Guide to the Papers of Patrick F. Kelly


Collection Summary

Title: Papers of Patrick F. Kelly
Call Number: MS 2004-1
Size: 51.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Patrick F. Kelly.
Processed by: JLY, 6/2004
Restrictions: Some materials in Series 1 and Series 2 are restricted.



Literary Rights

Literary rights were granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.


Content Note

Judge Patrick F. Kelly was born in Wichita, June 25, 1929. He graduated from Wichita East High School and Wichita University. In 1953 he graduated from Washburn University Law School. The next two years were spent in the Air Force where he served as assistant Staff Judge Advocate. In August of 1955 he joined the firm Kahrs & Nelson where he later became a partner. In 1960 he ran for a seat in the Kansas state senate and in 1968 ran as a candidate for Congress, but was defeated both times. He then joined John Frank to form the firm Frank & Kelly that continued until 1968 when he joined Richard A. Render and Albert L. Kamas to form Render, Kamas & Kelly. He withdrew in 1975 to become a sole practitioner until he was appointed by President Carter as Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. He was sworn in on June 6, 1980. He retired in 1996.


Administrative History

The Papers of Judge Patrick F. Kelly include case files, informational files, appointment books, clippings, correspondence, opinions, ephemera, and other manuscript materials all documenting the career of Patrick F. Kelly as an attorney and District Court Judge.


Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 - Box 26 FF 37 Case Files. The series includes civil matters addressed by Judge Kelly through 1995 and are arranged alphabetically. Note: Some materials in Series 1 are restricted.
Series 2 Box 26 FF 38 - Box 32 Women's Health Care Services v. Operation Rescue. This series includes pleadings, correspondence, clippings and other materials detailing Women's Health Care Services v. Operation Rescue during the summer of 1991. Note: Some materials in Series 2 are restricted.
Series 3 Box 33 - Box 39 FF 25 Subject Files. This series of research and informational files includes copies of Judge Kelly's opinions on varied subjects. They are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Series 4 Box 39 FF 26 - Box 50 Professional Files. Includes appointment books, correspondence, published opinions, Installation materials, speeches, and other materials from Judge Kelly's career.
Series 5 Box 51 Ephemera. This series includes two scrapbooks documenting Patrick Kelly's run for Congress and two clippings files documenting the career of Kelly.


Box and Folder Listing

Not available.