Sir John Logan Campbell - Papers
- MS-51 (Reference Number)
- 77/56 (Registration Number)
This is a merged collection with several provenances. It consists of five parts:
Part 1 -- John Logan Campbell and family (Folders 1-274, 319-332)
This should be considered a family archive. It contains Sir John Logan Campbell's (JLC) personal papers (approximately 40%); his business papers (approximately 40%) and also an extensive collection of letters belonging to his wife Emma Campbell, daughter Winifred and other family members (approximately 20%). Of particular note are his "Reminiscences" (MS-51-1) and "My autobiography" (MS-51-2). Some documents relate to the purchase and development of land including One Tree Hill / Cornwall Park, as well as business correspondence for his businesses: Brown and Campbell (1840 - ??), Campbell and Ehrenfried, and McDermott and Campbell. It is a rich source of business and entrepreneurial history of the greater Auckland area, genealogy and family history, and JLC as an Auckland benefactor. There is also a strong collection of women's papers, exceedingly rich in social history -- a rare resource. These present a unique collection of particular interest to women's studies and social historians.
Correspondence relating to Brown and Campbell Ltd. reflects Logan Campbell's business acumen and follows his commercial interests from the early 1840s to the late 19th century - kauri gum and timber mills; farms and land speculation. Includes letters written to John Logan Campbell by his business partner William Brown, 1856 - 1864, 1884 - 1897, James Farmer, 1892 – 1893 and John Webster, 1900 - 1911.
Also included is correspondence between Campbell, his wife Emma and daughters Ida and Winifred while on an extended tour of Europe. Campbell had returned to New Zealand to rescue the floundering business while the women stayed on in Europe. Fortunately, Campbell kept copies of letters sent which complement the inward correspondence. There is also a sequence of letters for the period his wife and daughters stayed in Tasmania in 1875.
The collection includes letters from James Mackelvie, one time manager of Brown and Campbell, later a renowned art collector and Auckland benefactor.
Also landscape designer Austin Strong (New York), sculptor P.F. (Frank) Connelly (Florence, Italy) and Catherine Helen Spence, a fellow passenger on ship 'Palmyra' (1839 voyage) and later an Australian suffragette. [Deposited by the Cornwall Park Trustees in 1957. The part of the collection remains the property of the Trust. 5.55 linear metres.]
Part 2 -- Cornwall Park Trust (Folders 275-318)
Papers relating to the administration and development of Cornwall Park, 1899 - 1952. Some of the material predates the management by the Trust. Includes maps and plans and papers relating to lease of land, development of the park and the building on the obelisk. Reflecting Sir John's ongoing contribution to Auckland and the people of New Zealand, this collection is of particular interest to researchers of Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill and JLC. [Deposited in 1967 by the Cornwall Park Trust Board. 45cm]
Part 3 -- Winifred Humphreys (Folders 333-346)
Letters, personal and family papers belonging to Winifred Humphreys, daughter of Emma and John Logan Campbell. It contains a number of letters from her parents and correspondence with her financial adviser after her parent's death and family information. A strong collection of women's papers, rich in social history, especially when coupled with the John Logan Campbell and family collection. [Gifted by Alexander Turnbull Library. Date and details not yet determined (pre 1967). 40cm] Note: Winifred's diaries and notebooks, 1900-1924, are held in the Alexander Turnbull Library, MS-1040 – 1049.
Part 4 -- Russell Cyril James Stone (Folders 347, 349)
Notes supplied by Professor R.C.J. Stone and used during compilation of the biography of John Logan Campbell in the course of his research/study, along with photocopies of a biographical account of Campbell's life and a letter from John Logan Campbell to J. Gallagher. [Gifted by Russell Stone]
Part 5 -- Sir Colin Campbell, 8th Baronet of Aberuchill and Kilbryde (Folders 348, 350)
Campbell’s Bible and associated letter, plus photocopy of holograph written by JLC in his last years. [Gifted by Sir Colin Campbell, 1975]
For further information refer to the inventory.
26 London boxes + 12 outsized boxes and 2 extra-outsized items (10.6 linear metres)
- Printed ephemera
- Press cuttings
- Watercolour on paper
- Campbell and Ehrenfried Company Limited. Records. Auckland City Libraries. [Call No. NZMS 1423]
- Cornwall Park, Auckland, NZ.../ [Plan] designed by Austin Strong, Landscape architect... [Call No. G9081.G46A8:O2]
- This collection is generally open access, but does have some restrictions. See inventory for details. Electronic copies of many items are available. (Access Notes)
Campbell, Sir John Logan. Papers. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-51.
- This link will take you to the Te Ara website and R.C.J. Stone's biography of Sir John Logan Campbell:
- An electronic copy of John Logan Campbell's "Reminiscences" (PDF 297 MB) and Folder 82 (PDF 99.6 MB) is available upon request. Please contact Museum Library staff for details.
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