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Peter E. McGuire and Joseph L. Kelly papers, M2057

Identifier: M2057

Scope and Contents

The Peter E. McGuire and Joseph L. Kelly papers contain diaries and letters written by Peter McGuire and his brother-in-law Joseph Kelly. The letters are addressed to family members and date from during and after the Civil War. Also included are official military papers, a photograph of Joseph Kelly, a veteran's reunion booklet, and Kelly's obituary.


  • Creation: 1862 - 1924

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Joseph L. Kelly was born in New York on July 6, 1847. He served with Company G of the 156th New York Volunteer Infantry for over three years during the Civil War. After the war, he came to Hamilton, New York, and attended Colgate Academy for a time. He established and ran a book and stationary store in Hamilton until 1880 and then spent nine years in Utica as a salesman. In 1889, he helped establish the firm Kelly, Bostick, and Mead. Kelly remained involved in the book trade for much of the rest of his life and spent time in Pittsburgh, Utica, and California. He spent many summers in Hamilton and died in Yonkers in January 1924.

Joseph L. Kelly dies at Yonkers,Hamilton Republican, January 10, 1924.


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Guide to the Peter E. McGuire and Joseph L. Kelly papers
Mary Cordaro, Lora J. Davis, and Allyson Smally
May 8, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
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