Robert Hendre Kelby (1847-1927)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 55 1/4 x 37 in. ( 140.3 x 94 cm )
signature and date: lower right: "Irving R. Wiles 1918"
Robert Kelby joined the library staff of the New-York Historical Society in April 1868 as an assistant to his brother William, then the assistant librarian. In 1898, he succeeded his brother as librarian and was simultaneously appointed a member of the executive committee of the Society. Kelby served as librarian until 1920 when he retired with the title of Librarian Emeritus. In 1904, he was awarded a gold copy of the Society's centennial medal for his devoted service to the library.
Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
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