University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the R.K. and J.E. Campbell Diary, 1849-1859



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Campbell, John Eaton, 1827-1909, and
Creator Campbell, Robert Kimbrough, 1829-1853
Title: Campbell, R.K. and J.E., Diary
Dates: 1849-1859
Abstract: The diary contains the notes, essays, and diary entries of Robert Kimbrough Campbell and John Eaton Campbell during their travels from Tennessee to Texas..
Accession No.: 64-64
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Campbell’s Station, Tennessee, the brothers Robert Kimbrough Campbell (1829-1853) and John Eaton Campbell (1827-1909), were two of eleven children to John Campbell (1780-1850) and Sarah Kimbrough (1794-1862). In 1851, the Campbell brothers embarked from Nashville by way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Houston and then traveled overland to Austin. With $500 from their father, they hoped to start a new life in Texas as teachers. Pupils were few, however, and so Robert returned to Tennessee in 1853, dying of typhoid fever shortly thereafter. Remaining in Texas, John married Lavinia Davidson (b.ca. 1834-1857) in 1853. He purchased land in Oak Hill, Texas, in 1902 and worked as a surveyor in Travis County.


Scope and Contents

The R.K. and J.E. Campbell Diary, 1849-1859, is a "common-place book," which contains the notes, essays, and diary entries of Robert Kimbrough Campbell and John Eaton Campbell. Penned primarily by Robert between 1851 and 1852, the book includes an essay entitled, "Woman and her influence," poems, financial records, as well as a description of the brothers’ journey from Tennessee to Texas. During the latter, he describes passing through Bastrop, San Marcos, and Austin, Texas. John also wrote an entry on December 26, 1859, describing travel from Nashville through Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio, and on the Ohio River.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Campbell, John Eaton, 1827-1909--Archives
Campbell, Robert Kimbrough, 1829-1853--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Travel--19th century
Places
Mississippi River--Description and travel--19th century--Sources
Ohio River--Description and travel--19th century--Sources
Southern States--Description and travel--19th century--Sources

Related Material

See also Andrew Jackson Campbell Papers, 1861-1993, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/02020/cah-02020.html


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R.K. and J.E. Campbell Diary, 1849-1859, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2K304 Diary, 1849-1959