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Finding Aid of the Alan Kania Papers, 1986-1994

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2011

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Holly Allen-Petersen2011-07-12
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
CreatorKania, Alan
TitleAlan Kania Papers
Dates: 1986-1994
Dates: 1994
Size1 Record Carton: (26 x 42 x 33 cm); 1.09 cubic feet
Abstract:The collection contains material relating to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Campaign of November 1994. Alan Kania (D) ran against the incumbent Steve Zotos (R). Zotos won, but Kania raised some important issues. Most of the collection is composed of newspaper articles and statistics gathered by Kania, as well as press releases and other ephemera of a political campaign.
Collection Number1997.002
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content

Collection contains documentation collected by Alan Kania on crime in Colorado and Douglas County. Kania had collected the materials as part of his Democratic bid for Douglas County Sheriff against incumbent Republican Steve Zotos in 1994. The collection includes newspaper articles, Colorado publications on crime statistics, Douglas County specific information including annual financial reports and background on specific Douglas County crime incidents. It also includes documents relating to Kania's campaign, including financial information, campaign literature and speech notes. Photos in the collection include examples of Neo-Nazi graffiti in Parker, taken in the summer of 1994. Zotos won the campaign, but Kania raised some important issues within the county.

Kania's main issues appear to have been motor vehicle-related, youth activities and problems, crime in genera, and specifically hate crimes. There is also information about the "Sedalia Grill Incident." The "Sedalia Grill Incident" refers to an altercation at the Sedalia Grill Restaurant and Bar on Highway 86. Five Drug Enforcement Agency Agents drank 11 pitchers of beer and 14 shots of hard liquor, threatened the staff and owner of the restaurant, made a mess in the restaurant, and then drove off. The owner of the Grill called the Sheriff's office, who pulled the agents over, but failed to administer a sobriety test to the agents who claimed they were on "surveillance." The District Attorney cleared all but one of the men of any wrong doing, and the agents were suspended by the DEA. Kania used this as one of the rallying points of the campaign.

The collection also contains many of Kania’s research notes and reference notes for speeches. One reason why the collection may be interesting is that it is one of the few documentations of an entire campaign that Local History owns.

Access Terms

Crime Statistics - Douglas County - Colorado
Douglas County Sheriff’s Department
Douglas County, Colorado
Drug Enforcement Agency
Elections - Sheriff - Douglas County - Colorado
Gallagher, Robert
Gangs - Douglas County - Colorado
Graffiti - Douglas County - Colorado
Hate Crimes - Douglas County - Colorado
Highlands Ranch - Douglas County, Colorado
Kania for Sheriff
Kania, Alan
Political Candidates - Douglas County - Colorado
Sedalia Grill
Sheriff’s Department - Douglas County - Colorado
The Pinery - Douglas County, Colorado
Traffic Problems - Douglas County - Colorado
Youth - Douglas County - Colorado
Zotos, Steve


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with the permission of the Center's staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alan Kania Papers, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Alan Kania in 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by Shaun Boyd, January 1999.

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