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Irving McKee correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1257

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between Dr. Irving McKee and the Indiana State Library Reference Department ranging from 1939 to 1943 regarding reference questions and requests to view items made by McKee while he was conducting research for his 1947 book, "Ben-Hur" Wallace: The Life of General Lew Wallace.


  • 1939-1943

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Irving McKee was born November 11, 1909 in Oakland, California to Donald and Marcia Frances McKee. He received his A.B, A.M. and PhD from Yale University. He married Frances Hamilton Robertson on June 17, 1937 at Westport, Connecticut. Prior to entering active duty as a lieutenant, junior grade, in the Navy during World War II, he was an English instructor at Culver Military Academy at Culver, Indiana. Following the war, he moved to California and joining the English faculty at the University of California, Berkeley then joined the faculty of Sacramento State College where he served as chairman of the English Department. He was the author of the book "Ben-Hur" Wallace: The Life of General Lew Wallace. He passed away in Sacramento on March 27, 1979.

Sources: "Irving McKee." California Biographical Index Cards, 1781-1990. Accessed December 27, 2017. "Irving McKee." California Death Index, 1940-1997. Accessed December 27, 2017.

"Dr. Irving McKee." The Culver Citizen (IN), July 7, 1943.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana State Library, Indiana Division, on 2017/10/13.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/12/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/27 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.