert Patterson Kennedy            “                  “               “
Roy Wilson Howard   (“Who’s Who in America,” v. 26, 1950-51)

“Dinner and Toasts Commemorating the Publication of Indiana Authors and Their Books.” (from Indiana Magazine of History, vol. XLV, no. 3.)  
Kin Hubbard.  (no author or source given)

Abe Martin – Kin Hubbard (quoted from the book by Blanche Stillson and Dorothy Ritter Russo, Indianapolis, Hoosier Bookshop, 1939).

“Kin Hubbard Has Won Fame by Writing Two Sentences a Day,” by Fred Kelly.  American Magazine, April, 1924.

3. Miscellaneous Publications, 1939 – 1961 & n.d.

Abe Martin- Kin Hubbard by Blanche Stillson and Dorothy Ritter                           Russo.  Indianapolis:  The Hoosier Bookshop (1939).

Bellefontaine, Ohio Telephone Directory (Feb 1950)

Topographic Map of Ohio (March 1951)

Indianapolis Literary Club program book (1960 – 1961)

4.  Literary paper “Give Us Back Our Hillbillies,” by C. Alfred Campbell 

(two copies, one more inclusive than the other).  Covers life, family, and associates of Kin Hubbard, and includes personal recollections of Mr. Campbell.  Includes list of well-known personalities from Bellefontaine and Logan County, Ohio.  Mentions Will Rogers.  Describes Origin of Abe Martin characters.

5. Notes and miscellaneous materials in preparation for paper.

6. Programs and Photograph

March 189?:  Program from Minstrel show “Grand Operatic Minstrels,” at Bellefontaine, Ohio, with Kin Hubbard as stage manager as well as one of the performers.

1890’s (?):  Photograph of Kin Hubbard and Bob Cook in scene from Minstrel Show at Bellfontaine.

June 22, 1967- August 27, 1967:  Program from Indiana University Theatre’s presentation of Ken Hubbards “Abe Martin of Brown County” at Brown County Playhouse, Nashville, Indiana.

7. Newspaper Clippings, 1910 – 1972

Included Articles:

Sept 3, 1910:  By Thomas Hubbard (brother of Kin Hubbard)

Sept 7, 1951:  On play “Kin Hubbard” in New York

Sept 7, 1952:  By Bennett Cerf on “Hubbard’s Cupboard”

Oct 4, 1960:  On donation of Abe Martin Collection to Indiana University

Feb 27, 1963:  Re:  television tribute to Kin Hubbard

Oct 9, 1964:  On gift of Bobbs-Merrill files to Indiana University Lilly            
                      Library.  Mentions books of Kin Hubbard

March 12, 1965:  On Kin Hubbard by Wayne Guthrie

July 1967:  On play at Brown County Playhouse re: Abe Martin

Aug 30, 1968:  On Kin Hubbard by Wayne Guthrie

Aug 30, 1968:  On Centennial Sunday of birth of Kin Hubbard

Dec 8, 1969:  On Kin Hubbard by Kathy Schultz

Dec 15, 1969:  On Kin Hubbard by Wayne Guthrie

Jan 3, 1970:  On death of Mrs. Josephine Hubbard

1972 (?):  On Kin Hubbard

n.d. :  On table decorations based on Kin Hubbard characters by the
            American Institute of Decoration 

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 7 folders
Collection Dates: 1910-1970
Provenance: Ruth A. Campbell, August 14, 1975
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: N/A
Related Holdings: none