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Willard E. Mead collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Sir Francis Joseph Campbell (1832-1914) was an American-born musician, anti-slavery activist, and educator of the blind. After losing his sight at the age of five, Campbell attended the Tennessee School for the Blind, where he became a music teacher at the age of 16. He then attended the University of Tennessee and subsequently held the position of musical director at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and the Perkins Institution for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts. Campbell's anti-slavery views were discovered by other citizens during his time in Wisconsin, and he was given 24 hours to renounce his views or be hanged. Campbell did not renounce his anti-slavery sentiments, but was saved from hanging due to sympathy for his blindness. In 1872, Cambell co-founded, alongside Thomas Armitage, the Royal Normal College and Academy for the Blind (now the Royal National College for the Blind) in the United Kingdom. Information from the Royal National College for the Blind.

Letters addressed to Sir Francis Campbell, founder of the Royal Norwood College for the Blind in England. These letters are from personalities and leaders in the cultural, social, and political affairs of the period. Among them are Lyman Abbott, Alexander G. Bell, Robert Browning, Andrew Carnegie, Joseph H. Choate, Dinah Maria Craik, S. Coleridge Taylor, General John Eaton, George Henschel, Helen Keller, Anton Rubinstein, John Ruskin, Clara Schumann, Arthur Sullivan, Brigham Young, and others. Some letters are directed to Sarah Faulkner Campbell, Sir Francis Campbell's wife.

The letters concern the education of the blind and Campbell's efforts to enlist European notables, particularly musicians, in education of the blind.

The Willard E. Mead collection was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1941 by Willard E. Mead.

Original processing information unknown. Revised by Allison Hall; completed May 2020.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Letters to Campbell A-C, 1880-1909.
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correspondents include: Edwin E. Allen, Julia H. Aragros, M. Aragros, Cannon Bell, Alexander Bell, John Bright, Jawa Brudgman, Phillips Brooks, Andrew Carnegie, Hans Von Bulow, Lady Pardolph Churchill, Dinah Maria Craik, Sir Henry Craik

Letters to Campbell D-F, 1883-1900.
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correspondents include: George Davidson, Louis Dyer, General John Eaton II

Letters to Campbell G-K, 1866-1905.
Box 1
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correspondents include: Frederic Grant Gleason, Otto Goldschmidt, Edward E. Hale, George Henschel, Julia Ward Howe, Victor Horseley, Samuel G. Howe

Letters to Campbell L-P, 1874-1909.
Box 1
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correspondents include: Alexander George, Alexander Frederic, Robert J

Letters to Campbell R-Z, 1870-1902.
Box 1
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correspondents include: Frederic Relton, Anne Isabella, Sir Arthur Sullran, Francis Q.Walker, Francis Willard

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