Special Collections and Archives

Craig Blazinski, Papers, 1977-80

Craig Blazinski, Papers, 1977-80

MAY 4 COLLECTION -- Box 56


Finding Aid

Prepared by Scott L. Bills, July 2, 1980. Updated by Penny White, June 2013.

.33 cubic feet (1 manuscript box and 1 oversize folder)

Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content

Mr. Craig Blazinski donated his papers to the Kent State University Archives on April 26, 1980.

As a Kent State student, Mr. Blazinski has been prominent in May 4 activities from 1977-80. He served as Chairperson of the May 4th Task Force for two consecutive years (1977-78) and represented the Task Force on a special observance committee that KSU President Brage Golding created in early 1978. Mr. Blazinski coordinated the Task Force's commemorative program of May 4, 1977, which featured, among others, Dean Kahler, Roseanne "Chic" Canfora, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, and attorney William Kunstler. Although the resignations of Mr. Blazinski and several others from the May 4th Task Force in April 1979 created a brief crisis for the organization, he continued to be active in May 4 matters and played a role in the tenth anniversary commemoration of May 1980.

The papers in this collection have been arranged topically into four sections, reflecting primarily Mr. Blazinski's participation in three major groups: the May 4th Coalition, the May 4th Observance Committee, and the May 4th Task Force. Miscellaneous items have been placed in the last category. Included in the latter are a number of leaflets and flyers which have been arranged alphabetically by the issuing organization. Leaflets of unknown origin have been listed under "source unidentified." Folder thirty-four may be found in the horizontal file (hf).

The materials in this collection describe the manner in which May 4 commemorations and related activities have been undertaken on the Kent campus. Folder nine, for example, contains correspondence with the official charge of the May 4th Observance Committee. In fact, the Task Force refused to appoint representatives to the group at that time. Only months later did it choose to appoint two of its members to sit on the committee.

In addition to three folders of Mr. Blazinski's correspondence as a Task Force spokesperson, there are membership and meeting attendance lists which might prove of interest to researchers. There is also a draft letter labeled "Minority Report" which was written by Mr. Blazinski and others, who, charging excessive politicization of organization activities and decision-making, resigned from the Task Force in the spring of 1979. Folder thirty-four contains a series of posters that could be useful for display purposes. Many of the leaflets and flyers found within the fourth section of the inventory were issued by groups active during the gym controversy and other points of contention in the fall of 1977. Used with reference to similar materials in related collections, the Blazinski papers will be useful in describing and analyzing student political activity at Kent State University and noting the long-term impact of the events of 1970.

Mr. Blazinski has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights that he possesses in these materials.


MAY 4 COALITION

Folder -- Contents

  1. Leaflets/Flyers: 1977-78
  2. Newspaper Clippings, Kent Weekly!: August 11, 1977; August 25, 1977
  3. Court Order, Temporary Restraining Order, Case n. 77 CV0885, filed July 11, 1977
  4. Photograph, KSU police in riot dress: undated. Photo by Kevin Lyons (av)
  5. Photographs, bulldozers at gym annex construction site: [September?], 1977. Photo by Kevin Lyons (av)
  6. Arm Band, "Support the 8 Demands!"
  7. Arm Band, "Move the Gym!"
  8. Miscellaneous items, change of address to "Tentropolis"; identification card for Sergeant John Peach, KSU police

MAY 4 OBSERVANCE COMMITTEE

  1. Correspondence: October 1977-May 1979. Note: Includes Golding to Tyler letter, march 28, 1978, containing official committee charge
  2. Membership list: 1978-79
  3. Agendas: 1979
  4. Minutes: January 23, 1979; January 30, 1979; February 6, 1979; February 14, 1979; April 9, 1979; April 16, 1979; April 23, 1979
  5. Meeting notes, handwritten: February 14, 1979
  6. Basi Report, May 4th Commemoration Committee: January 19, 1978
  7. Miscellaneous, handwritten commentary "Scapegoat Committee:" undated

MAY 4 TASK FORCE

  1. Correspondence, 1977
  2. Correspondence, 1978
  3. Correspondence, 1979
  4. Telegrams/Mailgrams
  5. Financial Records, allocation notification, allocation receipts: 1977-79
  6. Scheduling materials: 1976-78
  7. Membership lists: [1978-79?]
  8. Questionnaires
  9. Leaflets/Flyers: 1977-78
  10. Petition blank: [1978?]
  11. Parade permits: 1977, 78
  12. Press releases: October 20, 1977; [February?] 1978
  13. Agendas: 1977-78. NOTE: The agendas are handwritten and many are undated
  14. Attendance lists, meetings: February 8, 1978 and undated
  15. Program notes: May 4, 1978 .NOTE: The documents are handwritten and include draft remarks for opening the commemorative program
  16. Minority paper: April 1979. NOTE: This was the statement drafted by May 4th Task Force members Craig Blazinski, Maire Dugan, Michael Soroham, and Sarah Wilkins to explain their joint resignation from the Task Force
  17. Miscellaneous items. NOTE: includes handwritten notes; scheduling cards; photocopy of page from Time magazine, May 18, 1970
  18. Printed matter: memorial booklets from 1974, 76, 77
  19. Posters: 1976-80 (shelved in 12th floor map case)

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Correspondence, Fay Biles to Scott Marburger: January 26, 1977
  2. Leaflets/Flyers, Kent State Faculty, letter to students: May 4, 1978
  3. Leaflets/Flyers, May 4 Ad Hoc Strike Committee: 1976-77
  4. Leaflets/Flyers, Portage County Committee for Free Speech and Free Assembly: 1977
  5. Leaflets/Flyers, Reader's Theatre, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. NOTE: includes materials from the presentation of the play "Kent State: A Wake," 1978. a retitled "Kent State: A Requiem" was presented on campus in May 1980 and a brochure from that evening is also included
  6. Leaflets/Flyers, Student Government: 1977
  7. Leaflets/Flyers, Students Maintaining and Advocating Cooperation and Constructiveness at Kent: 1978
  8. Leaflets/Flyers, Young Socialist Alliance: 1977
  9. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, anti-Coalition leaflets: 1977
  10. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Brage and the Bureaucrats": undated
  11. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, May 4th leaflets: 1978 and undated
  12. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Special Memo": 1977
  13. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Students for No Rights": 1977
  14. Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "This Isn't a May 4 Coalition Leaflet, But ...": 1977. NOTE: the meeting that followed the issuance of this leaflet resulted in the founding of the Blanket Hill Council
  15. Press release, "Committee to Defend Student Rights": 1978
  16. "Overview of Plaintiff's Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals Case": 1977
  17. Critical analysis of James Michener's Kent State: What Happened and Why: undated
  18. Photocopy of brochure for "Conference on Policies and Methods in Dealing with Civil Disorder," to be held October 22-25, 1978, Aurora, Ohio. The conference was canceled.
  19. Photographic reproduction, central campus: December 12, 1978
  20. Leaflet/Flyers, "How Much do you Know About May 4th 1970?": 1979

23 -- Questionnaires

24 -- Leaflets/Flyers: 1977-78

25 -- Petition blank: [1978?]

26 -- Parade permits: 1977, 78

27 -- Press releases: October 20, 1977; [February?] 1978

28 -- Agendas: 1977-78. NOTE: The agendas are handwritten and many are undated

29 -- Attendance lists, meetings: February 8, 1978 and undated

30 -- Program notes: May 4, 1978 .NOTE: The documents are handwritten and include draft remarks for opening the commemorative program

31 -- Minority paper: April 1979. NOTE: This was the statement drafted by May 4th Task Force members Craig Blazinski, Maire Dugan, Michael Soroham, and Sarah Wilkins to explain their joint resignation from the Task Force

32 -- Miscellaneous items. NOTE: includes handwritten notes; scheduling cards; photocopy of page from Time magazine, May 18, 1970

33 -- Printed matter: memorial booklets from 1974, 76, 77

34 -- Posters: 1976-80 (hf)

MISCELLANEOUS

35 -- Correspondence, Fay Biles to Scott Marburger: January 26, 1977

36 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Kent State Faculty, letter to students: May 4, 1978

37 -- Leaflets/Flyers, May 4 Ad Hoc Strike Committee: 1976-77

38 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Portage County Committee for Free Speech and Free Assembly: 1977

39 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Reader's Theatre, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. NOTE: includes materials from the presentation of the play "Kent State: A Wake," 1978. a retitled "Kent State: A Requiem" was presented on campus in May 1980 and a brochure from that evening is also included

40 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Student Government: 1977

41 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Students Maintaining and Advocating Cooperation and Constructiveness at Kent: 1978

42 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Young Socialist Alliance: 1977

43 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, anti-Coalition leaflets: 1977

44 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Brage and the Bureaucrats": undated

45 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, May 4th leaflets: 1978 and undated

46 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Special Memo": 1977

47 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Students for No Rights": 1977

48 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "This Isn't a May 4 Coalition Leaflet, But ...": 1977. NOTE: the meeting that followed the issuance of this leaflet resulted in the founding of the Blanket Hill Council

49 -- Press release, "Committee to Defend Student Rights": 1978

50 -- "Overview of Plaintiff's Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals Case": 1977

51 -- Critical analysis of James Michener's Kent State: What Happened and Why: undated

52 -- Photocopy of brochure for "Conference on Policies and Methods in Dealing with Civil Disorder," to be held October 22-25, 1978, Aurora, Ohio. The conference was canceled.

53 -- Photographic reproduction, central campus: December 12, 1978

54 -- Leaflet/Flyers, "How Much do you Know About May 4th 1970?": 1979