Jesse Larrimore Campbell Papers, 1940-2008


Jesse Larrimore Campbell Papers, 1940-2008


The Jesse Larrimore Campbell Papers, held by the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, consists of two compact discs made from a 1985 recording of Campbell recalling his life. Supplementary material includes a family genealogy, photocopies of clippings and photographs, and documents about the family by Campbell's daughter and granddaughter.

Campbell grew up in a mining town in Kentucky and in the recording discusses his playmates and other aspects of life in a coal town. He mentions that his mother was a musician and singer and that his father spent time out West in Indian Territory. There is discussion of food, family names, crops, going to school, and growing up without electricity or an icebox. In commenting on his schooling, he mentions that he taught school for a couple of weeks when he was in seventh grade and the teacher ran off with one of the students, and that when he moved to Tennessee, the teacher put him in 6th grade because he didn't have any report cards to show that he was supposed to be in the 8th grade.

The current digital collection contains a PDF file surrogate of the collection's paper materials along with streaming access to MP3 files of the audio recording created in 2022.


Campbell, Jesse Larrimore (Person)


Jesse Larrimore Campbell Papers, Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University




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ETSU Archives of Appalachia: AppMs-0782

Collection Items

One hour and forty-six minute compact disc recording of The Story of a Coal Miner's Son, Letcher County & Knott County, Kentucky, circa 1985.Digital file is available to stream here.

Family genealogy, photocopies of clippings and photographs
Folder 01 contains Campbell family genealogy, undated; Family history and explanation of the recording, 4 August 2008; Photocopy: Photograph of Campbell on the bus to enlist, 1940s; Photocopy: Photograph of Campbell in uniform, Fairbanks, Alaska,…
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