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Kelly (Gail Paradise) Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 17-F-1312
This collection contains the personal, professional, and educational papers of Gail Paradise Kelly, including syllabi, class notes, research notes, correspondence, collected pamphlets, magazine and journal articles, drafts, books, book contracts, essays, and photographs.


  • 1958-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1970-1991


Language of Materials

Majority in English, some in French, some in Vietnamese.

Terms of Access

The Gail Paradise Kelly papers, 1958-1995 (bulk 1970-1991) are open for research.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.


10 Linear Feet (9 record cartons, 1 half record carton, 1 manuscript box)


Papers, 1958-1995 (bulk 1970-1991), of Gail Paradise Kelly (1940-1991), UB Graduate School of Education faculty and scholar in comparative education.

Biographical Note

Dr. Gail Paradise Kelly (1940-1991) was a pioneer in the field of comparative women's education and a noted faculty member of UB's Graduate School of Education. Kelly acquired her undergraduate degree in 1962 from the University of Chicago, and went on to obtain her master's degree in education from Indiana University in 1970. In 1975, she was awarded her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in the same year she joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo. Starting as an Assistant Professor in the GSE, Kelly was promoted to Associate Professor in 1978, and eventually became a full professor in 1983, a position she held for the remainder of her career. Kelly also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of History. While at UB, Kelly played a major role in the development of a comparative education doctoral program, and held a notable amount of administrative and committee positions. As a scholar in comparative education, she conducted much research focusing on women's education, third-world education, and Vietnam. By the end of her career, Kelly wrote two books, five monographs, twenty-four book chapters, and twenty-three journal articles, and was the co-editor of eleven books.


This collection is arranged in four series:
  1. Education, 1958-1975
  2. University at Buffalo, 1975-1991
  3. Research and Publications, 1964-1991
  4. David Kelly, 1971-1995

Acquisition Information

Donated by David H. Kelly, husband of Gail Paradise Kelly, and brought to the University Archives by Christopher Densmore on May 31, 2000.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Grace Trimper.



Gail Paradise Kelly Papers
Finding Aid prepared by Grace Trimper.
May 2018
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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