Barbara Campbell Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017.007

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Collection items include: itineraries, 1975-1995; sabbatical/professional leave reports, 1968-1990; speeches and presentations, 1972-2015; deaconess appointments, 1969-1995; annual staff reviews, 1976-1994; published articles, 1958-2010; general correspondence, 1969-1996; newspaper articles and clippings, 1950-2010; staff statistics, 1960-2000; mission postcards and associated correspondence, 1960-2000; “To Educate Is to Teach to Live” books and monographs, 1960-2010; “The Deaconess Movement Report,” 1964-1989; “Her Name was Willie” report and background documentation, awards and membership information, 2000; McKendree College honorary degree and awards, 2000; The Higher Education initiative, 2000; interim president documents, 2005; building and grounds documentation for the Scarritt-Bennett campus, 2010; information on Mabel K. Howell, 1873-1920; the Rev. Mary Phillips monograph. 1980; biographical information about Mrs. Willie Elizabeth Harding McGavock, 1832-1895; and the Josephine Eaton Peel Campbell monograph and biographical information, 1853-1920.


  • Majority of material found within 1950 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Biographical / Historical

Barbara E. Campbell was born on September 6, 1926, in Olney, Illinois. She attended McKendree College in Lebanon, IL, and received her B.A. and M.A. Degrees from Scarritt College in 1953 and 1954, respectively. She was commissioned a deaconess in 1955 and subsequently served as Director of Christian Education at Niedringhaus Methodist Church in Granite City, IL. In 1958, she joined the staff of the Woman’s Division of Christian Service in New York City; staff responsibilities included Visual Education and Leadership Development. In 1974, she was elected Assistant General Secretary in Administration. Special assignments included working on “the Committee of 24” to develop plans for United Methodist Women; joining a team to create plans for The Scarritt-Bennett Center; and becoming Program Coordinator for the 1994 Assembly. Campbell was a member and then president of the Scarritt-Bennett Center Board of Directors, and she served as Interim President (Executive Director) during 2005. She is the author of “United Methodist Women: In the Middle of Tomorrow” and “To Educate is to Teach to Live."


5.5 Linear Feet (12 archive boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains documents, correspondence, books, manuscripts, monographs, speeches, presentations, staff and interim director reports, building and grounds reports, and compact discs (CDs) associated with Barbara Campbell from the 1950s to circa 2015. During her career, Campbell worked as a deaconess, staff member of the Women’s Division of Christian Service, member and president of the Scarritt-Bennett Center Board of Directors, and Interim President. Between 1950 and 2015, she also authored two books and multiple articles.


This collection is arranged in single folders by subject, and some folders have been organized in the following groups: (1) Speeches/Presentations, (2) Annual Staff Reviews, (3) Published Articles, (4) “To Educate Is to Teach to Live” and associated documents, and (5) Scarritt-Bennett Center Interim President.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is property of The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Finding Aid for the Barbara Campbell Papers
Jim Evilsizer and Joon Powell
March 2018
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Scarritt Bennett Center - Laskey Library and Archives Repository

Virginia Davis Laskey Library and Archives
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212


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