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Edward Callan Collection: W.H. Auden Archive

Identifier: 03-exws_audenarchive
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 works of 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. This archive consists of materials gathered by Callan containing critical and biographical articles concerning W.H. Auden and his work by various authors, including copies of articles about Auden written by Callan himself, and copies of articles, reviews and verse written by Auden, as well as interviews with the author. The collection also contains correspondence, including a letter addressed to Callan from Auden, and copies of The Griffin (1954-1960) and The Mid-Century Review (1960-1963) with Auden on each publication's editorial board. Along with this archive, Callan also donated books by or about Auden which are cataloged individually and searchable via Western Michigan Univerity Libraries online catalog. Physical Description: The collection is contained in 9 archival boxes (approximately 4 linear feet).


  • 1928-1996
  • Other: Majority of material found within Bulk 1939-1978
  • Other: Date acquired: 12/1996


Conditions Governing Access

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


9 boxes


Articles by or about W.H. Auden collected by Western Michigan University English Professor emeritus Edward Callan, including articles by Callan himself, correspondence, copies of The Griffin (1954-1960), and The Mid-Century Review (1960-1963).

Arrangement Note

This archive is divided into 9 series: 1. material written by Auden, 2. material written about Auden, 3. New Yorker magazines, 4. works by Edward Callan, 5. items in which Auden is referenced, 6.The Mid-Century Review [with W.H. Auden on the editorial board], 7. Auden reviews and interviews, 8. correspondence, 9. miscellaneous items

Source of Acquisition

Edward Callan.
Method of Acquisition Donation.
Inventory of the W.H. Auden Archive from the Edward Callan Collection
Alex Weeldreyer
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Special Collections Repository

Waldo Library, Special Collections
Western Michigan University Libraries
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5353 US
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