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Finding Aid for the Douglas Raymond papers

May 4 Collection -- Box 7

Author: Gregg McCullough, February 2008; Updated December 2011.

Descriptive Rules: DACS


Origination: Raymond, Douglas


Inclusive Dates: 1969-1971

Bulk Dates: 1970


Extent: 0.16 cubic feet (1 letter slim document case)

Physical Location: 12th floor


Abstract: Douglas Raymond was head coach of men's track and field and cross country at Kent State University from 1960 to 1978. This collection of materials, dating from 1969 to 1971, contains primarily correspondence, written to or by Raymond, pertaining to the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970, as well as newspaper clippings about the event.


Biography: Douglas L. Raymond was born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts. He earned a B.S. in education from Boston University in 1938 and taught in Providence, Rhode Island, for two years before joining the Navy in 1940 and serving his country during World War II. He was a track and field coach at Boston University for 14 years before coming to Kent State University in 1960. When he came to Kent State, he was head coach for both track and field and cross country, but for the latter part of his tenure he was head coach for track and field. He was also assistant professor of health and physical education. He was honored as MAC coach of the year in 1975 and 1976 and cross country coach of the year 1974. Some of the athletes he coached went on to win many accolades, including second place in the NCAA indoor championship in 1973, championships in all 19 track and field events, 18 All-American athletes, and three of his athletes went on to compete on the 1972 United States Olympic team. He served as head coach and assistant professor during the time of the shootings at Kent State. He retired in 1978 after 32 years of coaching (18 at Kent State), after which he and his wife moved to Rhode Island. Raymond was inducted into the Ohio Track and Field Hall of Fame in May 1987.


Scope and Content: The Douglas Raymond papers contain correspondence, newsclippings, an essay, and a flyer pertaining to the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970.


Statement of Arrangement: The Douglas Raymond papers are arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically by date.


Preferred Citation: Douglas Raymond papers. May 4 Collection. Department of Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries and Media Services.

Related Materials: Sports and Information Records, Former Personnel Files, Box 49, Folder 50


Acquisition Information: This collection was transferred to Special Collections and Archives by Kent State University Alumni Affairs in May, 2002.


May 4 Collection -- Box 7

Folder -- Contents

1. Correspondence, May 1970
2. Correspondence, June 1970
3. Correspondence, July 1970
4. Correspondence, August 1970
5. Correspondence, September 1970
6. Correspondence, October 1970
7. Correspondence, November 1970
8. Correspondence, December 1970
9. Correspondence, January 1971
10. Essay, [no author indicated], "Anatomy of Student Unrest and Riots," undated
11. Flyer, "Do It!" student demands, undated
12. Newsclippings, 1969