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KELLEY, Joanna Elizabeth, b 1910, prison administrator


Reference code(s): GB 0097 KELLEY

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: KELLEY, Joanna Elizabeth, b 1910, prison administrator

Date(s): 1842-1980

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 8 boxes and 5 volumes

Name of creator(s): Kelley | Joanna Elizabeth | b 1910 | prison administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1910; educated Hayes Court and Girton College, Cambridge University; Souschargé, Department of Pre-History, Musée de l'Homme, Paris, 1934-1939; Mixed Youth Club Leader, Young Women's Christian Association, 1939-1942; Welfare Officer, Admiralty, Bath, 1942-47; served in the prison service, 1947-1974; Governor, HM Prison, Holloway, 1959-1966; Assistant Director of Prisons (Women), 1967-1974; Member of Council, St George's House, Windsor, 1971-1977; OBE 1973; Member, Redundant Churches Committee, 1974-1979; Member, Scott Holland Trust, 1978-1986; Sponsor, YWCA of Great Britain, 1979-present. Publications: When the Gates Shut (Longmans, London, 1967; Who Casts the First Stone? (Epworth, London, 1978).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Joanna Elizabeth Kelley, 1842-1980, mainly relating to the UK prison service, including historical notes, 1921-1980, on subjects relating to prison buildings, prisoners, legal aid, mental illness, prison security and young offenders; general historical notes and documents, 1842-1980, on Holloway Prison, health and hygiene, suffragettes, and women offenders, notably the manuscript diary of the suffragette Annie Cobden-Sanderson written during her imprisonment in 1906, and papers relating to the Duchess of Bedford's Enquiry into Holloway Prison in 1919 ; bibliographies relating to aspects of the prison service, 1970-1980; card indexes for notes on prison organisation and regulations, [1970-1980]; photograph albums, 1970-1971, containing photographs taken by Robert Donat of HM Prison Holloway, including architectural views, interior and exterior, and staff and prisoners; material relating to the penal system in Australia, 1966-1970, notably surveys of prison populations and developments in the treatment of female prisoners.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers are arranged in sections as follows: historical notes, bibliographies, card indexes, photograph albums and Australian prisons. The historical notes are arranged alphabetically.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Printed handlist and on-line catalogue available.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Joanna Kelley in 1993. Additional deposits were made by her in 1995 and 1996.


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Archivist's note: Sources: British Library of Political and Economic Science Archives catalogue. Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Nov 2000

Prisoners | Disadvantaged groups
Prisons | Penal sanctions | Administration of justice
Womens history | History
Womens suffrage | Electoral systems | Internal politics
Penal institutions

Personal names
Donat | Robert | fl 1970-1971 | photographer
Kelley | Joanna Elizabeth | b 1910 | Assistant Director of Prisons
Russell | Mary Du Caurroy | 1865-1937 | nurse and aviator | wife of Herbrand Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford x Bedford | Duchess of
Sanderson | Annie | Cobden- | fl 1865-1927 | suffragette | daughter of Richard Cobden x Cobden-Sanderson | Annie

Corporate names
Holloway Prison

Australia | Oceania
Asia and the Pacific