Everett L. Kelly Papers: 1926-1986
Summary Information
Title: Everett L. Kelly Papers
Creator: Kelly, Everett Lowell, 1905-
Inclusive dates: 1926-1986
Extent: 3 linear feet
Location: offsite storage; prior notification required for access
Abstract:
Professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. Papers include an unpublished autobiography; files relating to his work with the Civil Aeronautics Administration during World War II in developing a pilot aptitude test and a flight training manual; and correspondence and subject files relating to his professional activities and research on such subjects as color-hearing, extrasensory perception, a marriage longitudinal study, and predictors for student success; also papers detailing his work on the Thalia Massie rape case; and photographs.
Call number: 88402 Aa 2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid prepared by: Rebecca Johnson Jenny Sternaman

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Kelly's daughter, Patricia Kelly Klinger (donor no. 7544). The collection was received in various accessions in 1988.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Everett L. Kelly Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Everett Lowell Kelly, born November 15, 1905, came to the University of Michigan as a professor of psychology in 1946, already a distinguished member of his profession. He was an outstanding student at Purdue (B.A., 1926), Colorado State College of Education (M.A., 1928), and Stanford University (PhD, 1930). His first academic position was at the University of Hawaii, where he encountered Thalia Massie and later became involved in her well-publicized rape trial. During World War II Kelly was active in the Civil Aeronautics Administration, developing a pilot aptitude test and a flight training manual which standardized vocabularies for naval flight instructors. In 1945 he spent a year in Washington, D.C. working closely with scientists and senators involved in creating a National Science Foundation.

At the University of Michigan, Kelly and department chairman Donald Marquis worked hard to build up the then weak psychology department by hiring reputable faculty and developing the curriculum. When Marquis left in 1957, Kelly was named chairman of the department. He retired from formal teaching in 1974.

Kelly's professional interests were many and varied; over the years he explored such subjects as "color hearing," extrasensory perception, personality and compatibility in marriage (later published as the well known Kelly Longitudinal Study), training programs, predictors for student success, and methods of testing. He was active in a variety of organizations and agencies including the American Psychological Association (member of board of directors and president, 1954-1955), Veterans Administration, Office of Naval Research, Peace Corps, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Psychological Corporation.

Kelly maintained a lifelong interest in amateur radio, through which he met and courted his second wife, Lillian. Kelly died on January 16, 1986.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Everett Kelly collection is arranged into four series. The bulk of the collection relates to his professional interests outside of the University of Michigan.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Color-hearing.
  • Extrasensory perception.
  • Longitudinal method.
  • Psychology.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Photographs.
  • Kelly, E. Lowell (Everett Lowell), 1905-1986.
  • Massie, Thalia Fortescue, 1910-1963.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Psychology.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Kelly, E. Lowell (Everett Lowell), 1905-1986.
  • Kelly family.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical [series]

The first Biographical series includes Kelly's autobiography, vitas, military information, and materials on personal interests such as amateur radio, inventions, and his wife Lillian.

Box   1  
Autobiography-Early
Box   1  
Autobiography
Box   1  
Biographical
Box   1  
Kelly, Lillian (wife)
Box   1  
Radio Amateurs
Box   1  
Patents
 
Military and War Materials 1939-1945 [series]

The series Military and War Material, 1939-1945, is largely related to his work on developing flight training manuals for the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and also contains correspondence from World War II years.

 
Civil Aeronautics Administration
Box   1  
Correspondence, John G. Jenkins 1941-1942
Box   1  
Correspondence, A-Z. 1939-1942 (3 folders)
Box   1  
Form Letters, Lists
Box   1  
General
Box   1  
"A Preliminary Study of Certain Predictors of Success in Civilian Pilot Training"
Box   1  
Reports
Box   1  
Training Manual 1943
Box   1  
Institute of the Aeronautical Services 1941
Box   1  
Navy Commission 1942
Box   1  
World War II 1943-1945 (3 folders)
Box   1  
World War II, Vouchers 1944
 
Professional 1926-1985 [series]

The series Professional, 1926-1985, is divided into two subseries, Correspondence, 1932-1985 and Subject Files, 1926-1985. Both these subseries document Kelly's professional interests including schooling, studies, controversies such as the Thalia Massie case, his Longitudinal Study, school curriculum, his work on color hearing (chromaesthia) and extrasensory perception, the "nature vs. nurture" controversy, and copies of his many publications.

 
Correspondence 1932-1985 [subseries]
Box   1  
Personal 1932-1933
Box   1  
Louis Terman 1934-1937
Box   1  
A-H 1939-1942
Box   1  
I-Z 1939-1942
Box   1  
Elliot, E.C. 1939-1942
Box   1  
Knight, Dr. F.S. 1940-1942
Box   1  
Personal 1938-1985 (7 folders)
 
Subject Files 1926-1985 [subseries]
Box   2  
American Association for Applied Psychology 1942
Box   2  
Adult Behavior Disturbances
Box   2  
Annual Report 1941, 1942
Box   2  
American Psychological Association, President
Box   2  
Art Aptitude Test 1929
Box   2  
Chromaesthesia/Mescal Experiment 1930
Box   2  
Chromaesthesia Data 1930
Box   2  
Chromaesthesia Thesis 1930
Box   2  
Computer Program 1955
Box   2  
Copyright
Box   2  
Extrasensory Perception 1938
Box   2  
Foundation Fund 1953-1954
Box   2  
Future Research
Box   2  
Graphology 1938-1940
Box   2  
Homosexuality
Box   2  
Huron Valley Child Guidance Center 1982-1985 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Hutt, Max 1981-1982
Box   2  
Kelly Longitudinal Study 1979-1981 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Medical School Student Evaluation
Box   2  
Nature vs. Nurture Controversy 1974
Box   2  
Notebooks-Universität Berlin 1932
Box   2  
Notes for talks
Box   2  
Notes-Terman
Box   2  
National Research
Box   2  
Council 1939-1942
Box   2  
Peace Corps
Box   2  
Personality Forms
Box   2  
Personality over the Air 1938-1940
Box   2  
Purdue Marriage Course
Box   2  
Radcliffe College-Henry A. Murray Research Center
 
Massie Case
Box   2  
General 1967
Box   3  
Blood and Orchids

(novel)

Box   3  
Rape in Paradise

(novel)

Box   3  
Reports/Publications, A-Z
Box   3  
School Psychological Counselors 1950
Box   3  
Scrapbook 1961-1964 (unbound)
Box   3  
Sensory deprivation 1962
Box   3  
Social Science Research Committee on Appraisal of Methods of Prediction 1940-1941
Box   3  
Student Attitudes Study 1935
Box   3  
Stanford University-Class Notes
Box   3  
Terman Commemorative Volume 1940
Box   3  
Thesis-Purdue 1926
Box   3  
University of Michigan Psychology Department
Box   3  
Vacuum Tube Voltmeter 1935
Box   3  
Vassar Study 1934-1937
 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs series includes portraits, and photos of Kelly with colleagues and family.

Box   3  
Armed Services
Box   3  
Family
Box   3  
Professional