William A. Kelly Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Author
Kelly, William A.
William A. Kelly papers
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

William Kelly began teaching at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in January 1926 in the field of geology. He was appointed full professor in July 1944. Before he joined the faculty at Michigan State, he earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Alberta and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, where he taught until 1926. Kelly retired from MSU in 1961.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains a “Laboratory Manual for Historical Geology”, written by William Kelly. The manual is made up of nine parts: fossil preservation methods, fossil diagrams, directions for studying unknown specimens, exercise worksheets, fossil collection directions, outline of a Grand Ledge field excursion, a resume of Michigan’s historical geology, and a glossary.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 2009

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: As noted on manual. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Handbooks and manuals


  • Geology
  • Historical geology

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Laboratory Manual for use in Historical Geology Undated 

FD 1