Fonds F 693 - William F. Kelly fonds

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William F. Kelly fonds

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  • Architectural drawing
  • Technical drawing
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  • Object
  • Textual record

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F 693

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  • 1950-2005 (Accumulation)
  • 1911-2005 (predominant: 1972-2005) (Creation)
    Kelly, William Francis, 1931-2021

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Physical description

9.563m of textual records
504 architectural drawings on 2337 sheets
1 presentation panel
1390 photographs : prints, b&w
11330 photographs : prints, col.
1254 photographs : negatives, b&w
11869 photographs : negatives, col.
26 photographs : slides, col.
1 print : postcard, col.
3 objects

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Biographical history

William Francis Kelly was born on August 17, 1931 in Kenora, Ontario. He received his early education at Port Arthur, Ontario, and Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan and graduated from Central Collegiate in Regina in 1949. Kelly attended McGill University on a Canadian Pacific Railway scholarship from 1949 to 1954, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

After employment as a draftsman with various engineering and architectural firms throughout Canada, Kelly returned to Regina in 1956 and soon thereafter registered as a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects. He commenced work as a designer and draftsman with Stock, Ramsay & Associates and advanced with the firm (through its various name changes) to be appointed partner with the D.H. Stock Partnership in 1966. Kelly continued with D.H. Stock and Partners Limited until October 1972.

In January 1973, Kelly established a private architectural firm in Regina. It was incorporated as William Kelly Architect Ltd. in 1975 and its name was revised to William Kelly Architect (1983) Limited in 1983. Kelly's firm provided architectural services including feasibility and condition studies, design and space planning, and project management to clients for residential, commercial and institutional construction or renovation projects primarily throughout southern Saskatchewan. The firm also provided consultation services to architectural, engineering and project management firms. William Kelly Architect (1983) Limited ceased operations in 2005 when Kelly retired from practice.

Kelly also established and incorporated William Kelly Holdings Ltd. in 1975 to manage the various real estate properties he owned. William Kelly Holdings Ltd. also ceased operations in 2005.

Kelly's professional affiliations included serving as president of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects, and holding membership with Heritage Canada, Construction Specifications Canada, the Council of Educational Facility Planners, and the Canadian Hospital Engineering Society. Kelly was also appointed to the Senate of the University of Regina and to the boards of the United Way of Regina, the Regina Chamber of Commerce, the Regina Community Foundation, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, the Wascana and Queen City chapters of the Kiwanis Club, and the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

Awards and honours received by Kelly include the City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award (1992), a Certificate of Merit from the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (1997), appointment to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's College of Fellows (1998) and life membership to the Saskatchewan Association of Architects (2011).

William Kelly died at Regina on October 6, 2021.

Custodial history

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by William F. Kelly in his architectural practice in Regina, Saskatchewan between ca. 1954 and 2005. The records primarily reflect the approximately 350 architectural projects throughout Saskatchewan that Kelly worked on during his career. The fonds also includes a small volume of personal photographs of Kelly's and records related to his professional development and interests.

The fonds consists of six series: Studies and Reports; Specifications; Project Files; Business Records; Architectural Drawings; and Photographs.

The types of records included are architectural drawings; a presentation drawing; photographic prints, negatives, slides and postcard; correspondence; reports; tenders; contracts; product material catalogues; progress certificates; minutes; invitations; programmes; and objects.

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Physical condition

Records are in good physical condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

William F. Kelly donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in one accession in 2011: 2011-124 (June 29, 2011).


Arrangement imposed by archivist based on the record creator's numerical organizational scheme for his projects.
File titles provided by records creator except where indicated in square brackets.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Box number(s): 1-84

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Some of these records are subject to access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records may be subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

Finding aids

SAFA 664 consists of a fonds description, file listings of textual records, and item descriptions of architectural drawings and photographs.

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

Locations for retrieval: Regina - Henderson; Regina - Maxwell.
Certain architectural drawings and photographs and all objects have been retained in the textual records.


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders and removed fasteners. Any notations on the file folders were photocopied and placed in the front of the file. Photographic prints, negatives, slides and postcard were placed in sleeves.

Alpha-numeric designations

Architectural Drawings: AD-490 to AD-889.
Photographs: GM-PH-2303 (1)-(2) to GM-PH-2589 (1)-(639).

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F 693

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Rules or conventions

Saskatchewan Archives. Archival Description Manual 2004.



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  • English

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  • Latin


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