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Guide to the E. Kevin Kelly Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1964-1978
Creator: Kelly, E. Kevin (1943-1992)
Extent: 6.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0393
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Iowa state legislator. Correspondence and subject files document his career as a state representative and senator. He was especially interested in criminal justice.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition: Kelly gave his papers to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1982.

Preferred Citation: E. Kevin Kelly Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman
Email: lib-spec@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc

E. Kevin Kelly (1943-1992) was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He graduated from Sioux City Central High School, received his B.S. degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and in 1968 earned his law degree from the South Dakota Law School. He was the assistant Woodbury County attorney from 1968 to 1971 and was the state chairman of the Iowa Young Republicans from 1970 to 1974. Kelly was elected to the Iowa house in 1971. He was next elected to the state senate, serving until 1978 when he decided not to seek re-election. After leaving government, Kelly returned to law and other business ventures. He also became a lobbyist in the state legislature for various businesses and organizations. In 1988, Kelly changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. In 1992 Kelly died, the victim of a homicide, in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The papers of E. Kevin Kelly document his legislative career and include correspondence and subject files dating from 1964 to 1978. There are more than five boxes of correspondence including letters from John Culver, Lucas DeKoster, Roger Jepsen, Arthur Neu, Robert D. Ray, Elizabeth Shaw, and Richard Turner. Kelly was involved in the issues of criminal law including changes in the Iowa Criminal Code, penal and correctional systems, and juvenile justice. Other topics include apportionment, property tax, and sunset review of government programs. Finally, there are materials relating to the Woodbury County and the Republican Party in Iowa.

Browse by Series:
Series 1: LETTER A
Series 2: LETTER B
Series 3: LETTER C
Series 4: LETTER E
Series 5: LETTER G
Series 6: LETTER I
Series 7: LETTER J
Series 8: LETTER L
Series 9: LETTER M
Series 10: LETTER N
Series 11: LETTER O
Series 12: LETTER P
Series 13: LETTER R
Series 14: LETTER S
Series 15: LETTER T
Series 16: LETTER V
Series 17: LETTER W

  • Series 1: LETTER A
  • Box 1:
  • Administrative Rules Review Committee - 1978
  • Anti-Trust Subcommittee - 1974-1976
  • Art legislation - 1977-1978
  • Series 2: LETTER B
  • Box 1:
  • Bar Association -- proposed bills - 1976-1978
  • Bills sponsored by Kelly - 1977-1978
  • Bottle bill - 1977-1978
  • Series 3: LETTER C
  • Box 1:
  • Civil Rights - 1965-1977
  • Clapper, Emma -- Medical or state supplementary assistance - 1977
  • Clippings concerning the murder of E. Kevin Kelly - 1992
  • Consumer Safety Glazing Committee - 1975-1976
  • Corporation Income Tax - 1977
  • Correspondence, January-July - 1971
    Including letters from Roger W. Jepsen, John Culver, and Robert D. Ray
  • Box 2:
  • Correspondence, January-October - 1972
    Including a letter from Roger W. Jepsen
  • Correspondence, November-December - 1972
    Including letters from Arthur A. Neu, Melvin D. Synhorst, Lucas J. DeKoster, Robert D. Ray, and Wiley Mayne
  • Correspondence, January - 1973
    Including letters from Gerald Bogan and Richard C. Turner
  • Correspondence, March - 1973
  • Correspondence, April - 1973
  • Correspondence, May - 1973
  • Box 3:
  • Correspondence, June-September - 1973
  • Corrrespondence, October-December - 1973
    Including letters from Arthur A. Neu
  • Correspondence, January - 1974
  • Correspondence, February - 1974
    Including a letter from Arthur A. Neu
  • Correspondence, including letters from Richard C. Turner, March - 1974
  • Correspondence, April - 1974
  • Correspondence, May-December - 1974
    Including letters from Lucas J. DeKoster, Arthur A. Neu, and Elizabeth Shaw
  • Correspondence, January - 1975
    Including letters from Berkley Bedell,
  • Box 4:
  • Correspondence, February - 1975
    Including a letter from Henry A. Kissinger
  • Correspondence, March 1-12 - 1975
  • Correspondence, March 13-31 - 1975
  • Correspondence, April 1-7 - 1975
  • Correspondence, April 8-30 - 1975
    Including a letter from Richard C. Turner
  • Correspondence, May - 1975
  • Correspondence, June-December - 1975
  • Box 5:
  • Correspondence, January - 1976
    Including letters from Arthur A. Neu
  • Correspondence, February - 1976
  • Correspondence, March - 1976
  • Correspondence, April - 1976
    Including a letter from R. H. Lounsberry
  • Correspondence, May-August - 1976
  • Correspondence, September-December - 1976
    Including letters from Arthur A. Neu and Elizabeth Shaw
  • Correspondence, January-February - 1977
    Including a letter from Tom Stoner and Margaret McDonald
  • Box 6:
  • Correspondence, March 1-15 - 1977
  • Correspondence, March 16-31 - 1977
  • Correspondence, April - 1977
  • Correspondence, May-June - 1977
    Including letters from John C. Culver and Earl M. Willits
  • Correspondence, July-September - 1977
  • Correspondence, October-December - 1977
  • Correspondence, January-February - 1978
  • Correspondence, March - 1978
  • Box 7:
  • Correspondence, April-August - 1978
  • Correspondence, n.d.
  • County fees and equipment car tax - 1976-1977
  • Court administration - 1975
  • Series 4: LETTER E
  • Box 7:
  • Educational television (ETV) - 1972-1973
  • Series 5: LETTER G
  • Box 7:
  • Gasohol and fuel tax - 1978
  • Series 6: LETTER I
  • Box 7:
  • Interest Rates Joint Standing Committee - 1978
  • Interim Study Committees - 1973-1977
  • Iowa Competition Law -- House File #584 - 1975-1976
  • Iowa Competition Law -- House File #584, n.d.
  • Iowa Criminal Code -- Senate File #85 - 1973-1976
  • Iowa Criminal Code -- Senate File #85 - 1975
  • Iowa Criminal Code -- Senate File #85, House amendment - 1976
  • Box 8:
  • Iowa Legislative Service Bureau - 1972-1975
  • Iowa State Education Association legislative program - 1972-1973
  • Series 7: LETTER J
  • Box 8:
  • Juvenile Code -- House File #248 - 1978
  • Juvenile Justice, September - 1972-1975
  • Juvenile Justice, October - 1975-1978
  • Juvenile Justice, n.d.
  • Juvenile Justice -- Notebook - 1976
    2 folders
  • Juvenile Justice -- Notebook - 1976
    2 folders
  • Study Committee - 1976
  • Series 8: LETTER L
  • Box 9:
  • Legislative Fiscal Bureau - 1974-1978
  • Legislative reports - 1973-1974
  • Local Government Task Force - 1976
  • Series 9: LETTER M
  • Box 9:
  • Miscellaneous - 1973-1977
  • Miscellaneous Senate and House Files and Resolutions
  • Missouri River - 1964-1970
  • Series 10: LETTER N
  • Box 9:
  • National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances - 1973-1974
  • Series 11: LETTER O
  • Box 9:
  • Oil recycling - 1974-1978
  • Open meetings - 1976-1978
  • Open meetings -- House File #2074
  • Series 12: LETTER P
  • Box 9:
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee - 1973-1975
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee, n.d.
  • Box 10:
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee -- Notebook - 1969-1970
    4 folders
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee -- Notebook - 1971-1972
    4 folders
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee -- Notebook - 1973
    4 folders
  • Penal and Correctional Systems Study Committee -- Notebook - 1974
    4 folders
  • Performance audit -- House File #246 - 1977-1978
  • Property tax study - 1976-1977
  • Property tax study - 1977
  • Box 11:
  • Puppy bill - 1974; 1978
  • Series 13: LETTER R
  • Box 11:
  • Reapportionment - 1968-1973
  • Reapportionment, n.d.
  • Republican newsletter - 1976-1977
  • Republican Roundtable kit - 1977
  • Retirement homes - 1978
  • Series 14: LETTER S
  • Box 11:
  • Senate Ethics Committee - 1974
  • Social worker licensing -- Senate File #373 - 1978
  • State Government Committee -- minutes - 1975-1978
  • Status and disposition of house and senate files and enrolled bills - 1975; 1977
  • Sub-committee assignments - 1974-1977
  • Sunset legislation - 1976-1977
  • Sunset legislation, n.d.
  • Series 15: LETTER T
  • Box 12:
  • Terra chemicals - 1972-1974
  • Series 16: LETTER V
  • Box 12:
  • Variance request -- Westwood Convalescent and Rest Home - 1977
  • Series 17: LETTER W
  • Box 12:
  • Ways and Means Committee - 1975-1977
  • Ways and Means Committee - 1977-1978
  • Wine sales legislation - 1973-1978
  • Woodbury County Community Action Program - 1973