Guide to the John Dennis McCallum Manuscripts

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: McCallum, John Dennis
Title: John Dennis McCallum Manuscripts
Dates: 1956-1960 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 containers. (2.5 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number: Cage 64
Summary: Typescript manuscripts of McCallum's published works.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Contact Information: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
100 Dairy Road
Terrell Library 5610
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical 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.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

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

Administrative Information

Bibliography :  

    John Dennis McCallum: A bibliography

    1953 Kessler boxing fans' almanac. edited by John McCallum. NY, C. H. Pearson, c.1953. 32 p.
    1953 Dumb Dan, by Dumb Dan Morgan with John McCallum. NY, Tedson Publishing Co., c.1953. 160 p. illus. MASC GV 1135 M65
    1954 How you can play Little League Baseball [by] Whitney Martin and John McCallum. NY, Prentice-Hall, 1954. 167 p. illus. MASC GV 8667 M33
    1954 This was football by W.W. "Pudge" Heffelfinger as told to John McCallum. NY, A.S. Barnes, c.1954. 192 p. illus. MASC GV 939 H37 A3
    1955 Prudential's baseball for boys, edited by John McCallum. [NY] The Prudential Insurance Company of America, c.1955. 28 p. illus.
    1956 The tiger wore spikes: an informal biography of Ty Cobb, by John McCallum. NY, A.S. Barnes, c.1956. 240 p. illus. Hum 796.092 C 633 M
    1956 A rebel in sports by Champ Pickens. [Foreword by John McCallum] NY, A.S. Barnes, c.1956. 173 p. illus. MASC GV 957 B55 P5
    1957 That Kelly family, [by] John McCallum. NY, A.S. Barnes, c.1957. 229 p. illus. Hum. 790.93 K295m
    1958 The Coit Fishing Pole Club beginner's book of fishing, [by] John McCallum [and] Dave Stidolph. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, c.1958. 176 p. illus. MASC SH 441 M28
    1960 Six roads from Abilene, some personal recollections of Edgar Eisenhower, by John McCallum. Seattle, Wood & Reber, 1960. 132 p. illus. MASC E 837 E28 A3
    1960 Scooper, authorized story of Scoop Conlon's motion picture world, by John McCallum. Seattle, Wood & Reber, 1960. 274 p. illus.
    1961 Port Angeles, U.S.A., by John McCallum and Lorraine Wilcox Ross. [Seattle, Wood & Reber c.1961. 197 p. illus. Soc 979.799 M124p
    1966 Everest Diary, based on the personal diary of Lute Jerstad, by John D. McCallum. Chicago, Follett Publishing Co., c.1966. 213 p. illus. Hum O5 486 E8 M27
    1969 Eisenhower, American hero, the historical record of his life by the editors of American Heritage Magazine and United Press International [NY?[ American Heritage Publishing Co., c.1969. pp.35-36 are excerpted from Six Roads from Abilene.
    1969? A time to laugh, a time to cry
    1969 Going their way [by] John D. McCallum. Philadelphia, Chilton Book Co., c.1969. [283] p.
    1971 College football U.S.A., 1869-1971. (by] John McCallum and Charles H. Pearson. n.p., Hall of Fame Publishing, c.1971. 559 p. illus.
    1972 The Gladiators: a chronice of PLU sports, by John McCallum. Tacoma, Pacific Lutheran University Press, c. 1972. 208 p. illus.
    1973 The story of Dan Lyons S.J. by John D. McCallum. NY, Guild Books, c.1973. 1973. 443 p. illus.
    1974 The World Heavyweight Boxing Championship; a history [by] John D. McCallum. Radnor, PA, Chilton, 1974. Hum GU 1121 M32
    1975 Ty Cobb [by] John D. McCallum. NY, Praeger [1975] 225 p. ports. Hum GV 865 C6 M32
    1975 We Remember Rockne by John McCallum. NY, Guild Books, 1975.
    1978 Crime Doctor: Dr. Charles P. Larson, world's foremost medical detective, reports from his crime file. Mercer Island, WA: The Writing Works, Inc. [ca. 1978]
    1979 Big Eight Football [by] John D. McCallum. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, [ca. 1979]
    1982 PAC-10 Football: The Rose Bowl Conference [by] John D. McCallum; foreword by W.C. Heinz. Seattle, WA: The Writing Works, [ca. 1982]
Related Materials :  

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1 1 That Kelly Family, authorized story of the Philadelphia Kellys. Published by A. S. Barnes, New York, May 15, 1957
1 2 The tiger wore spikes, biography of Ty Cobb. Published by A. S. Barnes, New York, May 31, 1956
2 3 Beginner's book of fishing, by John McCallum and Dave Stidolph. Published by Prentice-Hall, July 18, 1958
2 4 Scooper [reminiscences and biography of Paul Conlon] Seattle, Wood & Weber, 1959
2 4 Six roads from Abilene, some personal recollections of Edgar Eisenhower, as told to John McCallum. Seattle, Wood & Weber, 1959
2 5 Draft pages and notes
2 6 Manuscript
2 7 Donor Correspondence, 1957-1959
3 8 The world heavyweight boxing championship, 1974
3 9 The encyclopedia of world boxing champions, 1975
3 10 The encyclopedia of world boxing champions, 1975
4 11 Going their way, 1969
4 12 Going their way, 1969
4 13 The world heavyweight boxing championship, 1974
4 14 The world heavyweight boxing championship, 1974
5 15 The story of Dan Lyons, 1973
5 16 The story of Dan Lyons, 1973
5 17 Miscellaneous publicity brochures, pamphlets and other papers, 1960-1975
8 items.


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • McCallum, John Dennis, 1924- --Archives  ( creator)
    • Occupations :
    • Authors, American -- 20th century--Manuscripts

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