Guide to the William P. Kelly Family Papers, 1851 - 1940Manuscript MS-1226

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Title:

Guide to the William P. Kelly Family Papers, 1851 - 1940

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1226

Collection Dates:

1851 - 1940

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:

This collection is comprised of the personal papers of William P. Kelly and his father, Captain David Kelly, along with many letters from other Kelly family members. Highlights of the collection include letters written to Captain David Kelly while serving during the Civil War, recommendation letters for William P. Kelly's entrance to Dartmouth College, and letters between William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (married in 1896).

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Kelly collection is comprised of correspondence, William P. Kelly's memoirs, and a small amount of ephemera including drawings and genealogical information. A large portion of the correspondence is between Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (his mother) and Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (his wife), particularly over the span of 1884-1896, continuing intermittently until 1919. The majority of the letters are weekly or, at times, daily correspondence detailing everyday news concerning Kelly's work, family, and friends. Of particular note are his correspondence from his time at Dartmouth, his memoirs from 1940 (which include a great number of photographs, some from Dartmouth), and his father's and uncle's correspondence from the Civil War.

Introduction

William Powers Kelly, Dartmouth class of 1886, was born in Troy, Ohio on December 30, 1865 to David Kelly and Ellen Powers. Kelly, known as "Biff" while at Dartmouth, was the art editor of the '86 Aegis, sang in the Glee Club and Quartette, was commissary of the Swett Club, and was a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He married Lillian M. Lee on July 9, 1896. They had two children, David (Rutgers '20, Harvard Law '26) and Dr. William P. Jr. (Dartmouth '23, Columbia Med '26). Kelly had a long career as an educator, serving as principal of Northwood Academy, teacher at Worcester Academy and South Hadley High School, superintendent in Hudson, MA, Attleboro, MA, and Meriden, CT, and lastly headmaster of Rutgers Preparatory School. He was an active member of the Class of 1886, serving variously as secretary, class agent, and treasurer after graduation. He died on March 27, 1953 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Correspondence, 1851-1919

Contains Kelly family correspondence

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1851-1919

Correspondence: Kelly Family

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, David Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (wife), 1851, 1854, undated
  • Folder: 2, David Kelly and Sarah Kelly (sister), 1855-1864
  • Folder: 3, David Kelly and Seth Kelly, 1854-1863
  • Folder: 4, David Kelly (Miscellaneous), 1858-1888, undated
  • Folder: 5, Eli "Jim" Kelly, 1861-1864
  • Folder: 6, Ellen E. Powers (Kelly), 1859-1890
  • Folder: 7, Kitty Kelly, 1884-1887
  • Folder: 8, Kitty Kelly (con't.), 1888-1919
  • Folder: 9, Lillian Lee (Kelly), 1886-1913
  • Folder: 10, Mary Kelly, 1867, 1918
  • Folder: 11, Miscellaneous, 1858-1934
  • Folder: 12, Miscellaneous (Civil War), 1863-1865
  • Folder: 13, William P. Kelly and S. K. Harter, 1883-1899
  • Folder: 14, William P. Kelly and Anna Kelly, 1891-1935
  • Folder: 15, William P. Kelly and Benjamin Kelly (brother), 1887-1904
  • Folder: 16, William P. Kelly and David Kelly (father), 1884-1885
  • Folder: 17, William P. Kelly and David Kelly (con't.), 1886-1889
  • Folder: 18, William P. Kelly and Ellen and David Kelly (postcards), 1884-1886, 1989, 1907, 1913
  • Folder: 19, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (mother), Jan.-Sept. 1884
  • Folder: 20, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Oct.-Dec. 1884
  • Folder: 21, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), 1885
  • Folder: 22, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), 1886
  • Folder: 23, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), 1887-1890
  • Folder: 24, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jan.-Jun. 1891
  • Folder: 25, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jul.-Dec.1891
  • Folder: 26, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jan.-Jul. 1892
  • Folder: 27, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jul. 1893-Dec. 1895
  • Folder: 28, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), 1896
  • Folder: 29, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jan. 1897-Dec. 1901
  • Folder: 30, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Jan. 1902-Dec. 1907
  • Folder: 31, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Mar.-Dec. 1908
  • Folder: 32, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), May 1909-Nov. 1912
  • Folder: 33, William P. Kelly and Ellen E. Kelly (con't.), Feb. 1913-Sept. 1915

Box: 2, Dates: 1882-1940

Correspondence: Kelly Family

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (wife), Aug.-Dec. 1894
  • Folder: 2, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Jan.-Apr. 1895
  • Folder: 3, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), May-Jul. 1895
  • Folder: 4, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Aug. 1895
  • Folder: 5, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Sept.-Oct. 1895
  • Folder: 6, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Nov.-Dec. 1895
  • Folder: 7, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Jan. 1896
  • Folder: 8, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Feb.-Mar. 1896
  • Folder: 9, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Apr. 1896
  • Folder: 10, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), May 1896
  • Folder: 11, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Jun.-Dec. 1896
  • Folder: 12, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), Dec. 1899, Aug. 1907, Aug. 1913, Jun. 1919
  • Folder: 13, William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (con't.), undated
  • Folder: 14, William P. Kelly (Sr.) and William P. Kelly, Jr., 1939
  • Folder: 15, William P. Kelly Recommendation Letters, 1882-1894
  • Folder: 16, William P. Kelly (Miscellaneous), 1883-1901
  • Folder: 17, William P. Kelly (Miscellaneous, cont.), 1905-1935
  • Folder: 18, William P. Kelly (Miscellaneous, cont.), undated
  • Folder: 19, William P. Kelly (Miscellaneous, Hanover), 1882-1888

Series 2, Memoirs, 1879-1940

Contains a memoir by William P. Kelly and ephemeral items.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 2, Dates: 1879-1940

Memoirs: Kelly Family

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 20, "The American Ancestors and Descendants of Seth Kelly, 1762-1850," William P. Kelly, 1937
  • Folder: 21, Memoirs of William P. Kelly, 1940
  • Folder: 22, Memoirs of William P. Kelly (con't.), 1940
  • Folder: 23, Ephemera: Wedding Album of William P. Kelly and Lillian M. Lee (Kelly), July 9, 1896
  • Folder: 24, Ephemera: Clippings, 1908, 1922, 1935
  • Folder: 25, Ephemera: Drawing (Plan), 1879
  • Folder: 26, Ephemera: Pamphlet (Republican Ticket), 1888

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