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Professor John Lyle Campbell collection

 Collection — Folder: S0312
Identifier: S0312

Scope and Contents

The 20-page manuscript consists of four parts, thus: (1) First Presbyterian Church in Madison, Indiana, calling James H. Johnson as their pastor on October 3, 1825, and designation of Rev. Johnston as agent of the American Home Missionary Society, on November 16, 1829; (2) letter by Prof. Campbell to Wm. G. Sipes, on November 15, 1878, giving the facts about his originating the idea of the International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876; (3) Dedication of the Indiana State Building at the Columbian Exposition, on June 15, 1893, by John L. Campbell; and (4) The College, 1844 to 1892, about Wabash.

“Miscellaneous Levels” blank book used by John Campbell from 1888 to 1889. The Salem Democrat article, June 21, 1899, entitled: “Salem Fifty Years Ago,” by Prof. John L. Campbell at the Old Settler’s Meeting, October 22, 1897. The Indianapolis News, January 24, 1903, article entitled: “Centennial of ’76 Professor’s Child – How Dr. John L. Campbell, of Wabash College, Conceived the Idea of Holding It.” Unknown newspaper article dated August 29, 1926 entitled: “Hoosier Scientist Fathered American Centennial in 1876 – Dr. John L. Campbell Suggested Celebration to Philadelphia Major in 1868 – Was Secretary of Commission.”


  • 1825-1926

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Campbell was born in Salem, Indiana, on October 13, 1827. His father was David Gaven Campbell and his mother was Roseanna Lynn. John graduated from the John I. Morrison Institute, a county seminary for boys and girls. From 1844 to 1848, he attended Wabash College (A.B. and A.M. degrees). He also obtained a degree from Indiana University (LL.D.). He was a physicist and civil engineer. Professor Campbell taught at Wabash College for more than 50 years, beginning in 1853.

John married Mary E. Johnston, daughter of the pastor of Crawfordsville Presbyterian Church, Rev. James H. Johnston. The 1850 federal census lists John, 22 years old, a college tutor, living in the home of Rev. James H. and Eliza A. Johnson, with their daughter Mary Ellen, age 14, his future wife. John and Mary married in 1854, and had three daughters: Anna L., born on May 2, 1856, married Albert Baker; Jennie Rose, born on March 23, 1860, married Albert Barnes Anderson, who was a judge of the U.S. District Court of Appeals; and Mary, born in 1867, married Benjamin Crane, a lawyer.

From 1875, John was a member of the American Philosophical Society. John Campbell died September 7, 1904, in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


Information Found within Collection and from accessed on August 8, 2012.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Benjamin Crane in 1937.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during August 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
Professor John Lyle Campbell collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.