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Patrick Kelly papers

Call Number: MS 120


Collection of drafts, fair copies, and correspondence from and (principally) to Irish poet and balladeer Patrick Kelly (1879-1940).


  • approximately 1924-1941


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Patrick Kelly

Paddy or Patrick Kelly of Cashel-in-Connamara, Galway, Ireland, wrote ballads, love poems, genre poems, and patriotic poems. He published 11 "Ballads" in 1922 and received letters commending them. In 1939 he decided to publish 28 more and sent them to Hugh de Blacam or Aodh de Blácam for editorial assistance. (Blácam was a columnist for the Irish Press of Dublin, writing under the name "Roddy the Rover.")

Kelly began making arrangements for publication of his new ballads but died in 1940. A posthumous collection was published in 1941 by Browne and Nolan, with an introduction by Blácam. This publication was apparently financed by Mrs. [Martha?] M.P. of Horan of Dublin.


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Physical Location

MS 120

Custodial History

KU Libraries acquried from P.S. O'Hegarty a cardboard binder "Poems. By Patrick Kelly. Connemara. M.P. Horan, 122, Lr. baggot St., Dublin," which contained a few drafts of poems, 35 typed poems, letters from Kelly to "Martha," letters from de Blácam to Kelly and Mrs. Horan, letters from Browne & Nolan to Mrs. Horan, and miscellaneous leters that Kelly had received over the years from Irish notables. This binder is now at the end of the collection.

The Libraries also acquired from Bertram Rota in 1959 10 signed fair copies of poems in Kelly's handwriting.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The bulk of the collection came with the P.S. O'Hegarty acquisition.

Related Materials

Kelly, Patrick. Ballads. Dublin: Printed for the author, 1922. Located at Spencer Research Library at O'Hegarty B190.

Kelly, Patrick. The Salley Ring: And Other Poems. Dublin: Browne and Nolan Limited the Richview Press Dublin, [1941]. Located at Spencer Research Library at O'Hegarty C96.

Processing Information

Poems received from Bertram Rota, now in folder Ab, formerly located at MS P172.

Guide to the Patrick Kelly Collection
Patrick Kelly papers
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Patrick Kelly papers, MS 120, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States