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James Edward Kelly papers, 1880-1957

Kelly, James Edward, 1855-1933

Painter, Sculptor, Illustrator


Collection Information

Size: 1.4 Linear feet, (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Business correspondence; correspondence between Robert Bruce and George Hope Ryder (Kelly's patron) concerning Ryder's collection of sculpture by Kelly; a bound typescript of Kelly's memoirs with descriptions of New York City from the Civil War period to the 1930s and impressions of HARPER'S and SCRIBNER'S magazines, the National Academy of Design, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas A. Edison, Winslow Homer. Abraham Lincoln, Edgar Allen Poe, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Napoleon Sarony, Oscar Wilde, Admiral John L. Worden and others; and photos and reproductions of works of art. Also found are an inventory of George H. Ryder's art and furniture collection; and lists of pictures and bronzes of Ryder.

Biographical/Historical Note

Sculptor, illustrator and painter; New York City. Kelly's primary work were Civil War monuments.


The donor, Mary C. Liberatore, is the niece of Leonard Clayton, who established a gallery in New York City in the 1920s. This collection was possibly organized by George Hope Ryder, Kelly's patron, acquired by the Gallery and then donated to the Archives.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm rolls 1876-1877 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

James Edward Kelly papers, 1880-1957. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.