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D. Bruce Shine collection

Identifier: L1994-06

Scope and Contents of the Papers

The D. Bruce Shine Collection, 1966-1996, consists of files from Shine's office. The bulk consist of files for the cases Shine worked on for various individuals as well as labor unions. In addition, the collection includes political files as well as materials related to the Tennessee Arts Commission. Please see each Series scope note for more specific information.


  • Creation: 1966-1996


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use. Access to some items is restricted for 75 years from the date of creation.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Biography of D. Bruce Shine

D. Bruce Shine was born on August 11, 1938. He received his B. S. Degree from Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and his J. D. From Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. Shine later pursued further legal training in the School of Graduate Legal Studies at Columbia University. Shine is a member of the Kingsport, Tennessee law firm of Shine & Mason (formerly Ferguson & Shine), and has for many years served as the General Counsel for the United Textile Workers of America. He has also represented many other labor unions in Tennessee and nationally.

During the 1960s, Shine held a variety of positions in the political and diplomatic arenas, including: State,Field Secretary, Page, and Legislative Aide to U. S. Senator Estes Kefauver (D-TN) from 1952 to 1963; Legislative Assistant to U. S. Senator Ross Bass (D-TN), 1966; Aide to Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey, 1966-1968; Informational Staff, International Secretariat, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 1963; and Official Observer, NATO Parliamentarian Conference, Paris, France, 1963.

Shine has also served in a variety of other civic and educational positions. He was a Special Associate Professor at East Tennessee State University in 1973; a commissioner of the Tennessee Arts Commission, 1967-1974, holding the posts of Vice Chairman and later Chairman; President, Board of Directors, Kingsport Girls Club; National Director, Girls Clubs of America; Director, Kingsport Symphony Association; Trustee, Tusculum College; and Commissioner, Kingsport Public Library Commission. Shine also was a member of the Tennessee American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, the Finance Committee of the Estes Kefauver Memorial Foundation, and an officer of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kingsport.

In 1970, Shine was the Democratic nominee for the U. S. Congress from Tennessee's First Congressional District in an unsuccessful bid for that seat. In 1972, he was Tennessee's Democratic National Committeeman, and in June of the same year was elected to serve out the unfinished term of State Senator Herbert S. Walters. Shine made another try at elective office in 1976 when he campaigned to be the Democratic candidate in the U. S. Senate race. He withdrew from that campaign prior to the Democratic primary, however,and Jim Sasser subsequently won the Democratic nomination. In November of 1976, Sasser defeated the Republican incumbent, Bill Brock.

Shine died in 2021.


107.5 Linear Feet (in 86 boxes)

Language of Materials



D. Bruce Shine was a lawyer and political activist from Eastern Tennessee. He served as the general council for the United Textile Workers of America. The D. Bruce Shine Collection, 1966-1996, consists of files from Shine's office.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite. Allow at least 2 working days for retrieval.

Acquisition Note

Donated by D. Bruce Shine in 1988 (L1988-35) and 1994 (L1994-06).

Processing Information

Inventoried by Robert C. Dinwiddie, Anne L. Tilden, and Stephen C. Wishart. Edited by Lisa Vallen.

D. Bruce Shine:
A Guide to the Records at Georgia State University Library
Robert C. Dinwiddie, Anne L. Tilden, and Stephen C. Wishart. Edited by Lisa Vallen
April 1998
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Repository Details

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