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William Campbell Papers

Identifier: WCP

Scope and Contents

The William H. Campbell Papers collection contains photographs by William H. Campbell in addition to research carried out by Campbell pertaining to several other artists including: Alexey Brodovitch, Thomas Eakins, Arshile Gorky, Earl Horter, Irving Penn, Ben Rose and David Saunders. This collection also includes miscellaneous exhibition ephemera, works of other aforementioned artists and correspondences between Campbell and other artists, writers and curators. In addition, this collection contains other miscellaneous ephemera from William H. Campbell.


  • 1879-2010


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The William H. Campbell Papers are the physical property of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and are administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Biographical / Historical

William H. Campbell was a Philadelphia born illustrator and painter. Over the course of his life he worked with many great artists including Earl Horter. Throughout his life he worked as a teacher, illustrator and art director. He also cofounded Main Point, a club that encouraged and cultivated folk music and which hosted performances by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Arlo Guthrie and Joni Mitchell. Campbell continued to paint throughout his life until he ultimately passed away on October 31, 2012 to cancer.

Works Consulted

  1. W. H. Campbell, artist who confounded a cabaret, 2012. Philadelphia Inquirer.


3 linear feet (Two document cases and one flat box)


The William H. Campbell Papers is a collection of photographs, research, correspondences and other ephemera of William H. Campbell.

Custodial History

The material contained within this collection was in the possession of William H. Campbell until it was received by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Archives in 2010.

Processing Information

These materials were arranged and described by Daniel Marshall in 2018.

Guide to the William Campbell Papers
Daniel Marshall
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Repository Details

Part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library and Archives Repository

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646
Philadelphia PA 19101-7646 United States