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REV. LAURENCE J. KELLY, SJ PAPERS

Rev. Laurence J. Kelly, SJ, a Philadelphian, was born in 1870 and died in 1955. He received the usual education of the MD-New York Province, and had the usual variety of jobs except that the emphasis was clearly on pastoral and spiritual work rather than on university or college teaching.He did serve six years as Provincial, but almost all the rest of his career passed as a minister, in an academic setting, Parish, or mission.

He kept daily appointment books (diaries in part) almost unbroken from1906 until his death, and preceded those with journals for some periods.His life is, therefore, probably more accurately documented as basics from about age thirty onward than any other priest represented in the collection.

Besides two boxes of appointment books or diaries, there are two boxes of notes for sermons and retreats, one box of notebooks , mostly from school and college days in the Society, one box of correspondence, photos, and printed memorabilia, and one half-box containing a few artifacts.

BULK DATES: 1895 - 1950
SPAN DATES: 1887 - 1955

EXTENT: 7 boxes

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Kelly, Rev. Laurence J., SJ: Apptmnt Books/Diaries


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Two boxes, each filled with small bound "diaries" or appointments books,covering the years 1906-1955. The earlier ones are small, but from 1924 onKelly used a consistent type that allowed him to record mundanedetails--but not thoughts usually--for each day.

SERIES: 2. Kelly, Rev. Laurence J., SJ: Sermon/Retreat Notes


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Two boxes of sermon and retreat notes, mostly bound in red tape in thickpackets.

SERIES: 3. Kelly, Rev. Laurence J., SJ: School notebks; ltrs


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Includes one box of notebooks that Kelly kept while at Frederick, atWoodstock, and in between at Loyola. The period is generally 1889-1910 forthe notebooks. The correspondence extends from his letter of appointment in1887 until a few days before his death. Most were letters received, butthere are a few copies of letters he sent. There are a few snapshots andphotos of him and perhaps his family. The final half-box contains a fewthree-dimensional mementos--beads, medals, and small framed pictures of asentimental type.

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