Finding Aid for the Robert Campbell Papers, 1912-1989

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UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Robert Campbell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1912-1989
Collection number: 389
Creator: Campbell, Robert, 1898-1985
Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.) 4 oversize boxes
Abstract: 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.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

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  • Gift of Clarice Alcott, 1990-1991.
  • Gift of Mrs. Robert Tolstad, 1990.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Robert Campbell Papers (Collection 389). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

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.

Scope and Content

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. Includes photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, speeches, caricature drawings, and realia. Photographs feature pictures of their Los Angeles bookstores on Vermont Avenue and Le Conte Avenue, as well as Hedda Hopper, Rudy Vallee, Bennett Cerf, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, Haile Selassie, Prince Philip, Mayor Tom Bradley, UCLA Chancellor Charles Young, Meredith Willson, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Reagan.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Campbell, Robert, 1898-1985--Archives.
Campbell, Blanche, 1902-1989--Archives.
Campbell's Book Store (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archives.
Booksellers and bookselling--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

Related Material

The following materials related to Robert B. Campbell are available in the Department of Special Collections, Library, UCLA:
  • Author: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. The Robert B. Campbell Student Book Collection Competitions.
    Identifier/Call Number: Call number: Z 733 C15C12ro.
  • Author: Campbell, Robert, 1898-1985, interviewee. Town and Gown Booksellers oral history transcript / Robert and Blanche Campbell ; interviewed by John B. Jackson and Joel Gardner, [1974 and 1975].
    Identifier/Call Number: Call number: 300/139.

Container List

 

Personal and Bookstore Records and Papers

 

Blanche Gramlich Campbell

Box 1, Folder 1

High School Memorabilia. Papillion, Nebraska. 1919

Scope and Content Note

Photographs (mounted) and diary.
Box 1-3, 8

University Memorabilia

Box 1, Folder 2

Scrapbook. 1922

Scope and Content Note

Menus, theater programs, clippings, etc.
Boxes 3, 8

Photographs - Phi Omega Pi.

Box 3, Folder 1

March 3, 1923; January 8, 1977.

Scope and Content Note

  • Lincoln Hotel (1923), Los Angeles(?).
  • Thelner Hoover (1977).

Note

[Not panoramas like other Phi Omega Pi photographs.]
Box 8

1929, 1931.

Box 2, Folder 1

Phi Omega Pi publications: songbooks, etc. Several volumes.

Box 2, Folder 2

The Cornhuskers [yearbook]. 1912

Note

Has name on front free endpaper: Ruth Lorilla Ackerman(?).
Box 3, Folder 2

University(?) - Photograph. August 4, 1929

Scope and Content Note

Wedding of Helen Deacon Squires to Robert (Curly) Fairies.
Box 3, Folder 3

Various Events, Organizations, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Notes, Certificates, Poems etc. Poems on various occasions, Eastern Star certificate, etc., v.d.
Box 4, Folder 8

UCLA Honors and tributes. November 1970

Scope and Content Note

Blanche G. Campbell's talk. Given upon receiving award [unidentified].
 

Campbell Family - Clarice and Dorothy

Box 3, Folder 4

Photographs, Ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

  • With dolls, 1933 and 1981 (1933 photograph is copy).
  • Clarice skating, etc., 1939 and v.d.
 

The Campbells Bookstore

Box 3, Folders 5-7

Ephemera

Physical Description: (3 folders)
Box 3, Folder 5

Bookmarks, clippings, sample letterhead, etc. ca. 1926-1960s.

Box 3, Folder 6

Advertisements, note of persons associated with store, etc. 1950s, v.d.

Box 3, Folder 7

Includes matches (early?), gift wrap tags, etc. . 1940s-1970s (?).

Box 3, Folder 8

Photographs of Vermont Store and Westwood Store. 1925, 1940s-1950s (?)

Scope and Content Note

Shows women archers with bookstore just visible in the background.

Note

1925 photograph is a copy.
Box 3, Folders 9-11

Related Items

Box 3, Folder 9

Westwood history by Ruth Ross. 1984.

Physical Description: Photocopy.
Box 3, Folder 10

Westwood magazine, etc. 1947.

Note

Special Collections has other copies: in ephemera, etc.
Box 3, Folder 11

Newspaper clippings about Westwood and the bookstore.

Box 3, Folder 12

Publication - Campbell Columns. 1936-1937

Scope and Content Note

Newsletter and brief reviews.

Note

[1936 May has interesting drawn map of Westwood - shows original Bullock's, El Encanto Tea Room, etc.]
Box 3, Folder 13

Clippings, etc. 1950s-1960s

Scope and Content Note

Articles, manuscripts about the department.
Box 3, Folder 14

Correspondence (1948, 1949, 1951, 1967)

Scope and Content Note

Note from President Truman's secretary, note from W.W. Robinson, etc.
Box 3, Folder 15

ABA (RBC) Manuscripts. 1948

Scope and Content Note

Robert Campbell's American Booksellers Association (ABA) talk.
Box 3, Folder 16

Biographical: Robert Campbell - Printed vita. 1955

Scope and Content Note

In: Who's Who.
Box 3, Folder 17

West Coast Bookmen (Robert Campbell). 1967

Scope and Content Note

Tribute for Robert Campbell and Louis Epstein
  • Book with letters, photographs.
  • WWR's note was about this event.
  • Includes notes from: Robert Nathan, Paul Jordan - Smith ....
Box 4, Folder 1

Various Memorabilia. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Membership and other cards.
Box 4, Folder 2

Biographical - Tributes.

Scope and Content Note

Various, including those at the deaths of both Robert Campbell and Blanche G. Campbell.
Box 4, Folder 3

Various photographs, not bookstore.

Box 4, Folder 4

Various authors, and appearances at bookstore.

Scope and Content Note

Includes photographs of: Hedda Hopper, Rudy Vallee, Bennett Cerf, etc.
Box 4, Folders 5-6

Photographs

Box 4, Folder 5

American Booksellers Association (ABA) banquets, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Also Cavalcade of Books (television show) photograph.
Box 4, Folder 6

American Booksellers Association (ABA) members with President Truman (1948).

Box 4, Folder 6

ABA group with Richard Nixon (n.d., 1949).

Box 4, Folder 7

UCLA Notes, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Letter from Everett Moore, etc.
Box 5, Folder 1

Various photographs. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Includes enlargement of photo of Robert Campbell and Blanche G. Campbell in the bookstore.
Box 5, Folder 2

Ephemera.

Scope and Content Note

Paper bags with logo, etc.
Box 5, Folder 3

Various Tributes. v.d.

Scope and Content Note

Certificates, etc.
 

Robert Campbell

Box 4, Folders 9-11

UCLA Athletics

Box 4, Folder 9

Young Men's Club Affadavit. 1938.

Box 4, Folder 10

Sportsmen of the south realia: keychain.

Box 4, Folder 11

Clippings, etc.

Scope and Content Note

Rafer Johnson article, etc.

Note

See also Box 1.
 

The Campbells

Box 4, Folder 12

UCLA clippings about Paul Wellman.

Scope and Content Note

Also a fair copy of poem by Richard Armour about Wellman.
Box 4, Folder 13

History.

Scope and Content Note

Copies of James V. Mink's articles.
Box 4, Folder 14

UCLA Campbell contest ephemera. n.d.

Physical Description: Copy (photostat?) of poster.

Note

Further material filed in University Archives, Campbell contest and Campbell Contest Committee records.
Box 4, Folder 15

Photographs from Library photographer. Late 1940s-1950s

Note

[There should be negatives for all of these in University Archives.]
Box 4, Folders 16-17

UCLA - Various Photographs

Box 4, Folder 16

Blanche G. Campbell with Haile Selassie, with Prince Phillip of England, Robert Campbell with Duckey Drake, etc. v.d.

Box 4, Folder 17

With Mayor Bradley, with Chancellor Young, etc. 1980s.

Physical Description: Small color snapshots.
Box 4, Folder 17

One small black and white of Spring Sing. 1960.

Box 4, Folder 18

UCLA athletics photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Banquet, team at Rose Bowl(?) [early].
Box 6

Realia, various items.

Scope and Content Note

Engraved cup, Bruin Bear in plexiglass, etc.
Box 7, Folder 1

Various Memorabilia, including UCLA.

Scope and Content Note

Mounted magazine cover, picture of Rafer Johnson.
Box 7, Folder 2

Various Memorabilia. 1960s (?)

Scope and Content Note

LP: ... and then I wrote The Music Man.
 

The Campbells(?)

Box 4, Folder 19

Various photographs. (n.d.)

Scope and Content Note

  • Meredith Willson with the Reagans. Photograph of the Reagans is by Thelner Hoover.
  • Unidentified World War I scene(?).