Lawrence "Larry" Kelly Papers, 1941-1987Add to your cart.

By Leonard Martin and Catherine Keenan

Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence "Larry" Kelly Papers, 1941-1987Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1978-1987
ID: 02/17/ U0136
Extent: 8.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged at the folder level by document type.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2002
Languages: English


This collection contains court records, recordings, and transcriptions of interviews conducted by UNT history professor Lawrence C. Kelly. The interviews found within boxes 1-3 and 6-8 concern Kelly's anthropological research and the research of his peers on Native American communities during The Great Depression. The court cases in boxes 4 and 5 concern Native American affairs.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Boxes 1-3 contain the recordings and transcriptions of interviews Professor Kelly had with numerous applied anthropologists between the late 1970s and the late 1980s. These interviews were focused on anthropological research conducted with various Native American communities during The Great Depression. Boxes 4-5 contain numerous transcripts of court cases involving Native American affairs. Boxes 6-8 contain anthropological research correspondence with the Society for Applied Anthropology as well as interview transcripts and correspondence with assorted anthropologists.

Collection Historical Note

Lawrence “Larry” C. Kelly was a former professor of history at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas). Kelly’s professional specialization focused on Native American history and United States policies concerning Indigenous populations. Professor Kelly published a great many articles including; “The Indian Reorganization Act: The Dream and the Reality” (1975), “Anthropology and Anthropologists in the Indian New Deal” (1980), and “Federal Indian Policy” (1990). Kelly’s relationship with anthropologists was of mutual benefit; much of the professor’s published work drew from information gleaned in the interviews of professional anthropologists and Lawrence Kelly is frequently cited in accredited academic anthropological papers.

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

Portions of this collection are restricted as noted in the Finding Aid. Please contact UNT Special Collections for more information.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Technical Access Note:

Portions of this collection require special audio equipment to access materials such as the reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes. Please contact the UNT Special Collections Department for more information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Related Materials:

Kelly, Lawrence C. 1983.The Assault on Assimilation: John Collier and the Origin of Indian Policy Reform. Olympic Marketing Corp.

Kelly, Lawrence C. 1990. Federal Indian Policy. New York: Chelsea House.

Kelly, Lawrence C. 1980. "Anthropology and Anthropologists in the Indian New Deal."Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 16 (1): 6-24.

Kelly, Lawrence C. 1975. "The Indian Reorganization Act: The Dream and the Reality." Pacific Historical Review 44 (3): 291-312. doi: 10.2307/3638029.

Preferred Citation: Lawrence "Larry" Kelly Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: Catherine Keenan processed an accretion to the collection in March 2017. This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.
Other Note: Lawrence "Larry" Kelly Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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