1 linear ft (1 container and 1 oversize item).
Collection includes court documents from cases preceding and following the staging of the Wadena Rock Festival that occurred July 31st-August 2nd, 1970; correspondence and corporate documentation re: the Wadena Development Company and Sound Storm Enterprises, Inc.; newspaper clippings about the event; some snapshots of the festival grounds during and after the event (including some related to narcotics offenses) and a cookout with Sound Storm Enterprises personnel; and a reproduction of the poster prepared for the Galena festival.
Daniel P. Ernst--a Dubuque, Iowa attorney--was involved in legal proceedings related to the Wadena Rock Festival ("Galena at Wadena") that was held from July 31st through August 2nd, 1970 near Wadena (Fayette Co.), Iowa. After an injunction barred the music event from its original location at Galena, Illinois, Ernst and several colleagues--including Victor Sprengelmeyer who had represented defendants in the Galena court case--initiated efforts to secure a piece of farmland on the Volga River near Wadena where the festival could be staged. When Iowa Attorney General Richard Turner obtained a Supreme Court Order to stop the Wadena event Ernst and his partners in the Dubuque firm of Klauer, Stapleton, Ernst, Sprengelmeyer & Schrup represented Sound Storm Enterprises, Inc--the event promoter--in court actions to overturn the injunction and clear other legal impediments. Although the rock festival ultimately proceeded as planned near Wadena, related court cases lingered over the following few years.
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Daniel Ernst collection on the Wadena Rock Festival, 1970-1974, Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.
Materials entirely in English.