Introduction to the Arthur Campbell Papers
The Arthur Campbell archive consists of 500 documents, 1500 photographs and 2500 newspaper cuttings, around 1925-1990, deriving from Arthur Campbell of Belfast (1909 to 1994).
The papers include 286 letters and cards to Arthur Campbell and Gretta Bowen (his mother) on exhibitions, the Youth Hostel Association of Northern Ireland, Harry Ferguson (Motors) Ltd. and advertising. One particular highlight amongst the correspondence is a 100th birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II to Gretta Bowen.
The major strength of the archive lies in the unique collection of 1500 photographs taken by Arthur Campbell and depicting street scenes in Belfast, Irish Youth Hostels, landscapes and car shows.
Also present are a number of draft advertisements designed by Arthur Campbell for Harry Ferguson (Motors) and a number of Youth Hostel Association of Northern Ireland handbooks of the period 1933 to 1953.