|Administrative History||William Kelly (1861-1944), A.R.S.A., LL.D. (Aberdeen, 1919), architect, was an apprentice in the office of William Smith (1817-1891), city architect of Aberdeen, and his son, John Smith. William Smith was concerned with the building of Balmoral Castle and his father, John Smith (1781-1852), was the first to hold the post of city architect and was involved in the erection of several well-known buildings in Aberdeen. He was in turn the son of a local builder, William Smith, and the Smith family cooperated with the celebrated Aberdeen architect, Archibald Simpson (1790-1847).|
For further details on William Kelly see 'Aberdeen University Review', XXX, 382-384 and 'A tribute...to the memory of William Kelly, LL.D., A.R.S.A,' ed., W.D. Simpson, Aberdeen University Study no.125 (Aberdeen 1949), 2-3.
|Description||Collection of letters and papers relating to John Smith, senior and junior, William Smith, Archibald Simpson and William Kelly, architects. Also included are three tracings for the plinth of a statue to be placed in the neighbourhood of Union Bridge and Diamond Street, Aberdeen, and a genealogical tree and notes regarding the family of John Smith.|