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Edward Callan Papers and Miscellaneous Authors Collection

Identifier: 03-exws_callan

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of miscellaneous material related to Edward Callan's personal research or writing on Irish, British and American literature. It consists of photocopied articles relating to Irish, British and American poets, handwritten and photocopied sheet music, handwritten and typed research notes, correspondence and ephemera. The research notes and articles are primarily concerning Irish author James Joyce and poet W.B. Yeats. The correspondence includes exchanges between Edward Callan and Stephen J. Joyce, the grandson of James Joyce. Boxes 2 and 3 contain the correspondence between Callan and Stephen J. Joyce and have been labeled "confidential" at the request of the donors. Please contact department for any questions regarding Boxes 2 and 3.


  • Creation: 1903-2000; bulk 1958-1992
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/1996


Conditions Governing Use

Box 2 and 3 are restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Callan (1917-2011) was born in Ireland and lived in South Africa for many years before emigrating to the United States in 1952. After teaching stints at Fordham and Loyola universities, he settled in Kalamazoo in 1957, teaching English at WMU until his retirement in 1983 after 26 years of service to the University. He was an authority on the poets W.H. Auden and William Butler Yeats as well as on the literature, history and politics of South Africa. He also was one of the University's most honored faculty members. In 1983, Callan was appointed a Distinguished Faculty Professor, WMU's highest faculty honor, and in 1980, he was named a Distinguished Faculty Scholar, WMU's highest scholarly award.


3 boxes

Language of Materials



Articles on James Joyce and W.B. Yeats, research notes, correspondence, sheet music and ephemera.

Physical Access Requirements

WMU Special Collections. Non-circulating. Contact department for access.

Source of Acquisition

Edward Callan.

Method of Acquisition


Physical Description

The collection is housed in 3 archival boxes (approximately 1.5 linear feet).

Inventory of the Edward Callan Papers and Miscellaneous Authors Collection Finding Aid
Alexandra Weeldreyer, Neil Chase, and Abbey Buckham
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Western Michigan University Libraries, Special Collections
Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490