Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell papers
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Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Campbell, Alpha Omega, 1889-1977
Title: Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell papers
Dates: ca. 1940-1994
Quantity:
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.
Identification: aarl94-014

Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Index Terms

African American physicians--Florida--History--20th century.
African Americans--Hospitals--Florida.
Campbell, Alpha Omega, 1889-1977
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence.
Laura Bell Memorial Hospital and Campbell Clinic (Tallahassee, Fla.).
Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

Processing Information

December, 1994


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

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


Container List

 

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