This collection contains 29 scrapbooks, which include news clippings and printed material collected during Campbell's tenure as Pulaski County Judge from 1951 to 1968. These scrapbooks consist of campaign materials and news clippings involving annexation, the Pulaski County Penal Farm, road construction in Pulaski County, the Air Force Base in Jacksonville, the moving of the Pulaski County Jail in Little Rock in 1956, and county, state, and local elections.
Robert Arch Campbell was born December 6, 1888, in Willow Springs, Missouri. He moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, with his family in 1899. He served in the Army during World War I and returned to Arkansas in August 1919 to work in the lumber and construction industry as an engineer. Governor Homer Adkins appointed him district engineer for the State Highway Department District at Russellville. Governor Ben Laney later appointed him district engineer at Little Rock. Robert Arch Campbell served as Pulaski County Judge, 1950-1968. He was elected to eight two-year terms, but continued to serve from 1966 to 1968 when his elected successor, Tom Gulley, died before taking office. Campbell's most important accomplishment as county judge was an extensive county road improvement program. The largest project involved paving Hayes Street, now University Avenue, in1955, which opened the way for growth and commercial development in what would later become west Little Rock. As county judge, he was also responsible for the administration of the Pulaski County Penal Farm along the Arkansas River. Campbell died in Little Rock on March 28, 1990, at the age of 85. Campbell had served as Second Vice President of the Arkansas County Judges Association, Vice President of the Field Trail Association, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers. He was also active in the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council and the Little Rock River and Port Development Committee of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.
Document, 8.5" x 11"
Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)
Arch Campbell scrapbooks, MS.000137
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Arch Campbell scrapbooks, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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