The Life & Work of John C. Campbell
John C. Campbell (1867-1919) was an instrumental educator and enthusiastic social reformer. Dedicating the majority of his life to education, he was awarded a grant by the Russell Sage Foundation in 1908 and along with his wife Olive Dame Campbell set off to observe the people and customs of the Southern Highlands. He was unique in that he wanted to work towards creating more socio-economic opportunities for struggling rural families without diminishing the rich cultural, musical, and traditional craft practices of the region.
Olive Dame Campbell was a social reformer, “songcatcher” and astute historian in her own right; uniquely suited to capturing John’s mission, vision, and values together for publication. Unfortunately, her overview was left uncomplete upon her death.
Now Elizabeth McCutchen Williams, takes up this remarkable work. After editing “Appalachian Travels: The Diary of Olive Dame Campbell” and as a research librarian and an associate professor at Appalachian State University, McCutcheon Williams relies on diary entries, letters, and compiled published works authored by both John and Olive Campbell.