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Kelley family papers, 1681-1936 

Kelley Family,
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7 boxes (7 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Family of Philadelphia, Pa. William D. Kelley served as judge of the court of common pleas in Philadelphia, 1847-1856, and as Congressman from the Fourth Pennsylvania District, 1860-1888. Florence Kelley, the daughter of William D. and Caroline Kelley, was active in the field of social legislation and was a resident at Hull House in Chicago, 1891-1899, and at the Henry Street Settlement in New York, 1899-1924.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, documents, and photographs of the Kelley family. The members of the family most prominent in the collection are Albert Kelley, Caroline B. Kelley, Florence Kelley (1859-1932), John Bartram Kelley, Margaret Dana Kelley, Nicholas Kelley, and William Darrah Kelley (1814-1890). There are letters to William D. Kelley from Andrew Carnegie, Rutherford B. Hayes, Lajos Kossuth, Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, and Gideon Welles. Also, a group of twenty letters to Florence Kelley from Jane Addams, dated 1900-1931.