Scope and arrangement
The Nicholas Kelley Papers consist of professional and family correspondence, personal documents, and ephemera related to Kelley's career as a lawyer in New York City, assistant secretary of the U. S. Treasury, and vice president of the Chrysler Corporation. The papers are an important resource for the study of international economics of the first World War, civil service reform of the Progressive Era, labor arbitration, the Alien Enemy Hearing Boards of World War II, Harvard alumni affairs, and legal and civic administration in New York City.
The professional correspondence documents Kelley's involvement with the firms of Cravath, Henderson & de Gersdorff, 1909-1917, Larkin, Rathbone and Perry, 1921-1935, and his tenure at the Department of the Treasury, 1918-1921, both as a member of the war loan staff and as assistant secretary in charge of loans to foreign governments. The correspondence from Kelley's tenure at the Chrysler Corporation contains internal memoranda and meeting arrangements. Also included are legal files from his first years in law practice and documentation of his work as executive and board member of such as organizations as the Citizens Union, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, National Consumers' League and Visiting Nurse Service.
Kelley's family correspondence contains a significant collection of letters between Nicholas and his wife Augusta Maverick, and also includes letters from other members of the Kelley, Maverick and Lloyd families. The personal miscellany contains diaries, awards, certificates, photographs, and ephemera collected while traveling in Europe, and memorabilia from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. The papers also include some of Kelley's essays and addresses on economic topics.
The Nicholas Kelley papers are arranged in five series:
- ca. 1845-1968
The correspondence consists of incoming and outgoing letters organized in five subseries: IA. General correspondence, IB. Letter books, IC. Kelley family correspondence, ID. Lloyd family correspondence, IE. Maverick family correspondence and genealogical papers.
Nicholas Kelley's professional papers are arranged into two subseries; A. Legal case files, B. Organizations.
- 1916-1954, n.d.
Kelley's writings include essays on economic and legal topics.
Nicholas Kelley's diaries span the dates 1923 to 1964. The diaries include short notes on daily appointments such as meetings and dinners. Entries vary in length and rarely contain personal reflection.
The personal miscellany is arranged into five subseries; A. Awards and Certificates, B. Financial Records and Deeds C. Harvard Memorabilia, D. Photographs, E. Travel.