Beulah Campbell Collection

About Beulah Campbell

Beulah Campbell teaching her Children's Literature course

Professor Emerita of Elementary Education

Beulah Catherine Campbell (May 7, 1916 - ) was born in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Ber­tha Durham Campbell and Abraham Harding Campbell.

Campbell began college in 1935 at Campbellsville College and in 1937 trans­ferred to Western Kentucky State University, where she received an A.B. in elementary education in 1941. Meanwhile, she taught for six years in a one-room school in Taylor County, Kentucky. She completed her M.A. degree in elementary education in 1944 at Western Kentucky State University. While doing graduate work, Ms. Campbell taught fifth graders in the public schools in Clinton, Tennessee.

In 1943, Campbell began work with the Appalachian State Teachers' College [now Appalachian State University] Demonstration School, teaching third grade. She also taught college classes in elementary education in the summer school at the college from 1945-46. In 1947, Campbell became an assistant professor of elementary education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennslyvania, where she served until 1957 . During this time, she did additional graduate work in children's literature and reading at Colorado State College in Greeley, Colorado, for one sum­mer and at George Peabody College [now affliated with Vanderbilt University] in Nash­ville, Tennessee, for another summer. In 1954-55, she attended Teachers' College of Columbia University in New York City, where she studied children's literature and teacher edu­cation. During this year, she also supervised first-year teachers at East Orange, New Jersey.

Campbell began her career at Appalachian State University in 1957. While serving as a professor in the College of Learning and Human Development, she gained national recognition conducting children’s literature conferences, festivals, and workshops for teachers and librarians. She also hosted study tours in the United States, British Isles  and Scandinavia, where students met authors and illustrators of award-winning children's books. In 1959-60, her biographical sketch was included in Who’s Who in American Literature [page 223].

In 1964, Rebecca Caudill dedicated her book Pocketful of Cricket to Campbell. Miriam Mason included her as the character "Miss Aberdeen," an elementary school teacher in her book Katie Kittenheart.

Campbell was awarded grants from the Department of Education in Washington, DC, to conduct an institute in children's literature ($54,000, in 1965) and an institute in black literature for children ($20,000, in 1970) which was rated as one of the top ten institutes in the nation in 1970.

In a trip sponsored by the Ford Venture Program, Campbell went in 1974 to England to visit eight British illustrators who had won that country's Kate Greenaway Award. She purchased illustrations from the award-win­ning books of these artists for the collection at Appalachian.

Campbell also received the Trustees' Award for outstanding teaching at Appala­chian.
On September 23, 24 and 25 of 1999, Campbell’s personal collection was brought to The Children’s Literature Symposium in Boone and exhibited at The Appalachian Cultural Museum.

Campbell’s were with professional affiliations were North Carolina Education Association; Na­tional Council of Teachers of English; and Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for women teachers. In light of her many accom­plishments and national renown, she was promoted to full professor in 1978, and in 1981 was granted emerita status.

Although she retired from teaching on June, 11 1981, Campbell continued to serve Appalachian for two years in 1981-1982 by collecting the original art work from children’s books and preparing it for them.

ASU Faculty Emerti, 6th edition (2004)
Dr. Richard Howe
(Used with permission.)


Sources: Appalachian State University files and personal correspondence.