Inventory of the Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell Collection

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History

Presented online by the Digital Library of Georgia

Overview of Collection

Repository: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Creator: Campbell, Alpha Omega, 1889-1977

Collection Number: aarl94-014

Title: Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell papers

Date: ca. 1940-1994

Abstract: The collection, covering the 1940s through 1994, contains photographs of Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell and his family as well as the hospital he established, two newspaper articles on Dr. Campbell, and correspondence concerning a 1994 proposed bicycle path in Tallahassee to be named after the Campbell family.


Historical Sketch

Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell (1889-1977) was a medical doctor in Tallahassee, Florida from about 1913 until the mid 1950's. He was born June 9, 1889 in Quincy, Florida. After receiving his medical degree in Boston, Mass., he returned to north Florida to practice medicine in 1913. He served white and black patients alike, and in 1947 he opened a two story, 20-bed hospital next door to his residence. The Laura Bell Memorial Hospital was one of the region's first privately owned and operated facilities serving blacks. The hospital existed from 1947 to about 1956 when Dr. Campbell was convicted of manslaughter and served 3 years in prison.

After his criminal conviction the hospital was forced to close and most of his possessions were sold off to pay outstanding debts. He moved to South Florida to be near relatives and died there Dec. 13, 1977.

Dr. Campbell and his wife, Maggie Lou Ferrell Campbell, had 3 daughters: Zillah, Laura Bell, and Alpha Omega.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 21 photographs of members of the Campbell extended family and of the Laura Bell Memorial Hospital and Clinic; 2 newspaper articles on Dr. Campbell; and correspondence concerning a 1994 proposed bicycle path in Tallahassee to be named after the Campbell family.


Topics Covered

Campbell, Alpha Omega, 1899-1977.
Laura Bell Memorial Hospital and Campbell Clinc (Tallahassee, Fla.)
African American physicians--Florida--History--20th century.
African Americans--Hospitals--Florida.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Photographs.



Administrative Information

Acquired From:

This collection was donated by Mrs. Gaile L. Wiggins-Johnson, daughter of Laura Bell Campbell Wiggins and granddaughter of Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell.

Restrictions on Access:

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use:

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Preferred Citation Method:

Item, Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell collection, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Processing Information:

December, 1994


Container List

 
Box Folder
1 1 Photographs - Dr. Alpha Campbell's graduation from Medical School; Dr. Campbell in front of his hospital, ca. 1950's
 
2 Photographs - Laura Bell Memorial Hospital and Campbell Clinic, Tallahassee, Fla.; Side view of a house and a car
 
3 Photographs - Dr. Alpha Campbell, Laura Bell, Zillah and granddaughter, Gaile Wiggins, Brooklyn, N.Y., ca. 1940's; Dr. and Mrs. Alpha O. Campbell (Maggie Lou), ca. 1940's
 
4 Photographs - Dr. Alpha Campbell, Maggie Lou Campbell, Gaile Wiggins, Zillah Campbell, Laura Bell Campbell, Rayford McLoud, ca. 1947; Mrs. A.O. Campbell and granddaughter, Gaile, 1943, ca. 1947
 
5 Agnes Lewis Campbell; Dr. Alpha Campbell and [Zillah Campbell]; Unidentified Man and Woman
 
6 Photographs - Zillah Campbell; Laura Bell Campbell; Alpha Campbell, (before 1940's)
 
7 Photographs - Laura Bell Campbell, Maggie Lou Campbell, ca. 1940's
 
8 Photographs - Dr. Alpha Campbell and Gaile Wiggins (granddaughter), Brooklyn, N.Y., ca. 1940's; Dr. Campbell at a medical meeting, Boston, MA, ca. 1940's
 
9 Photographs - Zillah Campbell; Unidentified Woman
 
10 Photograph - Gaile L. Wiggins-Johnson, ca. 1993
 
11 Correspondence regarding proposed Campbell Connector-Bicycle/Pedestrian Path in Tallahassee, Fla., 1994
 
12 Two Newspaper Articles on Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell, March, 1994, and May, 1994





Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History
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