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J. O. Campbell diary

Identifier: W-0139

Scope and Contents

Written between January 1 and May 19, 1895, the daily entries in this diary detail J. O. Campbell's activities as a stenographer and typist for what appears to be a bank or broker's office in Montgomery, Alabama. One entry, Saturday, March 16, describes asking Governor Thomas G. Jones if he (Campbell) could "read law in his office." He offers his services as a part-time stenographer and typist, and explains that he doesn't want to practice law "but wanted to know something about it," that his "ultimate goal" was to go to Harvard. In a late February entry, he vividly describes saving a two-month-old puppy from a forty-four foot open well, injuring his foot in the process. There are blue tinted prints of Montgomery streets and buildings pasted in the diary, as well as a hand drawn floorplan of the sixth floor of the Moses Building where he worked.


  • 1895-01 - 1895-05


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Biographical / Historical

J. O. Campbell was a young man working as a stenographer and typist in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1895.


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Diary of J. O. Campbell, a young man employed as a stenographer and typist in Montgomery, Alabama

Physical Location

A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010


Title on box: A. S. Williams III Americana Collection - Small Collections



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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266