The Charles Kelly papers (1889-1971) contain personal materials, including his diary (1918-1971), a copy of his autobiography (1936), day books, and logs and journals of six river trips taken from 1932 to 1942. Included also is correspondence with colleagues exchanging information on research and writing, miscellaneous research materials, and published and unpublished manuscripts. Also present are periodicals in which some of his articles and photographs are published; a typescript copy of "The Field Notes of Robert Brewster Stanton, 1889-1890," which is an examination of the Colorado River for a railway line; and the "Journal of Albert King Thurber," an explorer of the area between the Sevier River Valley and the Colorado River. The collection contains copies of Kelly's six books published between 1930 and 1938. Several of Kelly's paintings of Southern Utah's red rock country are also part of the collection.
The Utah Humanities Research Foundation records (1944-1954) contain information on cultural materials throughout Utah and neighboring regions. The foundation, funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation in 1944, attempted to preserve and collect cultural materials from the area. Fellowships were granted to qualified people for study in various areas of the humanities. The results from these studies are included in the collection. Subjects covered in the collection are autobiographies, biographies, dance, drama, education, folklore, history, Indians, industry, printed materials, photography, and correspondence.