Don Kelly Scrapbooks

Identity elements

Reference code

TxAM-CRS C000528

Name and location of repository

Level of description



Don Kelly Scrapbooks


  • 1932-2016 (Creation)


22 boxes

Name of creator

(September 22, 1940-)

Biographical history

Don Kelly was born September 22, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Illinois and attended college for his undergraduate degree at The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the university in 1962. Kelly then joined the United States Air Force and was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. After serving as an officer for three years, Kelly attended the University of Kansas and received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1967. He also studied Urban Studies at The University of Texas and Texas Christian University.
After completing his thorough education, Kelly began serving the public by becoming Assistant City Manager of Victoria, Texas, as well as serving as director of regional services. In 1970, Kelly landed the job as the first Executive Director of South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC) where he united the southeastern region of Texas.
While working this job, he also was either president or on the board of over 40 different civic and social organizations. He was appointed staff of the first North Texas Council of Governments and was the only member who attended all 34 meetings. Kelly also served as Chairman of the Beaumont Mayor’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities for 15 years, was the founding member of the Triangle AIDS Network, was on the board of the Mental Health Association for 26 years, and served as president of the Southeast Texas Arts Council and the Texas Association of Arts Council. Being a huge, diehard baseball fan, he even had the opportunity to co-host a sports trivia radio program for 17 years alongside Dave Hofferth. Kelly also had the honor of serving as the Olympic Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.
After serving the public for over 36 years, Don Kelly retired from SETRPC in 2000. Upon retirement, Kelly traveled around the world and settled down in Houston, Texas where he began to create and donate a variety of different collections. He donated and started the Don Kelly Research Collection of Gay Literature and Culture and Fellowship at Texas A&M University which consists of many rare books and materials. Kelly still donates and adds to the collection today.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

This collection consists of 38 dismantled scrapbooks, one intact scrapbook, and a book that provides extravagant detail and insight into Don Kelly’s life. The contents of this collection cover a wide range from 1932-2016 including numerous and various materials such as photographs of his close ones and from places traveled, letters to and from Don, postcards, receipts and bills from restaurants and hotels, memorial cards and obituaries, brochures, pamphlets, and tickets from different attractions all over the world, and family members death certificates as well as the allocation of funds for his father. There is a series for every aspect of life; his childhood, family, friends, famous people he met and knew, places he has lived, his career and retirement, and international travel trips.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1, Don Kelly. 1940-1960
Series 2, Family, Friends, Lovers, and People of Interest. 1932-2005
Series 3, Places Lived. 1962-2002
Series 4, Joe Mayock. 1991-2008
Series 5, David Ing. 1990-2001
Series 6, SETRPC Memories. 1970-2000
Series 7, SETRPC Retirement. 2000-2016
Series 8, International Travel. 1993-2009

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

Physical access

These materials are stored offsite and require additional time for retrieval.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Languages of the material

Scripts of the material

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by Don Kelly, 2018.


Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

Related descriptions

Notes element

Specialized notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Description control element

Rules or conventions

Sources used

Archivist's note

Collection processed and finding aid created by Reece Matt, September 2022.

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places