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E. Bruce Kirkham correspondence

Identifier: SC MS 0317

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into three categories; letters with faculty members of the Lehigh University English Department, letters with Lehigh Library directors, and letters with Sam Toperoff and documents concerning the Ball State University Friends of the Bracken Library group.


  • Creation: 1968-1995

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Access Restrictions:Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Use Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

E. Bruce Kirkham attended Lehigh University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kirkham then landed at Ball State University to teach English. There he started the Friends of the Bracken Library group (1975.)


0.5 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 0.5 Linear Feet) : 3 folders


This collection contains personal letters exchanged between Bruce Kirkham and several faculty members of the Lehigh University English Department including Glenn J. Christensen, John A. Hertz, Victor M. Valenzuela, Dr. J. Burke Severs, and Ray L. Armstrong, all of whom offering personal advice and encouragement Dr. Kirkham. Also contained are letters with Lehigh University Library Directors Berry G. Richards and James D. Mack, friends of Dr. Kirkham. While at Ball State University, Kirkham had also been in contact with longtime friend Sam Toperoff, who received a Master’s degree in English from Lehigh.


The letters are organized by person and date.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Bruce Kirkham. May 24, 2016

E. Bruce Kirkham correspondence
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Elliott Nasby
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

Lehigh University
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