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Finding Aid for the H. Roy Kelley papers, circa 1912-circa 1957 0000147
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  • Custodial History note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Content note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: H. Roy Kelley papers
    Identifier/Call Number: 0000147
    Contributing Institution: Architecture and Design Collection, Art, Design & Architecture Museum
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.5 Linear feet (7 record storage boxes and 6 flat file folders)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1912-circa 1957
    creator: Kelley, H. Roy, (Harold Roy), 1892-1989


    Partially processed collection, open for use by qualified researchers.

    Custodial History note

    Gift of Roy Kelley, 1975. Additional materials gifted by Mr. Martin E. Weil, 1999.

    Preferred Citation note

    H. Roy Kelley papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Harold Roy Kelley was born in New York on May 2, 1893. Prior to college, Kelley gained experience working in architectural firms and was able to skip his freshman courses upon entering Cornell University. Kelley graduated with a degree in architecture in 1915, at the age of 22. Upon graduation, Kelley got a job working under architect Paul Chalfin, then under architect Herbert L. Foltz, and finally under Herb Bass until he was drafted. Kelley served in WWI and was discharged in 1919. After the war, Kelley found employment with Harry Allen and L. Andrew Reinhard before he established his own independent practice in 1925 in San Marino, California. Kelley served on the architectural advisory committees for the Bel-Air Estates and the Palos Verdes Estates and in 1931 he was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Home Building by Herbert Hoover. He retired in 1957 and died at the age of 95, in 1988. Kelley, throughout his career designed many Monterey revival style homes in the Los Angeles area, the RAND headquarters in Santa Monica, as well as the Institute of Aeronautical Science in Los Angeles, and won several first prize awards from House Beautiful Magazine.

    Scope and Content note

    The H. Roy Kelley papers span 6.5 linear feet and date from circa 1912 to circa 1957. The collection consists of annotated drafts of Kelley’s memoir entitled 50 Happy Years of Architecture, correspondence, interior and exterior black-and-white photographs and negatives of Kelley’s residential and commercial designs, commemorative metals, and architectural drawings.

    Related Archival Materials note

    H. Roy Kelley papers, #3864. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Kelley, H. Roy, (Harold Roy), 1892-1989
    Architectural drawings
    Photographic prints
    Presentation drawings (proposals)