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Finding Aid for the Robert Campbell Papers, 1912-1989
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Description
Robert B. Campbell (1898-1985) married Blanche Gramlich (1923) and moved to Los Angeles. They opened a bookstore across the street from the Southern Branch of the University of California. When UCLA moved to Westwood, the Campbells moved their store to Le Conte Avenue and built up the trade book section. Robert became the first bookseller on the West Coast to serve as president of the American Booksellers Association. The collection consists of personal and UCLA-related memorabilia and materials related to the career of bookstore owners Robert and Blanche Gramlich Campbell and Campbell's Book Store.
Background
Robert B. Campbell was born on February 5, 1898 in Osceola, Nebraska; attended University of Nebraska; worked at Long's College Book Store in Lincoln; married Blanche Gramlich on June 20, 1923; they moved to Los Angeles in 1924 and opened a bookstore on Vermont Avenue, across the street from the Southern Branch of the University of California; when UCLA moved to Westwood, the Campbells moved their store to Le Conte Avenue and built up the trade book section; Blanche Campbell began and built up the children's book section; Robert Campbell joined the Rotary Club in 1932, writing its weekly newsletter, The Windmill; he served as president of the Westwood Chamber of Commerce in 1933 and 1944; served on board of directors, University Religious Conference; became first bookseller on the West Coast to serve as president of the American Booksellers Association; the Campbells supported UCLA in various ways, including establishing the Campbell Book Collection Awards at UCLA in 1948; Campbell's Book Store was sold to the Brentano chain in 1968; retired in 1974; he died in 1985, and Blanche died in 1989.
Extent
4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.