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John L. Kiener Papers

Identifier: AppMs-0290

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1931-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Materials relating to particular clients and students have been restricted in respect of right to privacy. Series 3-6 and Series 12 have been suppressed pending further review.


17.00 linear feet (36 Boxes, 6 Scrapbooks, 148 Audiotapes, 3 Oversized folders)

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The papers are organized into 12 series: Series 1, Correspondence; Series 2, Iowa Materials-college, law school and beginning law career; Series 3, Johnson City Law Practice Files; Series 4, Judgeships with court and community related papers; Series 5, Juvenile Court and related papers; Series 6, Legal Services; Series 7, Personal Papers; Series 8, School Lecture Materials; Series 9, Seminars and Workshops; Series 10, Speeches and Publications; Series 11, Scrapbooks; Series 12, Audiotapes.

Method of Acquisition

The John L. Kiener Papers were donated to the Archives of Appalachia by Judge John L. Kiener on December 4, 1986.

Separated Materials

Some papers were removed from the collection, and restricted items are stored in box #35.

Photographs from the Kiener Collection are stored in Small Photographic Collections by accession number.

Some types of materials that have been removed from the collection and placed in the Archives of Appalachia vertical files are business reports, monographs, speeches, publications, stack summaries and proxy statements. These materials relate to local government, schools, local history, and Kiener's business interests.

Materials such as government directories, reports, and publication concerning social programs were transferred to the Government Documents Department in the ETSU library.

An inscribed copy of Paul Kennedy's book The End of the Day was removed and cataloged for Special Collections.

A complete list of the materials removed from this collection can be found in the Kiener case file.

Processing Information

Betty Davis completed processing and the papers were opened for research in November 1987.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA