The Kevin Kelly collection consists of manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, audio recordings, photographs, printed material, and other items.
Manuscripts in the collection include Kelly’s student papers (1949-1954); an outline and short draft of a novel titled Gypsies, Jugglers and Clowns ; and scripts for plays by others: Cakewalk, by Peter Feibleman (1992-1993); The Grapes of Wrath, adapted by Frank Galat (1989); and Some Americans Abroad, by Richard Nelson (1989).
Subject files in the collection consist of various items organized by Kelly into files. The material includes drafts of articles, clippings, letters, and other items. Topics include Robert Brustein and the American Repertory Theatre; Samuel Beckett; Michael Bennett; columns; interviews with George Cukor, Tommy Tune, Peter Sellars, Mike Nichols, and Angela Lansbury; Phantom of the Opera (ca. 1989); regional theatres; the George Jean Nathan Award; the Elliot Norton Awards; and the Globe International Theater Awards. The latter file includes letters from Elliot Norton and William Morris Hunt.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of letters to Kelly from various readers; a few personal letters are also included. These date from 1972 to 1991. Also in the collection is Kelly’s correspondence with lawyer John F. Breglo regarding a book about George Cukor and a television program planned with Craig Spence; these date from 1982.
Audio recordings in the collection consist of numerous interviews Kelly conducted with various theatre and show-business figures as research for his book One Singular Sensation: The Michael Bennett Story (Doubleday, 1990). Interviewees include Michael Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, James Kirkwood, Hal Prince, Neil Simon, Liz Smith, Tommy Tune, Beverly Sills, Elaine Stritch, and many others.
Photographs in the collection consist of publicity still for various films. Titles include Debajo del Mundo (1987); Comic Book Confidential (1988); Milk and Honey (1988); Morgan’s Cake (1988);Rorret (1988); Helem Krav (Shell Shock) (1988) On the Black Hill (1989); Of Men and Angels(1989); The Big Dis (1989); A Dry White Season (1989); Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989); 84 Charlie MoPic (1989); Powwow Highway (1989); Romero (1989); A Taste of Hemlock (1989); True Love(1989); and Blue Planet (1990).
Printed material in the collection primarily consists of scrapbooks containing numerous columns and by Kelly, printed in The Boston Globe and elsewhere. These items date from 1958 to 1987. Other printed items in the collection include an issue of The Bostonian from 1949 edited by Kelly and including a short story by him; printed items mentioning Kelly; a few theater programs; a press book for the musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman (1994); and other miscellaneous clippings.
Other items in the collection include memorabilia regarding the Roxbury Memorial High School for Boys; an invitation to the opening of the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts (1947); and a “prize for distinction in literary achievement” (1948).