Collection: Kelly Family papers

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Kelly Family papers

Identifier: MS-1226


The Kelly family 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.


  • 1851 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


3 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



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).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dana Kelly; Gift; 2012


Part of the Rauner Special Collections Library Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA