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Leon Kelly papers, 1927-1997

Kelly, Leon, 1901-1982

Painter, Draftsmen (artists)


Collection Information

Size: 2 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of painter Leon Kelly measure 2.0 linear feet and date from 1927-1997. The bulk of the collection consists of biographical material, writings by Kelly about his artwork, letters to Kelly, personal financial records, scrapbooks with photographs of works of art, artwork by Kelly including childhood sketches and designs for clothing and homegoods, and printed material documenting his career. Additional material includes posthumous correspondence and other documentation created by his daughter, Paula Muller, regarding placing Kelly's artwork in institutions and answering resarcher inquiries about his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Leon Kelly (1901-1982) was a painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Loveladies Harbor, New Jersey.


Donated 2019 by Paula Muller, Leon Kelly's daughter.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

Leon Kelly papers, 1927-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.