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Robert Campbell Family Papers, 1825-1879; 1940-1943

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Identifier: A0226

Title: Robert Campbell Family Papers, 1825-1879; 1940-1943


Robert Campbell was born in Ireland in 1804, came to America in 1822, and to St. Louis in 1824. A year later he joined William H. Ashley's second expedition to the Rocky Mountains. Campbell and William L. Sublette became business partners in 1831. They established a fur trading post named Fort William in 1834, which was destroyed in 1846. Sublette and Campbell dissolved their partnership in 1842. Campbell was president of the Bank of the State of Missouri and later of Merchants Bank, and also owned a dry goods store. In 1846, he aided in equipping volunteers in the Mexican War. In 1851, he served with Father DeSmet as representative of the U.S. government in the Indian council at Horse Creek.

Copies of letters (1825-1841) of Robert Campbell, William H. Ashley, Robert Wiley, Andrew Drips, John O'Fallon, Mary Campbell, Fred A. Tracy, and William L. Sublette concerning the fur trade, sale of beaver, and business and family matters; correspondence regarding the Santa Fe trade, 1825-1831; preparation for mountain trip, 1832-1837; private journal (original and typescript) of Robert Campbell, September 21-December 31, 1833, while at Fort William; narrative of Campbell's experiences in the Rocky Mountain fur trade, 1825-1835 (dictated to William Fayel in 1879); record of shipments (1862-1864) of Campbell and Company under the open cargo policy of the United Insurance Company; inventory of Campbell and Company, 1864; material relating to the case of Robert Campbell and Company v. J.C. Dent, which was brought before the Supreme Court of Missouri, and on the Campbell House Museum, St. Louis; testimony, depositions, exhibits, reports, court orders, correspondence, and memoranda pertaining to the disposition of the estate of Hazlett Kyle Campbell (died 1938), last child of Campbell; and genealogical material of the Campbell family.

Indexed in the archives card catalog.

1 box

Cite as: Robert Campbell Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1825-1879; 1940-1943

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Campbell, Robert, 1804-1879

Subjects: Fur trade
West (U.S.)
Discovery and exploration
Actions and defenses
Administration of estates
Rocky Mountains


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