Annual May 4 Commemoration records, 1971-2010
May 4 Collection -- Boxes 117 and 117A
Prepared by Nancy Birk, October 20, 1995; Updated April 2015; Updated January 2016 by Rennie Greenfield
1 record storage box + 1 oversize box, 1.5 cubic feet, 12th floor
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials gathered by the University Archives that document the annual commemorations, including performances and events. Some material originates from the May 4th Task Force. Posters and other promotional material from the annual commemorations are also included. Material in Box 117 and Box 117A are arranged chronologically.
May 4 Collection -- Box 117
Folder -- Contents
Schedule of events and exhibits for first annual memorial observance, May 1-4, 1971
Position and policies paper regarding first annual memorial observance, 1971
Rough draft of speech by Julian Bond for first annual memorial observance, April 1971
- Ecumenical Memorial Service, outline and summary of service
5. Agendas and Events, 1978
6. University News Service Press Releases, April 1978
7. Open Letters and Statements, 1978
8. Correspondence, December 1977-August 1978
9. Clippings, January 1978-May 1978
10. Flyers and Leaflets, 1978
11. Photograph from Jim Lawless, May 1978
12. The Educational Consequences of the Tragedy, commemoration speech by Bruce Harkness, [former Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, final draft copy]
13. May 4 Scheduling Committee, Minutes, Correspondence, and Clippings 1980
14. Correspondence and programs, 1981
15. May 4th Memorial fact sheet, January 1989
16. News Release Statements, April 1991
17. News Release Statements, November 1994
18. Dance Alloy, May 4th Dance/Theatre Project, programs and announcements, April 29, 1995
19. The Serpent, programs for dramatic ceremony by Jean-Claude van Itallie, April 1995
20. Simple Gestures: A Commemorative Installation, promotional material, April 5-May 10, 1995
21. Kent State University: May, 1970, invitation to showing of interactive multimedia CD-ROM, May 1, 1995
22. The Legacy of May 4, 1970, announcement of television documentary showing, May 1, 1995
23. Legacies of Protest, May 4 Symposium, May 2-3, 1995
24. Kent State: A Requiem, announcements for performances, May 3, 1995
25. Finding a Common Ground: The Blanketing of Blanket Hill, audience instructions for participation, May 4, 1995
26. Peter, Paul and Mary, concert ticket stub, May 4, 1995
27. Proposal for CASE submission, Milestone 25th Anniversary of the Events of May 4, 1970
28. News Release Statements, April-May 1995
29. A Different Reunion, speech by Lee Kamps, May 1995
30. Kent State University Alumni Association, information card and staff memo about 25th Anniversary Commemoration, May 1995
31. Nightwalking: Voices from Kent State by Sandra Perlman, program and company member list, May 1995
32. Tragedy at Kent State, programs and clippings, May 1995
33. Preserving the May 4th Site: A Position Paper by Carole Barbato, June 1995
34. Sample Layout, May 4 Message and Information Board, [no date]
35. 25th Anniversary Commemoration programs and schedule of events
36. 26th Annual Commemoration, schedules of activities and events, May 3-4, 1996
37. Shakespeare After Words, commemoration performance announcement, April 24, 1996
38. Crosby, Stills and Nash, performance agreement for May 4, 1997
39. May 4th Task Force announcement concerning request for permanent closure of four parking spaces in Prentice Hall parking lot, May 3, 1998
40. Unification of the Generations, commemoration program announcement, April 1998
41. May 4 Commemoration events announcement, April 1999
42. Confrontation at Kent State, May 4th Task Force Annual Fall Forum announcement, November 18, 1999
43. Student markers dedication, Prentice Hall parking lot, September 8, 1999
44. Print and Broadcast Journalism alumni reunion, [memory book, clippings, notebooks], May 3-5, 2000
45. Hillel tag, "Flowers are better than bullets"
46. Song in Sorrow, Blossom Music Festival performance schedules
47. Press packet for 30th Commemoration, [2 packets]
48. Kent State: The Day the War came Home, promotional packet for documentary aired on The Learning Channel, May 5, 2000
49. May 4 Oral History Project, announcement of designated site for project contributions
50. The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society, first annual May 4 Symposium, registration posting and schedule, May 1-2, 2000
51. Remarks by Tom Grace at the Annual Commemoration, [Grace was wounded on May 4, 1970]
52. Media, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society, Information packets for Symposium on Democracy, April 11-12, 2001
53. 31st Annual May 4th Commemoration, announcements for The Cost of Freedom candlelight vigil and commemoration, May 2-4, 2001
54. Programs for Kent Wind Ensemble and Kent State University Chorale with Greg Banaszak, individual performances and excerpts from Opera Flies, March 22, 2001
55. East 79th Street, announcements for play sponsored by the May 4 Task Force, May 2, 2001
56. News story about Annual Commemoration, May 5, 2002
57. Memo from KSU president Carol Cartwright concerning May 4 observance safety, April 30, 2002
58. Letter from Staughton Lynd concerning "From Port Huron to Kent State" conference, May 2, 2002
59. Docent schedule from May 4 Resource Room, April 20-May 3, 2002
60. Democracy and Religion, third annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 20-30, 2002
61. May 4th Task Force meetings announcement and guide to May 4 sites, [2002?]
62. PEACE 1970-2003: Remembering Kent State & Jackson State, Annual Commemoration schedule of events, May 3-4, 2003
63. Democracy and Globalization, fourth annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 28-29, 2003
64. Democracy and Homeland Security, fifth annual Symposium on Democracy, registration and news clippings, April 2004
65. Sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, call for scholarly paper proposals
66. Democracy and the Arts: Voices and Choices, sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2005
67. 35th Annual Commemoration: "Tell Me Father, Did They Aim?", May 4th Task Force, Schedule of events, flyers, May 1-4, 2005
68. Irreconcilable Differences? Democratic Policy Deliberations in Science, Religion and Politics, seventh annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2006
69. 36th Annual May 4 Commemoration schedule of events, 2006
70. 37th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events and flyers, 2007
71. Speech Notes from Tom Hayden from the Symposium on Democracy, 2007
72. 38th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events, 2008
73. 10th Annual Symposium on Democarcy, Program Announcement, flyers, and schedule of events, 2009
74. John Filo - Commemoration Speech Notes for May 4 Task Force
75. Speech by Mark Rudd, 2010
76. Blanket Hill program, 2010
77. Events schedule and articles, 2010
May 4 Collection -- Box 117A--Commemoration Posters
Folder -- Contents
1. 1977: Speakers include Dick Gregory, William Kunstler, Ron Kovic, Tim Butz, Dave Engdahl, Chic Canfora, Dean Kahler and Alan Canfora.
2. 1978: Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, William Kunstler, Vernon Bellecourt, Abdul Alkalimat, Constance Slaughter, Clark Kissinger, Alan Canfora, Greg Rambo, Bill Arthrell, Jeter Pittman and Barbara Dane.
3. 1979: Speakers include William Kunstler, Constance Slaughter, Robby Stamps, Sanford Rosen, Tom Grace and John Bassette.
4. 1980: Speakers include Dave Dellinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Norma Becker, William Kunstler and Kwame Toure (Stokley Carmichael).
5. 1980: Ten Years Later; National Student Day.
6. 1980: Speakers include Bella Abzug, Norma Becker, David Dellinger, Rev. John Adams, Stokley Carmichael, William Kunstler, Robert Picket and Dr. Greg Wald.
7. 1981: Speakers include Rev. John Adams, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, and Joseph Rhodes Jr.
8. 1982: Speakers include Janice Fine, Paul Keane, Benson Wolman and Jerry M. Lewis.
9. 1983: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, Dean Kahler, Robbie Stamps, Dudley Weeks and Milo Hunter.
10. 1984: Speakers include Tom Grace, Jim Russell, Jane Fleiss, Dr. Tom Hensley, Rev. Bill Jacobs, Dave Boerner and Gerry Condon.
11. 1985: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Elaine Holstein, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Robert Stmps, Alan Canfora, Thomas Grace, Scott Mackenzie, James Russell, Douglas Wrentmore, Harry Ausprich and James Riggs.
12. 1986: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Chic Canfora-Knepp and Sheldon Liss.
13. 1987: Speakers include Julian Bond, Ian Taberner, Scott Norberg, Alan Canfora and Tom Grace.
14. 1988: Speakers include Louis Stokes, William Kunstler, Sanford Rosen, Alan Canfora, Tom Grace, Chic Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne and Dr. Sheldon Liss.
15. 1989: Speakers include Christina Baldwin, Carl Oglesby, Mark Rudd, Gene Young, Tom Grace and Dave Cline.
16. 1989: "Students in Action" 19th Annual Commemoration poster proof.
17. 1990: Speakers include Students wounded on May 4, Pat Humphries, Gene Young, Laurel Krause, Dave Kline, Ken Hammond, Wu'er Kaixi, Betty Kirschner, Holly Near, Curtis Pittman, Sanfored Rosen, William Kunstler.
18. 1991: Speakers include Ralph McGehee, Roseanne Canfora-Knepp, Tom Grace and Gene Young.
19. 1994: Speakers include Samantha Carver, William Kunstler, J. Gregory Payne, Gene Young and Jeffrey Powell.
20. 1995: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Paul Rogat Loeb, Mark Rudd, Stephanie Campbell, Barbara Agte, Steve Drucker, Lou Cusella, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Sanford Rosen, Roland Colom and Kermit Dilworth.
21. 1996: Speakers include Sherrod Brown, Bernadine Dohrn, Stanley Tolliver, Tom Grace, Perkins Pringle, Jen Gensch, Troy Gregorino and Arun Prabhakaran.
22. 1997: Speakers include James Bresky, Ron Kuby, Michael Novick, Tom Papp, Al Long, Chic Canfora, Mac Lojowsky, Wendy Semon and Carol Meyers.
23. 1998: Speakers include Gary Polvinale, Ron Kovic, Ruth Gibson, Steve Skovensky, Rochelle Gause, Troy Gregorino, Sarah Lund, Charlie Mosbrook, U Sam Oeur, Timothy Moore and Robbie Stamps.
24. 1999: Speakers include Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ley Ly Hayslip, Dr. Molly Merryman, Dr. Barnes Harden, Leverne Larkins, Kim Larson, Paul Edgar, Kathy Bizek and Doug Mackar.
25. 2000: Speakers include Gene Young, Gloria Green McKray, Demitrius Gibbs, Juliette Beck, Julia Butterfly Hill, Vernon Bellecourt, Ramona Africa and Noam Chomsky.
26. 2001: Speakers include Alison Wiener, Ben Pershy, Jim Mueller, Laura Haring, Tom Grace and a Representative from the Sinn Fein Party of North Ireland.
27. 2002: Speakers include Danielle Devore, Tom Callahan, Adria Crannell, Kelley Gorbett, Joseph Lewis, James Russell and Charlene Teters.
28. 2003: Speakers include Phil Arway, Seth Kujat, Billie Campbell, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Rosanne (Chic) Canfora, Carol Cartwright, Dr. Roland Mason Jr. and Jello Biafra.
29. 2004: Speakers include William Rivers Pitt, Holly Near, Dean Kahler, Gary Daniels, Mike Pacifico, Sam Harper, Dr. Carole Barbato, T. N. Bhargava, and Alan Canfora.
30. 2005: Speakers include Russell Miler, Barry Levine, Nancy Tuttle, Mike Alewitz, Dr. William Schultz (Amnesty International), Gene Young, Ken Hammond, Marc Lenci, and Chad Salamon.
31. 2006: Speakers include Medea Benjamin and Mary Ann Vecchio.
32. 2008:Speakers include Scott Ritter, Ron Kovic, Emily Kunstler, Dean Kahler and Joe Lewis.
33. Undated: "Rememberance."
34. Undated: Speakers include Dr. Thomas Hensley, Joe Lewis, Dean Kahler, Gene Young, William Kunstler, Sanford Lewis, Jan Scruggs and Jack Smith.