Special Collections and Archives

KSU Administrative Offices, Papers, 1969-76

Kent State University Administrative Offices, Papers, 1968-77

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 127, 127A, 127B, 127C


Finding Aid

Prepared by Barbara Bass, March 15, 2000; Updated July 2011
3 record storage boxes, 1 document case, 3.33 cubic feet, 12th floor


Scope and Content

This collection contains an assortment of administrative papers created and received by various Kent State University departments and offices during the escalation of campus unrest, throughout the events of May 4th, and after the shootings. Included in these papers is an ample amount of correspondence and statements from the President's Office, particularly correspondence from parents of students, faculty, community members, and others conveying their concerns. Materials are added to this collection on a continual basis.

Related Materials

Researchers are urged to consult the papers of Kent State University presidents serving since 1970, in order to locate additional materials relevant to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The list of University Archives collections provides links to the finding aids for the papers of KSU presidents.


Box 127

Folder--Contents
  1. Advisory Board on External Communications, [speech by President White, questions and answers], May 22, 1970
  2. Article: "The Guardsman's View of the Kent State Tragedy" by William Barry Furlong from the New York Times Magazine, June 21, 1970
  3. Articles and clippings-miscellaneous 1970-75, [no date]
  4. Articles and related correspondence, 1971
  5. Board of Trustees, [special meeting, informal review], May-July 1970
  6. Buehrle Room Dedication Remarks [May 4 Resource Room, Kent State University Library], May 3, 1974
  7. Campus Order Project: Georgia State, 1972-1973
  8. Campus Radicalism: miscellaneous articles, pamphlets, 1969
  9. Commemorative Recognition, Commission on, proposal for Center for Peaceful Change, 1970
  10. Commencement, June 1970: Correspondence, notes, speech
  11. Comments on a Portion of the Portage County Special Grand Jury Report, by Harold Kitner, Dean for Faculty Counsel, November 6, 1970
  12. Commission on Campus Security, memos, minutes, 1970
  13. Commission on Campus Security, report, June 1970
  14. Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-Violence, minutes, reports, 1970-71
  15. Correspondence, 1969-70
  16. Correspondence, March-April 1971
  17. Correspondence, May 1-10, 1971
  18. Correspondence, May 11-20, 1971
  19. Correspondence, May 21-25, 1971, [no date]
  20. Correspondence, June-December 1971
  21. Correspondence, March-May 1972
  22. Correspondence, June-December 1972
  23. Correspondence, 1973
  24. Correspondence, January-April 1974
  25. Correspondence, May 1974
  26. Correspndence, June-December 1974
  27. Correspondence, 1975
  28. Correspondence, 1976, [no date]
  29. Correspondence, College of Business, [no date]
  30. Correspondence, Educational Polices Council, May 1970
  31. Correspondence, Provost, 1970-1971
  32. Correspondence, Registrars Office, May 1970
  33. Davies, Peter, Speech, May 4, 1974
  34. Davis, Paul, May-June 8, 1970
  35. Davis, Paul, June-November 1970
  36. Disruptions, correspondence, April 25-May 1970
  37. Disruptions, correspondence, June 1970
  38. Disruptions, correspondence, July 1970
  39. Disruptions, correspondence, August 1970
  40. Disruptions, correspondence, September-October 1970
  41. Disruptions, correspondence, Novemebr 1970-April 1971
  42. Disruptions on Campus, faculty and staff correspondence, May-June 1970
  43. Disruptions on Campus, friends correspondence, May-June 1970
  44. Disruptions on Campus, general correspondence, April-May 5, 1970
  45. Disruptions on Campus, general correspondence, May 21-30, 1970
  46. Disruptions on Campus, reports, 1969-70
  47. Disruptions on Campus, students and parents, May-July 1970
  48. Erickson, Carl E., correspondence to students, May 12, 1970

Box 127A

Folder--Contents
  1. Faculty Senate, correspondences of observers, 1971
  2. Faculty Senate, Grand Jury report analysis and correspondence, December 1970-January 1971
  3. Faculty Senate, proposal and correspondence, September-November 1970
  4. Faculty Senate, questionnaire and results, correspondence, July-August 1970
  5. Faculty Senate, resolutions, May 1970
  6. For Your Information (FYI) , Vol. 2 No. 29-33, May 1970
  7. For Your Information (FYI) , Vol. 2 No. 34-38, June-August, 1970
  8. Gordon, Bill: "Some Cases Are Better Left Unopened," May 30, 1973
  9. Grand Jury, correspondence concerning, October 1970
  10. Grand Jury, correspondence, Scranton Commission Report, November 1970
  11. Grand Jury, correspondence, December 1970-May 1971
  12. Guidelines for Faculty In Event of Class Disruption, policy, 1970
  13. House Bill 1219 on Campus Disturbances, correspondence, 1970
  14. House Bill 1219 on Campus Disturbances, correspondence, 1971
  15. Keane, Paul, correspondence, 1971-73
  16. Kent, Ohio, Mayor's Request for Troops, May 1970
  17. Kent State-Jackson State, Artists for Justice and correspondence, 1974
  18. Krause vs. Rhodes, et al, court appeal, May 1976
  19. KSU in Exile
  20. Letter to Kent State University Alumni from Alumni Assocation, May 27, 1970
  21. Libraries, Director of, correspondence on Commission on KSU Violence archive, April-May 1971
  22. Library: Grant Proposal to Create May 4th Collection in University Archives, Correspondence, 1979-1980
  23. Library: May 4th Display in Department of Special Collections, Correspondence, February 13, 1980
  24. Library: Statement Explaining the Holdings of the May 4th Collection, University Archives, June 11, 1979
  25. May 4th Memorial, correspondence, June 23, 1977
  26. May 4th Memorial Events, 1975, 1977
  27. May 4th Recognition Committee, planning stages, 1971
  28. May 4th Memorial Observance, correspondence, May 4, 1974
  29. Mitchell, John, Attorney General, correspondence, 1971-73
  30. Newspaper clippings, 1970
  31. Nixon, Richard, President, correspondence, 1970
  32. Office of Internal Communication, Statements and Correspondence, May-June 1970
  33. Official Bulletin, No. 1-4, May, 1970
  34. Official Bulletin, No. 5-8, June, 1970
  35. Official Bulletin, No. 9, July, 1970
  36. Official Bulletin, No. 10, August, 1970
  37. Olds, Glenn A., interview, May 3, 1973
  38. Olds, Glenn A., letter from John F. Seiberling, [no date]
  39. Olds, Glenn A., poem "Never Again," related correspondence and newsclipping, May 1972
  40. Olds, Glenn A., statement expressing concern over the escalation of the war in Southeast Asia, May 10, 1972
  41. Olds, Glenn A., statement on Grand Jury decision, November 8, 1974
  42. Olds, Glenn A., statement to the Kent State University community, April 27, 1972
  43. Peaceful Assembly, resolution, [no date]
  44. Petition-Federal Grand Jury, 1970-71
  45. Petition-Federal Grand Jury, 1972
  46. Petition: correspondence, 1972
  47. Petition: correspondence, 1973
  48. President's Commission on Campus Unrest, correspondence, articles, miscellaneous, 1970-71
  49. President's Commission on Campus Unrest, excerpts, May-September 1970
  50. President's Commission on Campus Unrest, excerpts, October 1970
  51. President's Commission on Campus Unrest-Federal, hearings, 1969-70

Box 127B

Folder--Contents
  1. President's Commission on Campus Unrest, Scranton Commission testimony, 1970
  2. President's Oral Report to the Board of Trustees, [partial transcription], October 29, 1970
  3. Report of the American Bar Association Commission on Campus Government and Student Dissent, [no date]
  4. Press Releases, Kent State University News Service, August 1970
  5. Response to Grand Jury Report, October 19, 1970
  6. Response to Grand Jury Report, [news release] October 19, 1970
  7. Restatement of University Policy, October 19, 1970
  8. Rubin, Jerry, correspondence concerning, 1970
  9. Scranton Commission, selected excerpts accompanied by a letter from President White, October 13, 1970
  10. Scranton Commission, selected excerpts accompanied by a letter from President White, October 13, 1970
  11. Security Department: report on campus security, June 1970
  12. Special Message to the University Community, May 3, 1970
  13. Staff Bulletin, June 1970
  14. Statement on recent campus disturbances, May 7, 1969
  15. Statement issued by Governor Rhodes, May 6, 1970
  16. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), Chronology, 1971 see also Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), Records, 1965-74
  17. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, June-September 1968
  18. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, March 31-April 17, 1969
  19. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 18-20, 1969
  20. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 21, 1969
  21. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 22, 1969
  22. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 23, 1969
  23. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 24-25, 1969
  24. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, April 26-30, 1969
  25. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), correspondence, May-June 1969
  26. Students for a Democratic Society (S.D.S.), Position paper, 1968
  27. Student Information Sheet, May 2, 1970
  28. A Survey of the Attitudes of College Students: report conducted by Louis Harris and Associates, Inc., June 1970
  29. Survey, "Public Thinking About Kent State University," May 1969
  30. Taylor, Stuart P., correspondence to students and questionnaire, May 26, 1970
  31. Transcript of press conference by President Robert White, May 5, 1970
  32. Transcript of press conference by President Robert White, May 20, 1970
  33. Trespass Regulation, statement, 1970
  34. United Methodist Church, correspondence, 1970-73
  35. United States Senate, correspondence, 1971-73
  36. United States Senate, "Kent State University, May 4, 1970, an appeal for justice" report, June 21, 1971
  37. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, correspondence, July 1970
  38. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, minutes, July 1970
  39. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, minutes, August 4-7, 1970
  40. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, minutes, August 10-26, 1970
  41. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, minutes, September 1970
  42. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, minutes, October 1970
  43. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence, report, 1970 see also Kegley Papers
  44. White, Robert I., miscellaneous papers, May 1970
  45. White, Robert I., speech prepared for the Ohio UPI Editors Fall Meeting, November 14, 1970
  46. White, Robert I., letter to parents regarding June 13 commencement, July 21, 1970

Box 127C-- Legal-size papers

Folder -- Contents
  1. Disruptions on Campus: petitions, May-June 1970
  2. Faculty Senate notes, July 6, 1970
  3. Grand Jury documents, 1970
  4. House Bill 1219 on Campus Disturbances, final draft, 1970
  5. Keane, Paul, correspondence, 1972
  6. Ohio Board of Regents Referee Hearing [Re: KSU, Edward Blount, February 26, 1971]
  7. Petition [correspondence, newsclippings and court document], 1970-71
  8. Petition [and related information]-Federal Grand Jury, 1973-74
  9. Scranton Commission, member list, June 13, 1970
  10. Temporary injunction [journal entry], May 7 and 13, 1970
  11. University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-violence: correspondence, May-June 1970