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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Kienitz, Sidney, 1899 - 1975 Papers, 1888 - 1971

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Kienitz, Sidney, 1899 - 1975. Papers, 1888 - 1971.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1225

Kienitz, Sidney, 1899 - 1975. Papers, 1888 - 1971. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1225. 1/2 hollinger, .2 cubic feet.


This collection consists of item once belonging to Sidney Kienitz, of Good Thunder, Minnesota. Kienitz was the publisher of the Herald from 1946 - 1971, and a long time resident of the Good Thunder area. The collection contains items relating to the publishing of the Good Thunder Herald and to the history of Good Thunder. The collection contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and published and unpublished articles about Good Thunder.

Biographical Note:

Sidney Kienitz was born in Cambridge, Minnesota on October 2, 1899. He attended Hamline University in St. Paul, and Northwest College of Law in Minneapolis. Throughout his life, he engaged in various businesses across the United States. In 1946, Kienitz moved to Good Thunder, Minnesota, where he was publisher of the Good Thunder Herald until his retirement in 1971. Kienitz died in February 1975.

Scope and Content:

This collection is made up of items relating to the Good Thunder Herald and the history of Good Thunder, Minnesota. Included in the collection are photographs of Good Thunder, dated 1888 and undated, and a photograph of the Good Thunder Herald office, including the editor C. E. Young and Mrs. F. H. Griffin. Also included is a series of newspaper clippings from Minnesota newspapers relating to Good Thunder and its surrounding area. Historical articles about Good Thunder in this collection are "Historical sketch of Good Thunder", "First Impressions of Good Thunder", "In Search of My Forefathers", and "Good Thunder, Blue Earth County, Minnesota". A souvenir booklet entitled "Description of Good Thunder", featuring photographs of the city is also included.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Kienitz, Sidney, 1899 - 1975. Papers, 1888 - 1971. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1225, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Phoebe Rose Kienitz donated this collection in June 1976.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1977. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Sidney Kienitz available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Kienitz, Sidney, 1899 - 1975.
Good Thunder (Minn.)--History
Good Thunder Herald

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1225



“Description of Good Thunder”, undated



“Historical sketch of Good Thunder”, undated



Newspaper Clippings, undated and 1918 – 1970



Photo of Good Thunder Herald office, undated



Photo of Good Thunder, MN, 1888



Photos of Good Thunder, MN, undated



Two letters from Ron Meilicke about Good Thunder history
First Impressions of Good Thunder
In Search of My Forefathers
Photocopy of “Good Thunder, Blue Earth County, Minnesota“



Typescript items, undated