Campbell, Olive D. (Olive Dame), 1882-1954

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Between 1908 and 1909, Olive Dame Campbell assisted her husband, John, on a fact-finding mission regarding social and cultural conditions in Appalachia. While traveling through the region, Campbell noted that many of the local ballads had strong ties to English and Irish folk songs. As her interest grew, Campbell began collecting the words and music to these songs, later published as "English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians." She also founded and directed the John C. Campbell Folk School and related cooperatives at Brasstown, North Carolina in an effort to preserve the crafts, tools, and techniques of the Appalachian people and to improve their quality of life through education.

From the guide to the Olive Campbell papers, 1897-1952, 1906-1919, (USF Tampa Library - Special & Digital Collections)

This collection is built around Olive Dame Campbell's efforts to collect and publish the folk songs of the Appalachian people. The collection contains ballads (lyrics only), sheet music, correspondence, manuscripts, newspaper clippings and booklets.

From the description of [Papers] 1897- 1952. (University of South Florida). WorldCat record id: 535814228

John C. Campbell (1867-1919) was born in La Porte, Ind., on 14 September 1867 to Gavin and Anna Barbara (Kipp) Campbell, and grew up in Steven's Point, Wisc. He graduated from Williams College in 1892 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Andover Theological Seminary in 1895. That same year, he married Grace H. Buckingham of Stevens Point, Wisc., who died in 1905. He married Olive Arnold Dame of West Medford, Mass., in 1907.

Campbell was a missionary teacher in Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. He was principal of a mountain school academy in Joppa, Ala., 1895-1898; taught in public school in Stevens Point, Wisc., 1898-1899; was principal of a mountain academy in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., 1900-1901; and was superintendent of secondary education (1901-1902), dean (1902-1903), and president (1903-1907) of Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. Campbell received a research grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to study the mountain regions of the South in 1909 and soon became an expert on the economic and social conditions of the Appalachians. He was secretary of Southern Highland Division of the Russell Sage Foundation in Asheville, N.C.; author of the Foundation's survey of conditions in the Southern Appalachians; and organizer of the Conference of Southern Mountain Workers.

Olive Dame Campbell (1882-1954) assisted her husband; founded and directed the John C. Campbell Folk School and related cooperatives at Brasstown, N.C.; and participated in the formation of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. While working with her husband, she collected mountain ballads and, after his death in 1919, prepared the report of his survey for publication.

Through the Conference for Southern Education, the Campbells became interested in the Scandinavian folk school as an alternative to the church and independent settlement school. After her husband's death, Olive Campbell continued his work with the conference and visited Denmark and other Scandinavian countries to study folk schools, 1922-1923. Upon her return, she opened the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

From the guide to the John C. Campbell and Olive D. Campbell Papers, 1836-2005, (bulk 1865-1950), (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Hutchins Library. Special Collections. John C. Campbell Folk School Collection 1909-1981. Berea College, Hutchins Library
referencedIn John C. Campbell Folk School Records 1923-1985. Berea College, Hutchins Library
referencedIn Kester, Howard A., 1904-1977. Papers, 1923-1978. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn John C. Campbell and Olive D. Campbell papers, 1836-2005 (bulk 1865-1950). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Kester, Howard, 1904-1977. Howard Kester papers, 1923-1972. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn John C. Campbell Folk School. John C. Campbell Folk School records, 1928-1988 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941,. George Lyman Kittredge additional papers on American songs and ballads, 1905-1937. Houghton Library
creatorOf Olive Campbell papers, 1897-1952, 1906-1919 USF Tampa Library - Special & Digital Collections
creatorOf John C. Campbell and Olive D. Campbell Papers, 1836-2005, (bulk 1865-1950) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Dame family. Dame family papers, 1805-1923; bulk: 1900-1916. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Council of the Southern Mountains. Council of the Southern Mountains records 1912-1970. Berea College, Hutchins Library
referencedIn History of Indiana University, 1968-1981 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Campbell, Olive D. (Olive Dame), 1882-1954. [Papers] 1897- 1952. University of South Florida, USF Library
referencedIn George Lyman Kittredge additional papers on American songs and ballads, 1905-1937. Houghton Library
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associatedWith Campbell, John C. (John Charles), 1867-1919 person
associatedWith Council of the Southern Mountains. corporateBody
associatedWith Dame family. family
associatedWith Hutchins Library. Special Collections. corporateBody
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith John C. Campbell Folk School. corporateBody
associatedWith Kester, Howard, 1904-1977. person
associatedWith Kester, Howard A., 1904-1977. person
associatedWith Kittredge, George Lyman, 1860-1941, person
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Appalachian Region, Southern
Appalachian Region, Southern
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Folk songs, English
Ballads, English
Folk music--Appalachian Region, Southern
Folk music
Ballads, English--Appalachian Region, Southern
Folk songs, English--Appalachian Region, Southern
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Birth 1882

Death 1954

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