Charles Callender was born on October 30, 1925. He earned a M.A. (1954) and Ph.D. (1958) in anthropology from the University of Chicago. While affiliated with the American University in Cairo, Callendar interviewed Nubian migrants in Cairo and Alexandria as part of the Nubian Ethnological Survey. In October 1962, he traveled to the Dahmit District of Nubia where he studied the rituals of the Kenuz. Callender returned to the U.S. in 1963 when he joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Callender died in 1986.
The Charles Callender Papers contain class lecture notes, field materials from the Fox Census Project (1949-1954) and his work among the Kenuz in the Dahmit District in Nubia, and his correspondence and manuscripts relating to his work on the Northeast Volume of the Handbook of North American Indians. Among the Kenuz materials are the field notes of Callender's assistants Fadwa El Guindi and Mohamad Fikri Abdel Wahab and his interviewers including Nawal el Messiri.
Charles Callender Papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland