Linda Lyke, Papers, 1970
May 4 Collection -- Box 61
Prepared by Scott L. Bills, 27 August 1980; Prepared for the Web by Erica Lilly, February 1997
1 slim document case, .16 cubic foot, 12th floor
Scope and Content
Through J. Gregory Payne, Linda Lyke donated these materials to the
Kent State University Archives on May 5, 1980.
Linda Lyke was a faculty member in the School of Art in 1970 and
assembled the correspondence in this collection as part of a display by
student government for the fall quarter 1970. Although many letters and telegrams were received
by various offices of the University in the days following the shootings
of May 4, this particular correspondence was routed to the student
government. Ms. Lyke in turn mounted the items on seven posterboards.
After the materials had been viewed during the fall quarter of 1970, she
retained the correspondence for ten years, unsure of the appropriate
repository. Through the efforts of Dr. J. Gregory Payne, the materials
were returned to Kent State University. Linda Lyke is currently Professor of Art at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
After the materials arrived in the University Archives, they were
removed from the posterboards and placed in seven folders. In order to
observe provenance, a chart was made for each board, showing the
original order of the documents. The charts can be found as the first
item in each folder. Since many of the mounted documents retained
adhesive, sheets of acid-free paper were placed between each item within
the folders. Photocopies have been included for the newspaper clippings.
Used in conjunction with similar materials appearing in other parts
of the May 4th Collection, this correspondence will be useful in
measuring the public reaction to the events at Kent State in May 1970.
Such correspondence demonstrates that the upheaval in Northeastern Ohio
achieved worldwide attention and inspired commentary from all elements
of the political spectrum
Linda Lyke has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives
whatever property and literary rights she possesses in these materials.