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Tim Kelly papers

Identifier: HJA-012

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials related to Kelly’s music career and his career in music industry sales from 1923-1982.  It includes scrapbook pages, clippings, correspondence, telegrams, photographs and some ephemeral material.  Most of the telegrams were sent from listeners to the Buddies Blue Melody Boys via Radio WFAA in Dallas, Texas, however several personal telegrams can be found interspersed throughout Series II of the collection.


  • 1923-1982
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/02/2012


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights to the physical object belong to the Hogan Jazz Archive, Tulane University. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where Tulane University does not hold the copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

Tim Kelly (1905-1990) also known as E. Tim Kelly was born Edward Timothy Kelly in Lockhart, Mississippi.  He grew up in Marshall, Texas where he began playing clarinet professionally in 1922 with a local band called The Melody Three.  He performed with a number of musicians, bands and orchestras throughout his career including the Ham Crawford trio, Buddies Blue Melody Boys, Duncan-Marin Southern Entertainers, Louisiana Ramblers, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, the World’s Greatest Jazz Band, and the Doc Ross Band where he made a lifelong friend in jazz trombonist, Jack Teagarden.  He also performed in radio show broadcasts in Texas where he would advertise his dances in nearby towns.  By the late 1920s, Kelly embarked on a second career in sales for the music industry.  He worked at Werlein’s Music Store in New Orleans, Brown’s Music Co. Werlein’s in Jackson, Mississippi as well as Allegrezza Piano Co. in Ridgeland, Mississippi.  Kelly continued to play clarinet with local bands in Jackson and was instrumental in forming the New Bourbon Street Jazz Society.


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Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection consists of four series that are arranged chronologically by decade:  I. Clippings, correspondence and other papers, II. Telegrams, III. Photographs and IV. Restricted fragile.

Physical Access Requirements

Restricted fragile materials in Series IV may only be consulted with permission of Jazz Archive staff. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Related Materials

Hogan Jazz Archive Oral Histories - Tim Kelly 12/3/1978 Hogan Jazz Archive Oral Histories - Tim Kelly 3/26/1979
Language of description
English, Old (ca.450-1100)
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US