The Campbell Large Collection contains a variety of artifacts, papers, and photographs depicting the life and career of award-winning weaver Rosa Green Campbell.

Rosa Green Campbell was born in Sevier County on February 1, 1907 to Milas L. Greene (1867-1944) and Nancy H. Smelcer (1878-1929). She was the seventh of fourteen children born to the couple. Her youngest sibling was only 5 years old when their mother died. By that time, Rosa was likely already married to John Walter Campbell (1902-1983), as her first child Roy McKinley Campbell (1930-2014) would be born within the year.

Rosa was noted for her skill in weaving, a talent inherited by her son Roy, who carried on the legacy of weaving for many years until his own death. Rosa was a member of the Southern Highland Craftsman’s Guild. She had shops in Sevier County and Miami Springs, Florida, and won many awards and ribbons during her career.

Rosa Campbell (1907-2008) at her loom in 1977.
Rosa’s son Roy McKinley Campbell (1930-2014) carried on the family legacy.
Rosa’s mini spinning wheel.
Rosa’s shuttle with thread.
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