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Ben Campbell Collection

Identifier: MSS 0283

Scope and Contents

This collection appears to be created by a relative of Ben Campbell. It contains correspondence and letters, pamphlets and programs, memorials, mayoral addresses, photographs, and several folders of newsclippings. Also included is an account book which is believed to be of Ben Campbell’s father and a newsclipping scrapbook.


  • Date Not Yet Determined

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Ben Campbell Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Ben Campbell, a Houston lawyer and judge, served as mayor of the city from 1913-1917. Campbell’s father, physician Farquahard Campbell, moved the family from Alabama to Waverly, Texas in 1860. Campbell first practiced law in Huntsville in 1882 with Thomas B. Ball. In 1893, he moved to Houston, practicing law with J.C. Hutcheson Sr. and W.G. Sears. Later, he became partners with John H. Freeman, and Sewall and Sterling Myer.

During his mayoral administration, the Port of Houston was completed with a combination of local and federal funds. Campbell ran as a Progressive reformer promising Houston citizens better public services and an honest, more efficient government. Houston became the first city in the South to distribute free textbooks to school children under his administration.


2.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



There are no series. Arrangement is by box and folder.

Related Materials

MSS 1023 Houston Mayor Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Abra Schnur, October 2017

Ben Campbell Collection
Abra Schnur
November 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002