The John L. Kiener Papers date from 1931 to 1987. With the exception of the first series, Correspondence (which spans Kiener's career), the series are divided functionally in relation to his personal interests and activities pertaining to his career in law. These series essentially are arranged chronologically; however, the dates overlap to some extent.
The majority of the papers were selected by Kiener to provide a look at the complexities of the General Session Courts. It shows the relationship of the many agencies, both private and governmental, that work with or offer their services to the courts. While Kiener's selection of materials certainly is not a complete representation of this relationship, it is a very significant one.
The papers include correspondence (both personal and professional), publications, memorabilia, photographs, lecture material, speeches, newsclippings, seminar and workshop outlines, contracts, financial records, reports, forms, trial briefs, programs, tapes, and scrapbooks.
Some significant subjects covered in the Kiener Papers are juvenile detention in adult jails or lockups, child abuse, correction group homes, foster care, drug and alcohol abuse among children, Tennessee court structure, rules on civil procedure, spouse abuse, adult education, code of criminal procedure, Drake University Law School, Frank Pierce Trust Fund, consumer protection laws, labor law, bankruptcy, shackling of the accused in court, and legal liabilities of public officers.
17.00 linear feet (36 Boxes, 6 Scrapbooks, 148 Audiotapes, 3 Oversized folders)