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Clarence G. Campbell Collection

Identifier: CGC

Scope and Contents

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives houses the personal papers of Clarence Gordon Campbell. The collection ranges from 1923 to 1938. The Collection is entirely comprised of Clarence G. Campbell’s Personal Papers and all of his papers are contained under one record group. This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, reprints, published journals, and speeches/addresses. His career as eugenicist, scientist, and writer is well documented in this collection.


  • Creation: 1923 - 1939


Usage Restrictions

Archival materials may be used for research purposes only. Usage of material to support decisions about the person who is the subject of the materials, or in a way that causes substantial damage or distress to them is prohibited. When visiting the physical repository, archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users. Due to the very fragile nature of some materials in this collection, some are available through photocopies, while still others must be used under the supervision of an archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Campbell was born Clarence Gordon Campbell on April 28, 1868 in Marshall Field, Indiana. He married Helen Fahnestock and on January 28, 1897, the couple had one daughter, Helen Campbell. Helen would go on to marry Captain Clarence G. Michalis, 104th Field Artillery Division, and have a son named Clarence F. Michalis.


3 boxes (1 linear foot)

Language of Materials



The Clarence G. Campbell Collection documents the career of Clarence G. Campbell, noted eugenicist and first president of the Eugenics Research Association. The collection consists of typescripts or reprints of articles, news clippings, ephemera, and letters.


RThe finding aid for this collection has been arranged into four series: Correspondence, Manuscripts, Reprints, and Ephemera. The Ephemera Series also contains published journals.

The Correspondence Series is arranged alphabetically by the last name of the party Campbell was corresponding with. Where letters to multiple parties refer directly to each other, the letters were kept together and additional corresponding parties are noted in the finding aid.

Most of the manuscripts are not dated. Some manuscripts were grouped together when there was a clear shared topic. Manuscripts that had multiple drafts were given their own folders, while the remaining manuscripts were placed in an uncategorized folder. Some of the manuscripts are for articles that can be found in the reprints series. When manuscripts were accompanied by letters addressing them, they were instead placed in the Correspondence Series. These manuscripts are marked in the finding aid.

The Reprints Series contains several issues of Eugenical News, the official publication of The Eugenics Research Association. Other reprints were divided into those that were written by Campbell and those that were written by others.

The Emphemera Series contains flyers, brochures, handwritten notes, and other assorted papers.

  1. Series I: Correspondence, 1928-1938
  2. Series II: Manuscripts, 1923-1936
  3. Series III: Reprints, 1926-1937
  4. Series IV: Ephemera, 1929-1932


The Clarence G. Campbell Collection was donated by Clarence Michalis (grandson of Clarence G. Campbell) in 2009 via Philip Reilly.

Related Collections

The following collections at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives house materials related to Carnegie Institution of Washington at Cold Spring Harbor Administrative Records:

Charles B. Davenport

Carnegie Institution of Washington Eugenics Record Office Collection


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Clarence G. Campbell Collection
Finding Aid prepared by Lara E. Tewes Updated by Tom Adams Rewritten by Kate Pigliacelli, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

Library & Archives
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA