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Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell papers

 Collection
Identifier: aarl94-014

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.

Dates

  • ca. 1940-1994

Creator

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.

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.

Extent

0.5 Linear feet

Overview

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.

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
Title
Inventory of the Dr. Alpha Omega Campbell Collection, aarl94-014
Author
Finding aid prepared by Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
Date
2004 September 15

Repository Details

Part of the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History Repository

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