CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2393
TitlePapers relating to Aberdeen architects: John Smith, senior and junior, William Kelly and William Douglas Simpson
Date1841 - 1961
Extent17 items (0.02 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryWilliam 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 the memory of William Kelly, LL.D., A.R.S.A,' ed., W.D. Simpson, Aberdeen University Study no.125 (Aberdeen 1949), 2-3.
SourceThis collection of letters and tracings was found among the papers of William Kelly and was presented to Aberdeen University Library by his widow or another member of his family prior to or in 1961.
DescriptionCollection 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.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialFor other collections of Kelly's papers in the University Library see MS 2195: Glenbucket Castle notes (early 20th century) and MS 2380: Collection of notebooks, sketch books and photographs belonging to William Kelly.
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