A Guide to the Frank Leslie Campbell Papers, 1953-1979 Campbell, Frank Leslie Papers Ms1980-005

Frank Leslie Campbell Papers, 1953-1979

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1980-005


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Processed by: Hannah Bochain, student assistant, and Kira A. Dietz, Archivist Special Collections

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Frank Leslie Campbell Papers, 1953-1979
Physical Characteristics
2.4 cu. ft. 8 boxes
Campbell, Frank Leslie
Wine bottle labels collected by Frank Campbell, an entomologist with the National Academy of Science - National Research Council, and a manuscript draft of his European travel memoir, titled "Better Late."

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Frank Leslie Campbell Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Frank Leslie Campbell Papers, Ms1980-005, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Frank Leslie Campbell Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1979.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Frank Leslie Campbell Papers commenced in February, 2013 and was completed in March, 2013.

Biographical Note

Frank Leslie Campbell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1898. He attended Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in chemical engineering from the latter institution. Following graduation, Campbell worked as a chemist in the Japanese Beetle Laboratory in Riverton, New Jersey, then obtained master's and doctoral degrees in entomology from Rutgers University and Harvard University, respectively.

After completing his doctorate, Campbell taught at New York University for a year, then was appointed to a research position in the United States Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Entomology, where he concentrated on the application of toxic substances in controlling insect pest populations. His research led to the development of the "aerosol bomb" used in the control of mosquitoes and other flying insects. From 1936 to 1942, Campbell served on the faculty of Ohio State University and also as a consultant for the Office for Agricultural War Relations. Following World War II, Campbell served five years as editor of The Scientific Monthly, then 11 years as executive secretary of the Biology and Agriculture Division, National Academy of Science - National Research Council. Following retirement, he continued to conduct research at the University of Vienna, Austria and in New South Wales, Australia. For four summers in the 1970s, he was a visiting professor of entomology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Frank Campbell died in Washington, DC on July 13, 1979.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of more than 5500 wine bottle labels gathered by Frank Campbell, an entomologist with the National Academy of Science - National Research Council, and his wife Ina. The labels have been affixed to index cards with each card bearing Campbell's commentary on date, place, and method of acquisition; as well as the quality of the wine. The collection also includes a typescript draft of the Campbells' 1964-1966 European travel memoir, "Better Late: An Entomologist's Postretirement Renovation."


The labels are arranged by country of purchase. A small assortment of non-indexed labels is at the end of the collection, followed by the Campbells' manuscript.

Index Terms


  • Cocktail History Collection
  • Cocktails--History
  • History of Food and Drink
  • Wine labels

Contents List

Indexed wine labels, 1953-1979, n.d.
  • Box 1
  • Box 2
  • Box 3
  • Box 4
  • Box 5
  • Box 6
  • Box 7
Box-folder 8-1
Loose wine labels and wine label count sheet, 1979, n.d.
Box-folder 8-2
"Better Late" manuscript by Frank and Ina Lee Campbell, 1973