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John Kelly Jr. Collection

Identifier: MF124

Scope and Contents

A collection of five accessions, mostly interviews conducted by John Kelly, Jr., in 1971 and 1974 mostly dealing with Kelly's family and with life and fishing in Long Harbor, Newfoundland; and rum running in Quincy, MA.


  • 1970-1974

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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5 items

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NA0583 John Kelly, Sr., interviewed by John Kelly, Jr., December 1970, Quincy, Massachusetts. Kelly, Sr., talks about life in Newfoundland; fishing on trawlers, etc. in a series of interviews. Also included: illustrations and photos.

Text: 202 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0583_t0324_01-mfc_na0583_t0327_02 8 hours Photos: P01011 - P01013

NA0661 Thomas Fulham and Capt. John J. Whalen, interviewed by John Kelly, June 1971. Fulham, owner of the Triton, a fishing boat, and Capt. Whalen, a fishing vessel skipper born in Newfoundland, talk about their lives. Also included: personal correspondence.

Text: 107 pp. transcript, 4 pp. questions Recording: mfc_na0661_t0355_01, mfc_na0661_t0355_02 3 hours

NA0662 Anna Anderson, interviewed by John Kelly, June 1971, Quincy, Massachusetts. Anderson (b. June 27, 1885), donor’s wife’s Swedish grandmother, talks about her life.

Text: 9 pp. outline; 140 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0662_t0356_01-mfc_na0662_t0357_02 4 hours

NA0663 Eric P. Peterson, interviewed by John Kelly, September 1971, Boston, Massachusetts. Peterson, donor’s wife’s paternal grandfather, who came to Boston from Sweden in 1911, talks about his life. Also included: personal correspondence.

Text: 59 pp. transcript Recording: mfc_na0663_t0358_01, mfc_na0663_t0359_01 2 hours

NA0858 Peter Kelly and Captain John Kelly, interviewed by John Kelly Jr. (nephew/son), August 11, 14, 21, and 24, 1974, Quincy, Massachusetts. P. Kelly talks about “Uncle” Tom Kelly and rum running in Quincy, MA. Captain Kelly talks about his experiences as a fisherman; fishing during the Depression. Also included: there a few notes from John Kelly to Edward D. “Sandy” Ives.

Text: 29 pp. brief catalogs for each Recording: mfc_na0858_t0809_01-mfc_na0858_t0814_01 3 hours

Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Guide to John Kelly Jr. Collection
In Progress
Thomas Libby
May 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States