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Walter F. McCaleb Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: McCaleb, Walter Flavius, 1873-1967.
Title: Walter F. McCaleb Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1892-1968
Quantity: 22.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author. Correspondence, family and business; manuscript essays, plays, poems, short stories, and novels; notebooks; and clippings.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Walter Flavius McCaleb (1873-1967) was an American author of novels, plays, poetry, essays and non-fiction works regarding U.S. history.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Walter F. McCaleb Papers consists of material relating to his activities as an author of novels, plays, poetry, essays and non-fiction, with special emphasis on the Southwest, banking and finance in the U.S. and Mexico, and correspondence as an officer in the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The collection contains autobiographical material, correspondence, writings (both published material and manuscripts), and memorabilia.

Autobiographical material contains autobiographical and genealogical material, student papers, family correspondence. Also included here are photographs, notes, and printed material relating to McCaleb's bicycle trip to Mexico in 1898.

Correspondence contains incoming and outgoing correspondence of a non-family nature; some deals with McCaleb's political and business concerns. Correspondence relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt is foldered separately, as is McCaleb's correspondence with his publishers.

Writings consists of manuscripts, typescripts, and typescript copies for books (both fiction and non-fiction), essays, plays, poetry, and short stories.

Memorabilia includes lists of McCaleb's library holdings, newsletters from the Aaron Burr Association, tax receipts, printed material, clippings, notebooks, and other assorted items.

Published material contains books by McCaleb.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection has received only minimal processing. Items are listed in the inventory below in alphabetical order, but within the boxes material remains in the order it was received.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


McCaleb, Walter Flavius, 1873-1967.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.


Authors, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Walter F. McCaleb Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: DCA
Date: 3 Sep 1994
Revision history: 21 Oct 2009 - converted to EAD (MRC); 11 May 2017 - portrait photo returned to collection (MRC)

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Autobiographical material
Box 1-2 Miscellaneous 1892-1968 - autobiographical and genealogical material, student papers, correspondence with family members
Box 3 Bicycle trip to Mexico 1898 - printed material, photographs, typescripts, handwritten material
Box 3 Portrait of McCaleb 1898 - small black-and-white photograph
Box 4-12 Business, professional and political; incoming and outgoing 1901-1967
Box 13 Mayfield, John S. 1959-1968 - includes print item related to dedication of Mayfield Library and comments on Swinburne solicited by JM
Box 14 Roosevelt, Franklin D. 1936, undated - correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, relating to requests made to FDR, FDR's 1936 campaign, Harper and Bros., S. E. Burr Jr., S. H. Wandell
Box 15 Naylor Co. (publishers) 1950-1968
Box 40 WFM's library listing
Box 40 List of books owned by WFM
Box 40 Newsletters of the Aaron Burr Association
Box 40 Typescript copies and plans for McCaleb Adding Machine Co. 1910s
Box 40 Tax receipts
Box 40 Graphics
Box 40-41 Print items
Box 42 Manuscript notebooks, agendas
Box 43 Print clippings
Books (fiction)
Box 38 Bill and Emmie - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 38 Columbine - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 37 Pedro, Pat and Me - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 38 Peter Wembleton - manuscripts, typescripts
Books (nonfiction)
Box 39 A Child's History of Texas - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 39 The Mier Expedition - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 16-17 New Light on Aaron Burr - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 39 The Santa Fe Expedition - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 39 The Spanish Missions of Texas - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 39 Texas and the Mexican War - manuscripts, typescripts
Box 18-20 Miscellaneous, on national and international themes circa 1930-1960
Box 21-24 Miscellaneous - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 25 A-C - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 26 C-F - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 27 H-J - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 28 O-U - manuscripts and typescripts
Short stories
Box 29 A-H - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 30 H-P - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 31 R-W - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 32 "Don Pedro" - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 33 "The Gold Finder" - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 34 "Helmet's Tale" - manuscripts and typescripts
Box 35-36 Margarita - manuscripts and typescripts
Published material
Box 44-45 Books by WFM

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