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Robert Hendre Kelby (1847-1927)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1918
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 55 1/4 × 37 in. (140.3 × 94 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Louis Durr Fund
Object Number: 1918.12
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Marks: signature and date: lower right: "Irving R. Wiles 1918"

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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.