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Campbell Named WTHA Fellow

April 17, 2015

Suzanne Campbell, head of the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection at Angelo State University, has been named a fellow of the West Texas Historical Association (WTHA) in recognition of her numerous contributions to the study and preservation of West Texas history.

An ASU staff member since 1996, Campbell received the recognition during the WTHA’s annual meeting earlier this month in Amarillo. Designation as a fellow is the highest academic honor an organization can bestow upon an individual. 

Campbell oversees ASU’s West Texas Collection, which includes thousands of books on genealogy and Texas history, folklore and fiction; more than 300 manuscript and document collections that include personal and family papers, records of organizations, courthouse records and the ASU Archives; more than 10,000 photographs and negatives in various collections and thousands of other photographs from the San Angelo Standard-Times; and more than 3,000 microfilm and microfiche reels that include census records, tax rolls, death indexes and many area newspapers. 

Suzanne CampbellSuzanne CampbellDuring her time at ASU, Campbell has also overseen the acquisition of several major collections from public and private donors and estates, including a large collection of items from the Mexican Revolution, the Anson-Boulware Collection, the legal papers of former State Rep. Robert Junell, Standard-Times photos, a Runnels County collection and Vietnam War memorabilia. 

Additionally, Campbell has been instrumental in planning numerous campus events and activities, including visits by Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, Holocaust survivors and local Vietnam War veterans, as well as genealogy workshops, campus building dedications, library book sales and the ASU Time Capsule project. She is currently contributing to the ASU History Department’s “War Stories” project that is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as an ASU Honors Program project to compile video interviews and war memorabilia from local Vietnam veterans. 

Her ASU campus awards include a 2007 Employee Excellence Award and the 2012-13 Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Staff Award. 

Campbell joins Dr. Shirley Eoff and Dr. Arnoldo De León of the ASU history faculty as WTHA fellows. 

The WTHA was organized in 1924 in Abilene and was headquartered at Hardin-Simmons University until completing a move to Texas Tech University in 1998. Its membership includes both professional and non-professional historians with a common desire to preserve the history of the West Texas region for current and future generations. More details are available at http://swco.ttu.edu/westtexas/.