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Edward J. Campau Papers

Identifier: RH-A-3962

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various personal correspondence and military related documents pertaining to Edward J. Campau and/or his family members. The majority of the collection spans the years 1928 to 1950. The majority of the collection consists of personal correspondence belonging to Edward J. Campau, a descendent of Louis Campau, pioneer and founder of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A section of the collection consists of personal correspondence belonging to Elward B. Campau, Edward’s younger brother. Elward was born in 1919 in Alto, Michigan. The timeframe of Elward’s correspondence falls within his time of service in the U.S. Army, ranging from 1942-44.


  • Creation: 1928-1950


Biographical / Historical

Born in Alto, Michigan in 1916, Edward J. Campau, attended Grand Rapids Junior College, Michigan State University, Stanford University, and the University of Wisconsin. He earned his doctorate degree in Economic Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. A veteran of the United States Army during World War II, Edward = served three years in the 19th Malarial Survey Unit in Africa and Iran in World War II. Some of the collection includes insect and malaria circulars. Edward continued to work as an entomologist, working for both the Standard Oil Company and the Eli Lily Company before his death in 2007.


2.75 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection consists of 2.75 cubic feet. The collection is organized into twelve groups based on the subject or origins of the documents, with various subgroups under several of the groups, based on narrowed subject matter or timeframe.

The collection is in generally good condition with the exception of a few pieces of correspondence that have decayed and become brittle with age; these pieces were placed between archival-grade papers in an effort to provide better support to the documents. All paper clips and staples have been removed, and any newspaper clippings included in the letters have been photocopied and the originals have been placed in their own folder, as the copies have replaced the originals that accompanied the letters. There are a few photographs that were included with some of the letters and they have been placed in photo protectors.


This collection was acquired with funds from the Starring Endowment.


Edward J. Campau Papers Finding Aid
Korina Christensen
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
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