Guide to the Ada Campbell Rose (1901-1976) Papers

Collection Title: Ada Campbell Rose (1901-1976) Papers
Dates: 1922-1977
Identification: 31/6/45
Creator: Rose, Ada Campbell, 1901-
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Ada Campbell Rose Papers fill two boxes and span the years 1922-1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1957 to 1975. The Papers are arranged in four categories: biographical materials, speeches and conferences, editorial work, and writings. The biographical materials, spanning the years 1922-1977, are comprised of general personal data (including her diploma, her will, and obituaries), 1922-1977; property records, 1957-1969; financial records, 1942-1975; materials relating to her volunteer work as editor of Friends Journal and at Friends Hospital, 1951-1975; correspondence, arranged chronologically by date, 1948-1976; an address book and cards, 1963-1975; and three diaries, 1969-1975. The material relating to Rose's editorial work spans the years 1938-1975 and is arranged in three folders. One folder contains clippings relating to Rose and her work as editor of Jack and Jill, and articles and short stories she wrote for the magazine, 1938-1973; another contains letters written by children to Jack and Jill, 1945-1957; and the third contains records relating to her editorial work for Westminster Press, 1969-1975.
Acquisition Information: The Ada Campbell Rose Papers were donated to Northwestern University Archives by Beverly P. Smaby on April 23, 1984 as Accession No. 84-55.
Processing Information: Patrizia Sione, November 1996.
Separated Materials: A small number of photographs were transferred to the Photograph Collection. Four books written by Rose were added to the Alumni Authors Collection, Room 103.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Author Ada Campbell Rose was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on November 3, 1901, the daughter of William T. and Carrie Campbell. She grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. She received a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1923.

Rose began her career in the publishing business as a newspaper reporter for the Pueblo Chieftain, 1919-1923. She was a textbook editor for Scott Foresman in Chicago, 1923-1926, and did freelance writing for women's magazines, 1926-1938. She is mostly known as the founding editor of the children's magazine Jack and Jill, which began publication in 1938.

After she retired as editor of the magazine in 1959, she became an editorial consultant to several book publishers, including Westminster Press, and to the Friend's Journal, published by the Quaker Religious Society of Friends.

In addition to her career as editor, Rose was a writer, mostly of short stories and articles, which she often signed with the pseudonyms Rose Curtis and Martin James. She also wrote poetry. She published one book, Acquainted with Grief (1972), which she wrote after her son Malcolm committed suicide in 1968. Her book-length works include Jack and Jill Story Book: Stories and Other Features from Jack and Jill Magazine (1948) and Jack and Jill Mystery Book (1959), which she edited. Northwestern University honored her with its Merit Alumni Award in 1948.

She married Donald Ghering Rose. They had two sons, Malcolm and Donald. After her retirement she became very active in volunteer work for the Society of Friends, particularly at the Friends Hospital, where she became known as the “Quaker-in-residence.” In 1974 Rose moved to Rydal Park Apartments in Rydal, Pennsylvania. She died there on February 10, 1976.

Scope and Content

The Ada Campbell Rose Papers fill two boxes and span the years 1922-1977, with the bulk of the material dating from 1957 to 1975. The Papers are arranged in four categories: biographical materials, speeches and conferences, editorial work, and writings.

The biographical materials, spanning the years 1922-1977, are comprised of general personal data (including her diploma, her will, and obituaries), 1922-1977; property records, 1957-1969; financial records, 1942-1975; materials relating to her volunteer work as editor of Friends Journal and at Friends Hospital, 1951-1975; correspondence, arranged chronologically by date, 1948-1976; an address book and cards, 1963-1975; and three diaries, 1969-1975.

The material in the speeches and conferences files spans the years 1950-1975 and is arranged chronologically by date. It includes speeches Rose delivered on various occasions, 1950-1974, and files relating to writers' conferences she attended as a speaker and workshop leader.

The material relating to Rose's editorial work spans the years 1938-1975 and is arranged in three folders. One folder contains clippings relating to Rose and her work as editor of Jack and Jill, and articles and short stories she wrote for the magazine, 1938-1973; another contains letters written by children to Jack and Jill, 1945-1957; and the third contains records relating to her editorial work for Westminster Press, 1969-1975.

The writings span the years 1924-1975. The materials are contained in folders arranged alphabetically order by article/story title, and by form of writing. Each folder typically contains the text of the story or article and correspondence, clippings, and other material relating to the work.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Alumni and alumnae

Personal Name

Rose, Ada Campbell, 1901-

Subjects

Women authors, American--20th century

Women in journalism--United States

Women periodical editors--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical
    • Biographical data, 1922-1977Box 1, Folder 1
    • Property, 1957-1969Box 1, Folder 2
    • Financial records, 1942-1975Box 1, Folder 3
    • Volunteer work, 1951-1975Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence, 1948-1976Box 1, Folder 5
    • Address book and cards, 1963-1975Box 1, Folder 6
    • Diaries, 1969-1975Box 1, Folder 7
  • Speeches, conferences
    • Speeches, 1950-1974Box 1, Folder 8
    • Conferences, 1957-1975Box 1, Folder 9
  • Editorial work
    • Jack and Jill, 1938-1973Box 2, Folder 1
    • Letters to Jack and Jill, 1945-1957Box 2, Folder 2
    • Westminster Press, 1969-1975Box 2, Folder 3
  • Writings
    • “Acquainted with Grief”, 1946-1973Box 2, Folder 4
    • “Are Children's Magazines […]”, 1973-1975Box 2, Folder 5
    • “Growing up on Colorado Plains”, 1975Box 2, Folder 6
    • “An Honest Look at Aging”, 1975Box 2, Folder 7
    • “Mary Dyer”, 1974-1975Box 2, Folder 8
    • Non-fiction, 1934-1938Box 2, Folder 9
    • Poetry, 1924-1973Box 2, Folder 10
    • “Remainders”, 1975Box 2, Folder 11
    • “Saturday Thoughts”, 1975Box 2, Folder 12
    • “Sixmore Street”, [n.d]Box 2, Folder 13
    • Unsold writings, 1964-1975Box 2, Folder 14
    • Writings after retirement, 1964-1973Box 2, Folder 15
    • Writing projects, 1970-1975Box 2, Folder 16