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E. Kevin Kelly Papers

Identifier: MsC0393

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Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1964-1978


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Biographical / Historical

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.


4.83 Linear Feet (12 containers)

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Iowa state legislator. Correspondence and subject files document his career as a state representative and senator. He was especially interested in criminal justice.

Method of Acquisition

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

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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