Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Hillary H. Campbell Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC011

Collection Summary

Creator: Campbell, Hillary H., 1896-1979
Title: Hillary H. Campbell collection
Dates: 1840-1973
Dates: (Bulk: 1890-1912)
Abstract: This collection consists primarily of printed materials and photographs relating to the Russell and Campbell families of Orange, Texas.
Identification: MC011
OCLC Record No.: 46670421
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in Connecticut in 1817, Robert Benedict Russell emigrated to San Augustine, Texas, in 1835. Joining the Texian Army, he fought at the Battle of San Jacinto and later returned to San Augustine where he married Lavinia Brownrigg in 1841. Russell published the San Augustine Redlander (1846-1850) and then moved to Sabine Pass (1850). He later located to Orange, Texas, in 1854 where he was the postmaster from 1861 to 1875. In 1873 he patented a process for bundling shingles and ran a steam-operated shingle mill. He died in an accident in 1880.

Lavinia and Robert Russell had six children. Their son, Henry Hoyt Russell, married Susan Russell and produced three children, George, Julia and Robert. Julia Russell Campbell's son, Hillary Hoyt Campbell, a businessman in Orange, Texas, donated the materials in the collection to the San Jacinto Museum of History over a period of 27 years.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and printed materials comprise the bulk of this collection donated by the great-grandson of San Jacinto Veteran Robert B. Russell and related to the Russell and Campbell families and southeast Texas. Of particular interest are 56 photographs (1865-1901) which document 27 acquaintances of Julia Russell from her school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston to Hamilton Female College in Lexington, Kentucky. Nine photographs contain images of family members including Robert B. Russell and Lavinia Brownrigg Russell. Orange, Texas, and the Sabine River country are the subjects of another 11 photographs. A collection of dance cards (1891-1894), National Recovery Administration (NRA) stickers (1933-1936), and 20 Boy Scout items including membership cards, badge cards, and certificates (1924-1938) are also of interest. The collection contains a photographic copy of the catalog of a 1935 S. Seymour Thomas Exhibit held at Los Angeles, California. His portrait of Sam Houston hangs in the San Jacinto Museum of History.


Organized into six series: Correspondence, Legal, Printed material, Photographs, Maps, and Roll book; arrangement is chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Campbell, Hillary H., 1896-1974--Archives
Campbell, Julia Russell--Archives
Russell, Robert Benedict, 1817-1880--Archives
Russell, Robert Benedict, 1817-1880--Portraits
Thomas, Stephen Seymour, 1868-1956
Boy Scouts of America
United States. National Recovery Administration
Orange (Tex.)--Pictorial works
Sabine River (Tex. and La.)--Pictorial works
Map of the river Sabine from its mouth on the Gulf of Mexico in the sea to Logins Ferry
Portraiture, 1891-1935 by S. Seymour Thomas

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Hillary H. Campbell Collection, MC011, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Hillary H. Campbell, 1946-1973.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Dixon, Sam Houston and Louis Wiltz Kemp. The Heroes of San Jacinto. Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1932.



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19 1 Letters 1901, 1910
2 Telegrams 1873


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19 3 Deed: Robert B. Russell, Orange County, Texas 1865 May 16
4 Patent: Robert B. Russell's Patent for Bound Shingles 1873 June

Printed Materials

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19 5 Newspaper Clippings circa 1900-1973
6 Catalog, Clippings: S. Seymour Thomas Exhibit 1935, 1957
7 Ephemera: Dance Cards 1891-1894
8 Ephemera: Dance Cards 1891-1894
9 Ephemera: Dance Cards 1891-1894
10 Ephemera: Advertising 1879-1910
11 Ephemera: Cards undated
12 Ephemera: Boy Scouts: Membership cards, Badge cards, Calendar 1925-1938
13 Ephemera: Boy Scouts: Certificates 1924-1925
14 Ephemera: National Recovery Administration Stickers (NRA) 1933-1936
15 Programs: Vesper Service "The Story of Christmas" 1927 December 25
16 General 1840, 1951, 1973


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19 17 Russell/Campbell Families 1888-1954, undated undated
18 Friends of Julia Russell Campbell 1888-1891, undated
19 Places: Orange, Texas; Sabine River 1865-1901, undated
20 People: Unidentified 1880-1890,undated


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19 21 Texas: Sabine River [photostat] 1840

Roll Book

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19 22 Sunday School Class 1925-1926