KELLEY, Joanna Elizabeth, b 1910, prison administrator

Scope and Content

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.

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).


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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

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

Other Finding Aids

Printed handlist and on-line catalogue available.

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.

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