Herbert Kellar Papers, 1887-1955

Container Title
Series: Series 1: Kellar Personal , (1817-1961)
Scope and Content Note

Kellar's personal papers are sub-divided into 6 sub-categories:

  • 1.1 personal correspondence (1898-1962; n.d.);
  • 1.2 Kellar family (1817-1961);
  • 1.3 autobiographical potpourri (1905-1969);
  • 1.4 financial records (1911-1952);
  • 1.5 education and teaching career (1899-1916); and
  • 1.6 writings and speeches (1903-1955).

Personal correspondence (1.1) is again divided. There is a general correspondence file arranged chronologically from 1898 to 1962. (There is no correspondence for the years 1899 through 1906; and there are some letters for which a date could not be ascertained.) In 1947 Kellar was awarded an LL.D. by Augustana College and Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois. The correspondence (1947-1949) relating to this honor is in chronological order and filed separately in subseries 1.1.

The Kellar family file (1.2), containing the papers preserved by Kellar of his immediate family, has been arranged by family member in order of seniority, and chronologically by type of record thereunder. The first folder of the series contains whatever genealogical and family history records remain. Following this are the papers of the Reverend Mr. Isaac Kellar (1817-1843); of George Kellar, Sr., Herbert Kellar's father (1889-1893); of Mary Elizabeth Summers Kellar, H.A.K.'s mother (1876-1940); of (George) Gordon Kellar, H.A.K.'s brother (1908-1925); of Henry, June, and Steven Grimes, the family of H.A.K.'s sister June (1908-1951); of Dorothy Alderton Kellar, H.A.K.'s first wife (1906-1949); of Lucile E. O'Connor Kellar, H.A.K.'s second wife and widow (1921-1961); and of Alecea Summers Kellar Beckley, H.A.K.'s daughter and only child (1943-1951).

Isaac Kellar's papers include sermons (1818-1832); a record of baptisms and marriages in Bedford County, Pennsylvania (1820-1843); and student notebooks he kept at Princeton Seminary (1817; n.d.). The papers of George Kellar, Sr., his wife, Mary Summers Kellar, and their children, Gordon and June are not distinguishable from most family correspondence of the period. Gordon, a promising architect, was killed in a flight training accident at Kelley Field, Texas during World War I. The papers of Dorothy Alderton Kellar are among the most poignant of the collection, and are remarkable for the insight into the personality and aspirations of the young Kellar; student life at the University of Wisconsin (1911-1913); and the life of an intelligent and tragic woman reminiscent of Zelda Fitzgerald. Dorothy Kellar's life is documented from girlhood until her death from cancer in 1942. Also documented in the Kellar family file are Lucile O'Connor Kellar's years of dedication to her husband, to the McCormick Historical Association, and to her family (including a brother, Kenneth O'Connor, later (8 March 1965 - 30 June 1972) director of the Dane County Chapter of the American National Red Cross). There are a few childhood letters, cards, drawings, and records of H.A.K.'s daughter Alecea. In sum, it is a quite complete, unbroken record of a family.

The autobiographical potpourri (1.3) is a small file containing mainly, drafts of Kellar's releases to such publications as Who's Who in America; and fraternity and alumni materials (1905-1969).

Financial records (1.4) is a two-archive box file of Kellar's financial affairs. It is arranged in an alphabetical subject sequence, and chronologically thereunder from automobile expenses through bank loans, income tax, insurance, invoices and receipts, and real estate transactions.

The section containing the materials on Kellar's education and teaching career (1.5) is arranged in the order of schools attended by Kellar, or at which he taught: Sunday School at the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Illinois (1899-1900); Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Peoria, Illinois (1905-1906); the University of Chicago (1909); Manzanita Hall, Palo Alto, California (1909-1911); the University of Wisconsin (1911-1913); the University of Texas (1913-1914); Leland Stanford, Jr. University, and the University of Minnesota (1914-1915). Included herein are lecture notes for mediaeval history (Dana Munro and George Clark Sellery), exam questions for the Ph.D in history (1912), reading lists, syllabi, student lists and records, et cetera.

Writings and speeches (1.6) comprises 8 boxes of material including all Kellar's extant plays, articles, speeches, lectures, books, and drafts of the above. Kellar wrote prize-winning plays at the undergraduate level, lectured and presented papers at professional meetings, and had a few articles published. He was editor of the two-volume work, Solon Robinson, Pioneer and Agriculturist, contributed to the Dictionary of American Biography and several professional journals, but he did not complete either of the two books he determined early in his career to write: a history of agriculture, and “The Life and Times of Mr. Cyrus Hall McCormick.” What he did complete of the latter is filed here (box 16, folder 1; box 16, volumes 22-24).

Subseries: 1.1 Personal Correspondence
General
Box   1
Folder   1
, 1898; 1907-1908.
Box   1
Folder   2
, 1910-1911.
Box   1
Folder   3
, 1912-1914.
Box   1
Folder   4
, 1915-1925.
Box   1
Folder   5
, 1926-1929.
Box   1
Folder   6
, 1930-1934.
Box   2
Folder   1
, 1935-1936.
Box   2
Folder   2
, 1937-1939.
Box   2
Folder   3
, 1940-1944.
Box   2
Folder   4
, 1945-1949.
Box   2
Folder   5
, 1950-1954.
Box   2
Folder   6
, 1955-1962.
Box   2
Folder   7
, n.d.
Box   2
Folder   8
Correspondence and Miscellaneous - LL.D. Degree: Augustana College and Theological Seminary, Rock Island, Illinois, 1947-1949.
Subseries: 1.2 Kellar Family
Box   3
Folder   1
Genealogy and Family History - Kellar, Summers, and Schnebly families, n.d.
Rev. Isaac Kellar Papers
Box   3
Folder   2
License and Sermons, 1818; 1820-1832; n.d.
Box   3
Folder   3
Record of Baptisms and Marriages, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, 1820-1843.
Box-folder   3-4
Volume   1-2
Notebooks - Didactic and Polemic Theology, Princeton Seminary, 1817; n.d.
Box   3
Folder   5
George Kellar, Sr. [Father of H.A.K.] - Correspondence, 1889-1893.
Mary Elizabeth Summers Kellar [Mother of H.A.K.]
Box   3
Folder   6
Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1876-1940; n.d.
Box   3
Folder   7
Correspondence with H.A.K., 1901-1937; n.d.
Box-folder   3-8
Volume   3
Financial, 1918; 1934-1935; 1939; n.d.
Box   3
Folder   9
Education, 1876-1918.
Box-folder   4-1
Volume   4-5
Writings, c.1870's-1880's.
(George) Gordon Kellar [Brother of H.A.K.]
Box   4
Folder   2
Correspondence, 1908-1925; n.d.
Box   4
Folder   2
Writings, n.d.
Henry, June [Mrs. Henry, Sister of H.A.K.], and Stephen Grimes
Correspondence with Herbert, Dorothy, Lucile, and Alecea Kellar
Box   4
Folder   3
, 1908-1940.
Box   4
Folder   4
, 1941-1956; n.d.
Dorothy Alderton Kellar [H.A.K.'s first wife]
Box   4
Folder   5
Correspondence - General, 1907-1926; n.d.
Correspondence with H.A.K.
Box   4
Folder   6
, 1911.
Box   5
Folder   1
1912, January-February.
Box   5
Folder   2
1912, April-1926; 1940; n.d.
Box   5
Folder   3
Re D.A.K.'s Accident, September, 1921.
Box   5
Folder   4
Correspondence re D.A.K.'s Illness, 1921-1935.
Correspondence of Henry Arnold Alderton and Marion Decker Alderton
Box   5
Folder   5
Letters from H.A.K., 1922-1941.
Box   5
Folder   6
Letters to H.A.K., 1924-1949.
Box   5
Folder   7
Correspondence of Marion D. Alderton re Dorothy Alderton Kellar, 1924-1941.
Box   5
Folder   8
Correspondence re Cyrus Hall McCormick, Jr., 1923-1926.
Education
Box-folder   6-1
Volume   6-7
Notebooks, 1906-1911.
Box-folder   6-2
Volume   8-10
Notebooks, c. 1911.
Box   6
Folder   3
Grades, Diplomas, Miscellaneous, 1908-1924.
Box   6
Folder   4
Memorabilia, 1895-1929; n.d.
Box   6
Folder   5
Application for Membership in DAR, 1925.
Box   6
Folder   6
Financial, 1921-1942.
Box-folder   6-7
Volume   11-12
Diaries and Datebooks, 1901; 1905; 1910.
Lucile E. O'Connor Kellar [H.A.K.'s second wife]
Correspondence
Box   7
Folder   1
, 1921-1937.
Box   7
Folder   2
, 1938-1940.
Box   7
Folder   3
, 1941-1961.
Box   7
Folder   4
Correspondence with H.A.K., 1931-1951.
Alecea Summers Kellar [Daughter of H.A.K. and Lucile Kellar]
Box   7
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1945-1952.
Box   7
Folder   6
Education - Francis W. Parker School, 1943-1951.
Subseries: 1.3 Autobiographical Potpourri
Box   7
Folder   7
Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1905-1942.
Box-folder   7-8
Volume   13-14
Miscellaneous Autobiographical Materials, 1920-1969.
Colleges, Alumni Associations and Fraternities
Box   8
Folder   1
Correspondence - General, 1908-1925; n.d.
Box   8
Folder   2
Bradley Polytechnic Institute - Alpha Pi Fraternity, 1907-1937; n.d.
Box   8
Folder   3
University of Chicago - Chicago Alumni Club, 1909-1938.
Box   8
Folder   4
Phi Gamma Delta, 1911-1957; n.d.
Box   8
Folder   5
University of Wisconsin, 1912-1929.
Box   8
Folder   6
Interfraternity Club, 1928-1933; n.d.
Box   8
Folder   7-9
Scrapbook, n.d.
Subseries: 1.4 Financial Records
Box   9
Folder   1
Automobile Expenses - Financing, Registration, Operational, 1923-1951.
Box   9
Folder   2
Bank Loans, Savings, and Trusts, 1921-1951.
Box   9
Folder   3
Income Tax, 1920-1924; 1942.
Insurance
Automobile and Accident
Box   9
Folder   4
, 1917-1937.
Box   9
Folder   5
, 1938-1950.
Box   9
Folder   6
Life and Accident, 1921-1937.
Invoices and Receipts
Box   9
Folder   7
, 1911-1936.
Box   9
Folder   8
, 1937-1952.
Real Estate
Box   10
Folder   1
Bartlett and Company (North Shore Acres), 1916-1920.
Box   10
Folder   2
Independent Premium Company (Boulevard Beach), 1917-1918.
Box   10
Folder   3
A.T. McIntosh (Midlothian Farms), 1917-1926.
Box   10
Folder   4
Midlothian Gardens, Cook County, Illinois, 1917-1947; n.d.
Box   10
Folder   5
Taxes, 1917-1930.
Box   10
Folder   6
Miscellaneous, 1931-1949; n.d.
Subseries: 1.5 Education and Teaching Career
Box   11
Folder   1
Sunday School - First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Illinois, 1899-1900.
Box   11
Folder   2
Bradley Polytechnic Institute, 1905-1906.
University of Chicago
Box   11
Folder   3
Seminar in Protestant Reformation - Krehbiel, “Lectures and Seminar,” 1909.
Box   11
Folder   4
Paper: “Political Career of Robert Toombs, 1827-1860,” 1909.
Box   11
Folder   5
Paper: “Three Elections in Missouri, 1860-1861,” n.d.
Box-folder   11-6
Volume   15
Classnotes, 1909.
Box-folder   11-7
Volume   16
Manzanita Hall, Palo Alto, California, 1909-1911.
University of Wisconsin
Box-folder   11-8
Volume   17
Graduate School, c. 1911-1912.
Box   11
Folder   9
Exam Questions for Ph.D. in History, 1912.
Box   11
Folder   10
Class Notes, 1912-1913.
Box-folder   11-11
Volume   18
English History 5, 1912-1913.
Box   12
Folder   1
Dana Munro's Seminar - The Crusades - Notes, 1912-1913.
Box   12
Folder   2
Medieval History - Munro and George Clark Sellery, 1912-1913.
University of Texas
Medieval History (History 2)
Box   12
Folder   3
Administrative, 1913-1914.
Box   12
Folder   4
Outside Reading - Assigned and Notes on, 1913-1914.
Box   12
Folder   5-7
Lecture Notes, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   1
Lecture Notes of Margaret Riley, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   2
Quizes, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   3
Quiz Notes, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   4
Re Research Paper, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   5
Miscellaneous, 1913-1914.
Ancient History
Box   13
Folder   6
Exams, 1913-1914.
Box   13
Folder   7
Teaching of History in the High School, 1913-1914.
Accessions List
Box   13
Folder   8
University of Texas Library, 1914.
Box   14
Folder   1
Leland Stanford, Jr. University and/or University of Minnesota - Miscellaneous Notes, c. 1914-1915.
University of Minnesota
Box   14
Folder   2
Correspondence, Memoranda, and Miscellaneous Printed Materials, 1914-1916.
Box   14
Folder   3
Extension Division - United States History Course, 1914.
Box   14
Folder   4
History VII-A - Syllabus, Exams and Notes, 1914-1915.
Box-folder   14-5
Volume   19-20
Medieval History Course - Syllabi, c. 1914-1915.
Box-folder   14-6
Volume   21
Student List and Records, 1914-1915.
Box   14
Folder   7
“Outside Reading Abstracts from Various History Courses,” c. 1914-1915.
Box   14
Folder   8
Notes and Lists of Book Collections, 1914-1915.
Box   14
Folder   9
“Notes for Report on Governors' Office,” 1914.
Subseries: 1.6 Writings and Speeches
Box   15
Folder   1
School Compositions and Other Early Plays and Writings, 1903-1925.
Box   15
Folder   2
Miscellaneous Early Plays and Writings, n.d.
Box   15
Folder   3
“The Bottle Imps” (2 act play), 1911.
Box   15
Folder   4
“The Interdict, King John and the Exchequer,” 1911.
Box   15
Folder   5
“The Man Who Came Back,” 1911-1916.
Box   15
Folder   6
“Cousins” (3 act play), 1912.
Box   15
Folder   7
“Undeveloped Phase of American History” - Notes and Drafts, 1918(?).
Box   15
Folder   8
Article on Harvesting for Encyclopedia Americana - Drafts and Notes, 1919.
Box   15
Folder   9
Proposed History of Agriculture - Notes, Outlines, and Fragments, c. 1922.
Box   15
Folder   10
“Reaping Implements” and Other Short Fragments on Subject, c.1920-1930.
Box   15
Folder   11
“The Reaper as a Factor in the Development of the Agriculture of Illinois, 1834-1865” - Drafts and Notes, 1927.
Box   15
Folder   12
“The Relation of Agriculture to Modern Civilization,” n.d.
“The Life and Times of Mr. Cyrus Hall McCormick
Box   16
Folder   1
Outline, c. 1920.
Box   16
Volume   22
Part I, 1923.
Box   16
Volume   23
Part II and III.
Box   16
Volume   24
Part IV, 1924.
Box   17
Folder   1
Drafts (Parts I-III), 1923.
Box   17
Folder   2
Draft (Part IV), 1924.
Box   17
Folder   3
“Broad Lines of Development of Reaping Machines” - Draft and Notes, 1928.
Box   17
Folder   4
“Cyrus Hall McCormick and the Invention of Reaper in 1831 with Notes on its Subsequent Development” - Drafts and Notes (some prepared by A.C. Seyfarth), 1929-1930.
Box   17
Folder   5
“Cyrus Hall McCormick and the People of Virginia” - Drafts, Notes, and Copy read at Virginia Social Science Association Convention, Richmond, Virginia, 1930 May.
“Marshall P. Wilder, Patron of Agriculture” - Research and Reference
Box   17
Folder   6
Typewritten Copies of References, 1931.
Box   17
Folder   7
Notes, 1931.
Box   17
Folder   8
Drafts and Notes, 1931.
Dana Carlton Munro Memorial Volume (Crusades and Other Essays)
Correspondence
Box   18
Folder   1
A-Cram, 1925-1928.
Box   18
Folder   2
F.S. Crofts and Company, and Royalty Statements, 1925-1951.
Box   18
Folder   3
Cross-Knappen, 1925-1928.
Box   18
Folder   4
Krey-Paetow, 1925-1928.
Box   18
Folder   5
Patterson-Young, 1925-1928.
Box   18
Folder   6
Administrative File - Lists of Munro's Students and Prospective Patrons, Copies of Form Letters, 1924-1927.
Box   18
Folder   7
Orders and Invoice, 1927-1928.
Box   18
Folder   8
Financial Records - Bank Statements, Receipts, Checks, Notes, 1926-1928.
Box   18
Folder   9
Index, Table of Contents, Preface, Bibliography of Munro's Writings, 1927.
Box   18
Folder   10
Galley Proof, c.1927.
Box   19
Folder   1
“American Farm Implements and Machines, 1833-1933” - Draft and Notes, 1932.
Box   19
Folder   2
“Discussion of Various Organs for Dissemination of Information,” 1934.
Box   19
Folder   3
Miscellaneous Short Articles, 1934-1943; n.d.
Box   19
Folder   4
“The West and National Agriculture in the Ante-Bellum Period, 1830-1860” - Drafts, Notes and Summary Copy read at Mississippi Valley Historical Association Convention, April 1935.
Box-folder   19-5
Volume   25
“Functions of a Local Historical Society, as suggested from the Experience of a Collector, Librarian, and Historian” - read before the Peoria County Historical Society - printed in Journal of Illinois State Historical Society, January 1937, 1936.
Box   19
Folder   6
“Suggestions for a Manuscript Survey in Illinois” - read at Regional Conference of Historical Records Survey - Final Copy and Drafts, 1936.
Box   19
Folder   7
“Chicago as an Intellectual Center” - read before Northwestern University History Faculty - Final Copy and Notes, 1936.
Box   19
Folder   8
“Solon Robinson's Impressions of Southern Agriculture” - read at Southern Historical Association - Notes and Drafts, 1937.
Box   19
Folder   9
“The Organization and Preservation of Manuscript Collections in the McCormick Historical Association Library” - read at American Library Association Convention, 16 June 1938 - Drafts and Notes, 1938.
Box   19
Folder   10
“The Mechanization of American Agriculture” - Drafts, Notes, Research Materials, and Copy read at University of Wisconsin, 15 November 1938.
Box   19
Folder   11
“Agricultural Contacts North and South Prior to 1861” - read at Mississippi Valley Historical Association - Drafts and Notes, 1939.
Fleming Lectures [Louisiana State University]
Box   20
Folder   1
Correspondence and Programs, 1937-1955.
Research and Reference
Inventions by State
Box   20
Folder   2
, 1790-1847.
Box   20
Folder   3
, 1848-1858.
Box   20
Folder   4
, 1859-1860.
Box   20
Folder   5
Notes, c. 1939.
Box   20
Folder   6
“Cultural Phases” [first lecture] - Drafts and Notes, 1939-1940.
Box   20
Folder   7
“Technological Aspects” [second lecture] - Drafts and Notes, 1939.
Box   20
Folder   8
“Rural Philosophy” [third lecture] - Drafts and Notes, 1939.
Box   20
Folder   9
“American Reference Libraries in the Postwar Era” - read at American Library Association - published in College Research Libraries, September 1942.
Box   20
Folder   10
“Aspects of the Evolution of the Plow in the United States from the Colonial Period to 1850” - Drafts and Notes, 1943.
Box   20
Folder   11
“Living Agricultural Museums,” 1944-1946.
Box   20
Folder   12
“Louis Pelzer, the Man - In Memoriam” - for Mississippi Valley Historical Review, 1946.
Box   20
Folder   13
“Washington and Lincoln and Agriculture” - Speech given at Ohio State Museum - Draft, 1947.
Box   21
Folder   1
“The Historian and Life” - Speech read at Mississippi Valley Historical Association - published in Mississippi Valley Historical Review, June 1947 - Notes, Drafts, Correspondence, Reprint, 1947.
Box   21
Folder   2
“The Invention and Evolution of Agricultural Machinery and the Settlement and Development of the West” - Drafts and Published Copy, 1947.
Box   21
Folder   3
“What is Oregon History” - Draft and Notes, c.1947-1948.
Box   21
Folder   4
“Hay Balers or Presses” and “Notes Upon the Meaning of the Word Invention” - Drafts, 1948.
Box   21
Folder   5
“Sketch of Everett Eugene Edwards” - Notes and Final Draft, 1953.
Box   21
Folder   6
“George Washington and Agriculture” - Notes for Discussion on WHA-TV, 1954.
Box   21
Folder   7
“Agricultural Surveys” - Drafts and Notes, n.d.
Box   21
Folder   8
“American Conquest or Pillars of Power” - Outline, Notes, and Suggested Scenes, n.d.
Box   21
Folder   9
“An Early American Gristmill,” n.d.
Box   21
Folder   10
“William Pitt Murray” and “The William Pitt Murray Papers” - Handwritten Drafts and Notes, n.d.
“Solon Robinson, Westerner and Nationalist” - Article for Westerner's Brand Book
Box   21
Folder   11
Final Copy, Drafts, Notes, n.d.
Box   22
Folder   1
Correspondence, 1921-1943.
Box   22
Folder   2
Research and Reference, n.d.
Box   22
Folder   3
Book Reviews, 1918-1950.
Box   22
Folder   4
Copies of Published Articles by H.A.K., 1928-1955; n.d.
Box-folder   22-5
Volume   26-27
Notes for Speeches, 1936-1954; n.d.
Box   22
Folder   6
Copies of Papers probably by H.A.K., n.d.
Box   22
Folder   7
Miscellaneous, 1935; 1940.
Box   22
Folder   8
Miscellaneous Fragments and Notes, n.d.
Box   22
Folder   9
Lucile O'Connor Kellar, 1935-1937.