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Corrie McCallum papers

Identifier: Mss 0106

Collection Overview

Biographical materials, sketchbooks, writings, photographs, negatives, slides, exhibition materials, printed materials, correspondence, working files, index card files, and other papers of artist and teacher, Corrie McCallum.

The collection contains assorted biographical materials including McCallum’s birth certificate, her passport, obituaries, her Southern Graphics Council Printmaker Emeritus plaque, and a file of genealogical materials relating to the McCallum, Parker, Bartlett, and Halsey families. Also included are small, medium, and oversized sketchbooks containing sketches done in pencil, colored pencil, pen, watercolors, and pastels from McCallum’s travels throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America, and the United States. There are also sketchbooks containing sketches of figures, beachscapes, and insects. Note that original sketch book and drawing titles have, for the most part, been retained.

There are also writings by McCallum, including class notes on architecture, printmaking, and human anatomy, highlighting McCallum’s perspective as a student of the arts, as well as syllabi, lecture notes, and teaching aids with particular emphasis on printmaking, written and accumulated in the capacity of an arts educator. Additional writings include a “Talk for Women’s Council,” delivered at the Gibbes Art Gallery (now called the Gibbes Museum of Art) in October 1986, a short article entitled, The Child … As Creative Artist, in addition to travel notebooks, diaries, recipes, and other miscellaneous notes.

Also included are assorted color and black and white photographs of McCallum’s artwork, both in the studio and at home, and images of exhibitions of McCallum’s artwork, including a 1989 exhibition held at the Gibbes Museum of Art. Also included are family photographs of McCallum and Halsey, their children, Paige, David, and Louise, as well as McCallum’s parents, David and Emmie McCallum. There are also portraits of McCallum working in her studio and publicity portraits of McCallum and Halsey in a variety of settings. Note that folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.

The collection also includes a small portion of photographic negatives containing images of McCallum’s artwork and her family. Also included are slides taken by McCallum on her travels in Africa, Asia, Morocco, South and Central America, and the United States, as well as images of artwork by McCallum and Halsey, exhibitions, and family.

There are also exhibitions materials relating to exhibitions in which Corrie McCallum partook, organized chronologically, ranging from solo exhibitions, joint exhibitions with Halsey, and group exhibitions with other South Carolina artists. Most of the exhibition materials reflect McCallum’s penchant for presenting her work in South Carolina, through organizations and galleries including the Guild of South Carolina Artists, Annual Exhibition of South Carolina Artists, Gibbes Art Gallery/Gibbes Museum of Art, Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Gallery, and at the College of Charleston. McCallum’s 1969 exhibition at the Kunstsalon Wolfsburg in Zurich, Switzerland, is also represented, including correspondence and documentation surrounding the exhibition. The collection also includes printed materials including the books A Dutch Fork Farm Boy, Along the Roadside, and Palmetto Pioneers by James M. Eleazer, containing illustrations by McCallum. Also included are various newspapers, journals, and newsletters, containing exhibition announcements, interviews, and other publicity materials, as well as others containing illustrations by McCallum. There are also postcards featuring McCallum’s artwork located at the end of this series. Also included are clippings from newspapers and other publications, arranged chronologically from 1936 to 2005, predominantly comprised of exhibition publicity and other evidence of McCallum’s artistic activities.

There is also correspondence, organized chronologically from 1921 to 2005, containing letters and postcards to and from McCallum predominantly to artists, arts organizations, academic institutions, and others. Notable correspondence include a letter from Lyndon B. Johnson (1964) and a postcard from fellow Southern artist, Jasper Johns (2005).

Also included are working files, organized alphabetically, containing a variety of materials relating to McCallum’s artistic endeavors, including artwork inventories, documentation on various institutions and associations, and draft materials for various publications. Note that original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained. The collection also includes index card files that provide detailed information on a variety of aspects of McCallum’s artistic practice ranging from 1959 to 1995. Index cards contain patron contact information, artwork details (title, medium, size, date), and provide a record of individual sales, including buyer names and sale prices.


  • Creation: 1894-2009


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collections is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Corrie Parker McCallum (1914-2009), artist and teacher, was born in Sumter, South Carolina, on March 14, 1914 to David Ramsey McCallum and Eunice “Emmie” Parker McCallum. From 1932 to 1936, she attended the University of South Carolina, studying under May Marshall and Katherine B. Heyward, where she received a certificate in Fine Arts. During this time, McCallum met William Melton Halsey (1915-1999), a fellow art student who would later become her husband. In 1936, McCallum began her lifelong involvement in arts education through a year-long Works Project Administration (WPA) appointment. In her capacity as a WPA Arts Project Supervisor, McCallum was tasked with setting up and organizing an art gallery space for the purpose of providing artistic instruction for young artists and an outlet for them to show their work. After the one-year WPA appointment concluded, McCallum joined Halsey at the Boston Museum School (now called the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), having received a full scholarship. In 1939, Halsey was awarded the James Paige Traveling Fellowship, providing him the opportunity to continue his artistic studies and to travel abroad for two years, choosing Mexico as the preferred destination to Europe due to the increasing dangers of World War II. Prior to embarking upon their trip, McCallum and Halsey were married in the Old North Church in Boston. While living in Mexico City, McCallum gave birth to their first child, Paige Halsey Slade. In 1941, they returned to the United States, first to Charleston, South Carolina, then to Savannah, Georgia, where McCallum served as an assistant to the director of the Telfair Academy (now called the Telfair Museum of Art). Halsey would serve as director of the art school. In 1944, they had their second child, David Halsey. By 1945, the family relocated to Charleston, South Carolina. In 1949, McCallum and Halsey had their third child, Louise Halsey. In 1950, McCallum helped found the Guild of South Carolina Artists (GSCA), a South Carolina artist membership association that sponsored a yearly juried group exhibition and provided other exhibition and grant funding opportunities for South Carolina artists. From 1953 to 1964, alongside Halsey and sculptor, Willard Hirsch, McCallum opened and operated the Charleston School of Art. In 1960, McCallum became the first Curator of Art Education at the Gibbes Art Gallery (now called the Gibbes Museum of Art). In this position, McCallum brought art to Charleston-area elementary school classrooms, giving talks and doing demonstrations for over 20,000 students per year. In 1968, McCallum received the Hughes Scientific and Cultural Foundation Grant, affording her the ability to travel to Japan, India, Cambodia, Iran, and Bali. Upon her return, McCallum reoriented her focus to printmaking, from simple woodcuts to more complex works in lithography. From 1971 until her retirement in 1979, McCallum taught at the College of Charleston, aiding in the establishment of what is now called the Studio Art Department at the college. In 1984, McCallum was named Printmaker Emeritus by The Southern Graphics Council. From October 1994 to January 1995 the Gibbes Museum of Art presented “Corrie McCallum: A Life in Art,” a major retrospective of her work. Two years later, she would publish “Expressions: Images and Poems,” a book of poems, paintings, and drawings. In 2004, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, a major retrospective of her work entitled, “Corrie McCallum: A Retrospective” was exhibited at the Sumter Gallery of Art in Sumter, South Carolina. On March 2, 2009, Corrie McCallum died at the age of 94.


17.0 linear feet (10 cartons, 3 flat boxes, 2 index card boxes, 2 scrapbooks, 1 object box, 1 oversize paper folder, 1 CD)


Biographical materials, sketchbooks, writings, photographs, negatives, slides, exhibition materials, printed materials, correspondence, working files, and index card files of Charleston, South Carolina artist Corrie McCallum. Materials date from 1894 to 2009 and document her career as an artist, particularly her involvement in solo, joint, and group exhibitions, but also her travels, with fellow artist and husband William Halsey, in Africa, Asia, Morocco, Europe, South America, Central America, Mexico, and the United States.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Biographical materials, 1894-2009
  2. Sketchbooks, 1947-1995
  3. Writings, 1934-1992
  4. Photographs, 1917-1995
  5. Negatives, undated
  6. Slides, 1964-1989
  7. Exhibitions, 1943-2005
  8. Printed materials, 1933-2006
  9. Correspondence, 1921-2005
  10. Working files, 1936-2008
  11. Index card files, 1961-1995

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in 1977 by William Halsey and in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018 by Halsey McCallum Resources.


No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Related materials in Special Collections include the William Halsey papers (Mss 0067).

Processing Information

Processed by Sam Sfirri, June 2019.


Inventory of the Corrie McCallum Papers, 1894-2009
Processed by: Sam Sfirri; finding aid created by: Sam Sfirri
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