Austin History Center

John A. Campbell Ledger

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Campbell, John A.
Title: John A. Campbell Ledger
Inclusive Dates: circa 1890s-1920s
Abstract: The ledger contains notes and instructions for medicinal compounds written by John A. Campbell, a pharmacist in Austin, Texas from approximately 1887 to 1901.
Identification: AR.1994.031
Quantity: .6 linear ft. (1 ledger)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

John A. Campbell was born in 1857 in Texas and married Frankie F. Phillips on 1887 in Goliad, Texas. The Austin City Directories list him as a clerk at Morley Brothers from 1887-1892 and a prescription clerk at A. Gieson & Company from 1893-1896, John H. Chiles, Druggist from 1897-1899, and C.O. Yates, Druggist from 1900-1901. He is also listed as the secretary (1895-1896) and president (1897-1900) of the Austin Pharmaceutical Association. Census records indicate that the Campbell's had one son, Dillard Colby Campbell, in the late 1880s. After the death of John (Frankie is listed as a widow in 1903 Austin City Directory) Frankie was remarried to Wesley M. Way.

Scope and Contents

The cover of the ledger reads "Campbell's Rx Book". The ledger contains "recipes" for various medicinal compounds such as the "Sun" Cholera Mixture, "Squibbs" Cholera Mixture, Eczema Cure, Wilson McKinly Horse Powder and Campbell's Shoo-Skeeter (which appears to be an insect repellent containing pennyroyal oil, cedar oil, citronella oil, and gasoline). The last two pages of the ledger appear to be written by John's widow and contain information about the military career's of her father Layfette Phillips, her second husband Wesley M. Way and her son Colby Dillard Campbell.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Campbell, Dillard Colby.
Campbell, John A.
Way, Frankie F.
Austin Pharmaceutical Association
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the great-grandson of Campbell.

Preferred Citation

John A. Campbell Ledger (AR.1994.031). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1984/077

Donation Date: 1984

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 Campbell's Rx Book, circa 1890s-1920s