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Boston College collection of Michael Kelly

 Collection — Shared box: 5237
Collection MS-1986-161: Boston College collection of Michael Kelly


  • Creation: 1793 - 1835

Scope and Contents

The collection includes materials belonging to and about eighteenth-century Irish tenor and composer Michael Kelly. Concerning Kelly there are contemporary newspaper clippings regarding his performances, a hand-written list of his compositions and dates, and a subscription list from an effort to erect a memorial to him in Ireland after his death. There are also several pieces of correspondence to Kelly from the Drury Lane Theatre acknowledging salary owed. Lastly, there is a manuscript resolution of the Association of the Friends of Ireland in Philadelphia, whose relationship to Kelly is undocumented.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Vocalist and composer Michael Kelly was born in 1962 in Dublin, Ireland. He attended conservatory in Naples in 1779 and began tenor performances in Italian opera. After four years as part of an Italian company in residency at the court of Emperor Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor at Vienna, Kelly moved to London. He performed and directed for the Drury Land and Kings Theatres, as well as singing in concerts. He died at the age of 64 in Margate, England.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 container) : 9 items

Language of Materials



Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States