Series PR3414.0002 - Ruby (Kilgour) Campbell series

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Ruby (Kilgour) Campbell series

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    • 1900-1981 (Creation)

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    0.15 m of textual material. – 11 photographs

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    Ruby Campbell Kilgour (Campbell being her middle name) was born on August 19, 1889 in Cornwall, Ontario. She was raised in Cornwall and received a teaching diploma from the University of Toronto in 1908. She taught at public schools in Cornwall for four years before going back to university to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Queen's University, graduating in 1915 and returning to her career as a public school teacher. She married John William (J.W.) Campbell in 1917 but remained in Cornwall as John served in the military during the First World War.

    After the war, J.W. and Ruby Campbell moved to Iowa City, Iowa where J.W. taught at the University of Iowa until 1920. At that time, Dr. Campbell accepted a position in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Alberta and moved to Edmonton on his own. Ruby was pregnant and she stayed in Cornwall, Ontario with her family until the birth of her son, Donald K. Campbell, in December, 1920. Ruby and Donald then rejoined John Campbell in Edmonton. A second child, Elizabeth, was born in 1924.

    When J.W. Campbell received a position on the University of Alberta faculty, Ruby was discouraged from working as it was seen as inappropriate for the wife of a professor to do so. She subsequently left her teaching career, which she later regretted.

    Ruby was very active in the Edmonton community, becoming a member of the University Women's Club, Knox United Church, the Tri Psi Sorority, and the Edmonton Centre for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. She also wrote poetry, some of which was published by her daughter, Elizabeth. Ruby Campbell died in Edmonton in July, 1980.

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    The series consists of certificates and diplomas related to her educational and teaching career, poetry manuscripts, correspondence, documents related to her civic activities, memoirs of a road/camping trip undertaken by the Campbell family across Great Britain and Norway in 1936, and notebooks full of poetry and prose spanning several decades.

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    Arrangement note: The series is part of the Campbell Family Fonds (PR3414).

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        See also the John (J.W.) Campbell series (PR3414.0001) and the Donald Campbell series (PR3414.0003). For more information on the University Women's Club, see As It Happened: The University Women's Club of Edmonton, the First 60 Years (378.71233 B855 PAA) in the Provincial Archives of Alberta library. For more information about Knox United Church, see History of Knox United Church (287.92 H673) in the Provincial Archives of Alberta library.

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