Guide to the John Dennis McCallum Manuscripts 1956-1960
Cage 64

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
McCallum, John Dennis
Title
John Dennis McCallum Manuscripts
ID
Cage 64
Date [inclusive]
1956-1960
Extent
5.0 containers.
General Physical Description note
2.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Typescript manuscripts of McCallum's published works.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 64, Guide to the John Dennis McCallum Manuscripts. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Author John Dennis McCallum (1924-1988) grew up in Tacoma, Washington. His parents were Mildred Tiedeman McCallum and George McCallum, and he was one of four siblings. He graduated from Washington State University in 1947 with a bachelor's degree in English and journalism, after interrupting his education to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 670th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was a student-athlete who became a prolific author, a radio and television broadcaster, and a popular and successful lecturer.

McCallum played briefly in professional baseball with the Portland Beavers in the Pacific Coast League, and then began his professional writing career. First, he worked as a staff journalist for several Pacific Northwest newspapers, then moved to New York, beginning his work there with a daily sports column for a small tabloid newspaper. Within a few years, he had a nationally syndicated column for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He published his first book in 1954, eventually producing nearly 40 in total, mostly popular biographies and sports reference books. His books include sole-authored works as well as many collaborations, and some projects where he operated behind the scenes as a ghostwriter. In addition to these activities, he engaged in a variety of editorial work, and served as public relations director for the National Football Hall of Fame.

In 1961, he married dancer and television actress Marjie Millar, whom he met while working on her biography. They divorced in 1963. The biography, with the working title "Talk About a Girl," never published, is now lost.

McCallum received recognition for his important contributions to Washington State athletics, and was named to the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame (1969) and the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame (1993). Among his other honors are the Washington State University Alumni Achievement Award (1975) and a distinguished service award from Pacific Lutheran University (1972). His best-known book, a biography of Ty Cobb titled "The Tiger Wore Spikes," was named the best sports book of 1956 by the New York Times.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1976

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

John McCallum Papers (Cage 799)

David Stidolph Papers (Cage 798). David Stidolph was a good friend and Washington State College classmate of McCallum. This collection includes extensive correspondence with McCallum, covering a wide range of personal and professional topics.

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Controlled Access Headings

Occupation(s)

  • Authors, American -- 20th century--Manuscripts

Personal Name(s)

  • McCallum, John Dennis, 1924- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Literature
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Washington (State)

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Bibliography

John Dennis McCallum: A bibliography

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

That Kelly Family, authorized story of the Philadelphia Kellys. Published by A. S. Barnes, New York May 15, 1957   255 p. typescript.

1 1

The tiger wore spikes, biography of Ty Cobb. Published by A. S. Barnes, New York May 31, 1956   338 p. typescript.

1 2

Beginner's book of fishing, by John McCallum and Dave Stidolph. Published by Prentice-Hall July 18, 1958   119 p. typescript.

2 3

Scooper [reminiscences and biography of Paul Conlon] Seattle, Wood & Weber 1959   393 p. typescript.

2 4

Six roads from Abilene, some personal recollections of Edgar Eisenhower, as told to John McCallum. Seattle, Wood & Weber 1959 

2 4

Draft pages and notes   100 p. typescript.

2 5

Manuscript   216 p. typescript.

2 6

Donor Correspondence 1957-1959 

2 7

The world heavyweight boxing championship 1974   300 p. galley proofs.

3 8

The encyclopedia of world boxing champions 1975   300 p. galley proofs

3 9

The encyclopedia of world boxing champions 1975   300 p. page proofs

3 10

Going their way 1969   100 p. galley proofs

4 11

Going their way 1969   200 p. typescript with printer's marks.

4 12

The world heavyweight boxing championship 1974   300 p. typescript with printers marks.

4 13

The world heavyweight boxing championship 1974   200 p. galley proofs

4 14

The story of Dan Lyons 1973   400 p. typescript with corrections.

5 15

The story of Dan Lyons 1973   400 p. page proofs

5 16

Miscellaneous publicity brochures, pamphlets and other papers 1960-1975   8.0 items.

5 17