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Virginia Campbell Papers

Identifier: CLRC-720

Scope and Contents

The collection includes tempera illustrations and progressive proofs for the children's book New Feathers for the Old Goose, a book of poetry illustrated by Virginia Campbell and written by John Becker.


  • Creation: circa 1956


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Virginia Campbell was an American actress, artist, and illustrator. She was born in Louisiana in 1914 to Jacob Horstenstein and Carrie Schwing. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1934, after which she worked on Broadway and in Hollywood, where Campbell appeared in several films, including Unconquered, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. After marrying writer John Becker, she retired from acting and moved to Europe, where she lived in Rome and London. Campbell began painting, using a variety of mediums, and also illustrated two children's books, New Feathers for the Old Goose and Near-Tragedy at the Winterfall, both written by her husband. Campbell died February 17th, 2016 in London.

Biographical sources:

Barnes, Mike. "Virginia Campbell, Actress in DeMille’s ‘Unconquered,’ Dies at 102." The Hollywood Reporter. April 15, 2016.

"The Life of Virginia Campbell." Exhibits. Iberville Museum, Plaquemine, LA. Accessed June 2023.


.08 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


The collection includes illustrative material for one children's book illustrated by Virginia Campbell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Virginia Campbell, 1970.

Virginia Campbell Papers, circa 1956
Leslie Czechowski
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Revision Statements

  • June 2023: Collection reprocessed and collection guide updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library