Special Collections and Archives

LeRoy Satrom papers

Finding Aid for the LeRoy Satrom papers

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 8, 9, 10

Author: Amanda Remster, December 2007; Updated December 2011.

Descriptive Rules: DACS


Origination: Satrom, LeRoy


Inclusive Dates: 1955-1976

Bulk Dates: 1970-1972


Extent: 2.75 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes + 1 oversized box)

Physical Location: 12th floor


Abstract: The bulk of the LeRoy Satrom papers relates to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath during Satrom's term as mayor of Kent, Ohio from 1970-1972.


Biography: Born in North Dakota, LeRoy Satrom graduated from Case Institute of Technology, afterwards beginning a lifelong career of public service in Portage County, Ohio. After serving as deputy county engineer, Ravenna and Kent city engineer, consulting engineer, and a member of Kent City Council throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Satrom was elected Kent's first full-time mayor in 1969. Beginning his mayoral term in January 1970, Satrom was placed under national scrutiny five months later due to the Kent State Shootings of May 4, 1970. As mayor, LeRoy Satrom possessed the only authorization to request that Governor James A. Rhodes send the Ohio National Guard to Kent.

In 1972, Satrom won the position of Portage County Engineer, of which he served for four terms. After his retirement, he remained an active member of the Portage County Democratic Party, as well as the Kent community. Satrom died in 2004 at the age of 85.


Scope and Content: The LeRoy Satrom papers include correspondence, documents, speeches, notes, photographs, newsclippings, periodicals, and audio material. Inclusive dates fall between 1955 and 1976. Although the collection highlights many aspects of Satrom's career as engineer, mayor, and Kent citizen, the bulk of these materials focus on the events of May 4, 1970, and their aftermath.


Statement of Arrangement:


Preferred Citation: LeRoy Satrom papers. Department of Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries and Media Services.


Acquisition Information: LeRoy Satrom donated this collection to Special Collections and Archives on June 8, 2004.

Technical Requirements: Audio materials recorded on audio reel-to-reel, cassette tape, and eight-track tape formats.


Box 8

Series 1: Correspondence, 1955-1972

Folder -- Contents

  1. To LeRoy Satrom [Not Regarding Kent State Shootings], 1955-1972
  2. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 1-5, 1970
  3. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 6-10, 1970
  4. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 11-15, 1970
  5. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 16-20, 1970
  6. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 21-25, 1970
  7. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 26-31, 1970
  8. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, June, 1970
  9. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, July-August, 1970
  10. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, September-December, 1970
  11. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, January-December, 1971
  12. To LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, January-December, 1972
  13. Postcards to LeRoy Satrom Regarding Kent State Shootings, May 5-June 9, 1970 [in small negative storage box]
  14. Correspondence from LeRoy Satrom, 1969-1972

Series 2: Kent City Elections, 1961-1976

  1. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1961
  2. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1963
  3. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1964
  4. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1965
  5. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1968
  6. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1969
  7. Receipts, Expenditures, and Accounts of Satrom for Mayor Committee, 1969-1971
  8. Kent Elections, Miscellaneous, 1976


Series 3: Proclamations, Speeches, Drafts, Notes, 1969-1972

  1. Proclamation of Heart Month by LeRoy Satrom, February 5, 1970
  2. Proclamation of Civil Emergency by LeRoy Satrom, May 2, 1970
  3. Official Statement to the Citizens of Kent by LeRoy Satrom, May 8, 1970
  4. Statement on Kent State University Dormitory Search, May 13, 1970
  5. Unidentified Speech Regarding University and City Relations, July 27, 1970
  6. Proclamation of Resignation of Robert I. White, February 19, 1971
  7. Draft of Speech Regarding Reopening of Kent State University, [no date]
  8. Draft of Speech Regarding Food Stamps, [no date]
  9. Draft of Speech Regarding University and City Security, [no date]
  10. Welcome Letter by LeRoy Satrom, [no date]
  11. Personal Notes of LeRoy Satrom, 1969
  12. Personal Notes of LeRoy Satrom, 1970
  13. Personal Notes of LeRoy Satrom, 1971
  14. Personal Notes of LeRoy Satrom, 1972
  15. Personal Notes of LeRoy Satrom, [no dates]
  16. Office Messages and Memos to LeRoy Satrom, 1970-1972
  17. Miscellaneous Mayoral Documents of LeRoy Satrom, 1969-1972
  18. Miscellaneous Personal Documents of LeRoy Satrom, 1957-1970

Series 4: Documents Regarding Kent State Shootings and Emergency Response, 1969-1972

Subseries 1: Demands, Petitions, Recommendations to LeRoy Satrom, 1970-1971

  1. From the Executive Committee of the Kent Area Chamber of Congress, May 7, 1970
  2. From Hiram College, May 9, 1970
  3. From the City of Kent, May 13, 1970
  4. From the Committee of Kent State Massacre Witnesses, May 13, 1970
  5. From the Student Senate of State Community College of East St. Louis, Illinois, May 22, 1970
  6. From The Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, May 23, 1970
  7. From "Citizens of Kent," May 26, 1970
  8. From Miscellaneous Citizens, May 14-26, 1970
  9. From "Group of Undergraduate Students," June 15, 1970
  10. From the City-University Liason Committee, June 18, 1970
  11. From Group at Twin Lakes Country Club, July 25, 1970
  12. From Committee for Non-Violence, May - September, 1970
  13. From the Kent State University Community Relations Committee, 1970-1971

Series 4: Documents Regarding Kent State Shootings and Emergency Response, 1969-1972

Subseries 2: Documents Regarding City and University Emergency Response, 1969-1972

  1. Ohio Appendix of Guidance to Civil Authorities, August 15, 1969
  2. Kent State University Personnel Cleared for Access during Curfew, May 2, 1970
  3. Kent State University Interdepartmental Correspondence, May 2, 1970
  4. Ohio National Guard Authorization Forms, May 4, 1970
  5. Kent State University On Duty in Academic Division, May 5, 1970
  6. Guideline for Disorders and Disruptions, May 25, 1970
  7. Kent State University Emergency Procedure, August 1, 1970
  8. Obtaining Aerial Type Trucks in Case of Emergency, September 25, 1970
  9. Area Fire Departments, September 25, 1970
  10. Amended Guideline for Disorders and Disruptions, October 9, 1970
  11. Kent State University Procedures for Emergency and Evacuation, October 15, 1970
  12. Kent State University Procedures for Disorders and Disruptions, October 22, 1970
  13. Last Enacted Section Concerning Campus Riots, November 4, 1970
  14. Revised Kent State University Procedures for Emergency and Evacuation, March 26, 1971
  15. Provisions for a State of Emergency, Emergency Passes, and Regulations, April 29, 1971
  16. Correspondence from Kent Public Schools, April 30, 1971
  17. Guidelines for Civil Disturbance Control, February 16, 1972
  18. Amended House Bill and Correspondence from John Gilligan, February 23, 1972
  19. University Governance and Guidelines, May 10, 1972
  20. Contact Information of Kent Employees, Police, and University Administration, 1970-1972
  21. "White Book," Kent State University Emergency Handbook, [no date]
  22. Emergency Identification Cards, [no dates]
  23. Personnel Assignments in Civil Emergency, [no date]
  24. Crimes and Criminal Procedure: Riots, [no date]
  25. Miscellaneous Ohio Statutes and Jurisdiction, [no dates]

Series 4: Documents Regarding Kent State Shootings and Emergency Response, 1969-1972

Subseries 3: Documents Regarding Law Enforcement Reports and Procedures, 1970-1972

  1. Information Digest Regarding Seattle Liberation Front, May 2, 1970
  2. Special Police Officers Sworn in by LeRoy Satrom, May 4, 1970
  3. Kent Police Department Memos, May 12, 1970
  4. Parole Officer's Field Report, May 13, 1970
  5. Unidentified Police Report, July 24, 1970
  6. Court Orders and Instructions Regarding Special Grand Jury, September 14, 1970
  7. Kent Arms and Ammunitions Reports, September 29, 1970
  8. Report of Jenkins vs. Averett, September 29, 1970
  9. Kent City Fire Department Memo, October 1, 1970
  10. Intelligence Unit Report per State Arson Bureau, October 2, 1970
  11. Cincinnati Postal Department Notice, October 24, 1970
  12. Consumer Frauds and Crimes Bulletin, November 1970
  13. Report of 1971 Spring Action Calendar, February 10, 1971
  14. Portage County Sheriff Memo, February 18, 1971
  15. Ohio State Highway Patrol, Summit, Portage Police Departments Meeting Agenda, April 8, 1971
  16. Reports from James Bruss on Student Activities and Rallies, April 26-28, 1971
  17. Subject File: Kent Ministerial Society Regarding Kent Police Brutality Statements on May 17-22, 1971
  18. Memorandum and Correspondence, Kent City Police Chief and Department, March 25-June 4, 1971
  19. Kent, Stow, Ravenna Police Departments Intelligence Meeting Notes, September-November, 1971
  20. Bowling Green Police Report, May 10, 1972
  21. Kent Police Department Daily Patrol, Phone, and Radio Log, June 2-4, 1972
  22. Auxiliary Kent Police Sworn in by LeRoy Satrom, June 26, 1972

Series 4: Documents Regarding Kent State Shootings and Emergency Response, 1969-1972

Subseries 4: Documents Regarding Kent State University, 1970-1972

  1. Kent State University Campus Map with Notations, February 18, 1970
  2. Grade Option Form for Kent State University Graduate Candidates, May 15, 1970
  3. Kent State University Community Relations Survey, June 5, 1970
  4. Kent State University Spring Commencement Program, June 13, 1970
  5. Kent State University Enrollment Statistics, September 25, 1970
  6. Subject File: Think Week 1970, September 28-October 3, 1970
  7. Extraordinary Expenses Incurred Relative to the May Disturbance, October 15, 1970
  8. The Kent State Tragedy: The President's Commission on Campus Unrest, October, 1970
  9. Program and Agendas for Memorial to the Slain Students of Kent State University, May 1-4, 1971
  10. Kent State University Federation of Teachers, Statement of Concerns, November 1, 1971
  11. Kent State University Annual Report: 1971-1972, December 22, 1972
  12. Correspondence and Memorandum from Kent State University, 1970-1972
  13. Questionnaire Concerning Events of May 1-4, 1970, [no date]
  14. Kent State University Information Regarding Student Funds, [no date]


Series 5: Photographs, 1955-1972

  1. Thomas Satrom and Unidentified Boy, November 7, 1950
  2. LeRoy Satrom and W. L. Havens, December 1954
  3. Kent Rotary Club, 1959
  4. LeRoy Satrom and Unidentified Group, April 26, 1969
  5. Photographs of LeRoy Satrom for Campaign Advertisements, 1969
  6. Albert Caris and LeRoy Satrom, January 1970
  7. LeRoy Satrom, Bob Defluiter, and Tony Filomena, February 6, 1970
  8. Robert White and LeRoy Satrom, March 1970
  9. Robert White and LeRoy and Grace Satrom, March 1970
  10. John Davis, Grace Satrom, Fanyerose Cullinan, and Marcus Roberto, March 1970
  11. LeRoy Satrom, Armondo Giovangnoli, Fred Miller, and Paul Hershey, March 1970
  12. Ed Ross and LeRoy Satrom, April 3, 1970
  13. Headshot of LeRoy Satrom, April 2, 1971
  14. LeRoy and Grace Satrom with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nash, December 14, 1972
  15. LeRoy Satrom and John Thomas, December 16, 1972
  16. Glen White, LeRoy Satrom, and Unidentified Man, December 1972
  17. Grace Satrom, [no date]
  18. Wedding Photographs of LeRoy and Grace Satrom, [no date]
  19. LeRoy Satrom and Unidentified Man in Kent Street Department Truck, [no date]
  20. Headshots of LeRoy Satrom, [no dates]
  21. Family Portrait: James, Robert, Thomas, Grace, and LeRoy Satrom, [no date]
  22. LeRoy and Grace Satrom and Unidentified Couple, [no date]
  23. Grace and LeRoy Satrom and Unidentified Couple, [no date]
  24. LeRoy Satrom and Unidentified Men with "Case Alumni" Buttons, [no date]
  25. Grace Satrom and Unidentified Women, [no date]
  26. Unidentified Man with Political Signs, [no dates]
  27. Unidentified Man in front of Capital Building, [no date]
  28. Unidentified Man, [no date]
  29. Unidentified Man and Children, [no date]

May 4 Collection -- Box 9

Series 6: Newsclippings, 1969-1973

Folder -- Contents

  1. Newsclippings: January to June, 1969
  2. Newsclippings: July to December, 1969
  3. Newsclippings: January, 1970
  4. Newsclippings: February, 1970
  5. Newsclippings: March, 1970
  6. Newsclippings: April, 1970
  7. Newsclippings: May 1-10, 1970
  8. Newsclippings: May 11-20, 1970
  9. Newsclippings: May 21-30, 1970
  10. Newsclippings: June, 1970
  11. Newsclippings: July, 1970
  12. Newsclippings: August, 1970
  13. Newsclippings: September, 1970
  14. Newsclippings: October, 1970
  15. Newsclippings: November, 1970
  16. Newsclippings: December, 1970
  17. Newsclippings: January, 1971
  18. Newsclippings: February, 1971
  19. Newsclippings: March, 1971
  20. Newsclippings: April, 1971
  21. Newsclippings: May, 1971
  22. Newsclippings: June, 1971
  23. Newsclippings: July, 1971
  24. Newsclippings: August, 1971
  25. Newsclippings: September, 1971
  26. Newsclippings: October, 1971
  27. Newsclippings: November, 1971
  28. Newsclippings: December, 1971
  29. Newsclippings: January, 1972
  30. Newsclippings: February, 1972
  31. Newsclippings: March, 1972
  32. Newsclippings: April, 1972
  33. Newsclippings: May, 1972
  34. Newsclippings: June, 1972
  35. Newsclippings: July, 1972
  36. Newsclippings: August, 1972
  37. Newsclippings: September, 1972
  38. Newsclippings: October, 1972
  39. Newsclippings: November, 1972
  40. Newsclippings: December, 1972
  41. Newsclippings: 1973
  42. Newsclippings: [no dates]


Series 7: Flyers, Newsletters, Pamphlets, Periodicals, 1957-1974

  1. Flyers, Miscellaneous, 1970-1972
  2. Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1957-1972
  3. Pamphlets, Miscellaneous, 1970-1971
  4. American Opinion, 1974
  5. For Your Information, Kent State University, 1970-1971
  6. Kent Strike Paper, 1970
  7. Newsweek, 1970
  8. Official Bulletin, Kent State University, 1970
  9. The Reader's Digest, 1971
  10. Strike Paper, 1970
  11. Time, 1970
  12. U. S. News and World Report, 1971


Series 8: Audio Materials, 1970-1972

  1. Cassette Tape: Civil Service, [no date]

[Please note: Eight-Track tapes are very fragile and cannot be played until transferred to digital format.]

  1. Eight-Track Tape: State of the City, December 29, 1970
  2. Eight-Track Tape: Press Conference, June, 1971
  3. Eight-Track Tape: Press Conference: State of the City, December 29, 1971
  4. Eight-Track Tape: Press Conference, December, 1972

May 4 Collection -- Box 10

Series 9: Oversized Periodicals

Folder -- Contents

  1. Akron Beacon Journal, 1970-1976
  2. American Report, 1971
  3. Christian Science Monitor, 1971
  4. Daily Kent Stater, 1970-1976
  5. Kent, Kent State University, 1968-1972
  6. Record-Courier, 1970-1976
  7. SDS: New Left Notes, [no dates]