Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Memorabilia/Artifacts, 1970-[ongoing]

May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

May 4 Collection--Boxes 124, 124A, and 124B

Inventory

Prepared by Sterling V. Fleischer, September 9, 1997; updated January 2012 by Penny White
1 document case, 2 record storage boxes, 3 cubic feet, 12th floor


Scope and Content

This collection contains memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to the shootings which occured on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University.  It contains items which commemorate the four dead and nine wounded, in addition to artifacts that may have been used during the May 4th events, commemorations, and the 1977 gym annex protest.


May 4 Collection -- Box 124

Folder -- Contents
  1. Button: "Kent 25," 1970
  2. Button: "Remember Kent State," 1990
  3. Button: "We Remember These Our Own," 1993 (3 Buttons)
  4. Button: "Peace Against Guns," 1994
  5. Button: "In the Footsteps of History," 1995
  6. Button: "Inquire, Learn, Reflect," 1995
  7. Button: "Kent 26," 1996
  8. Button: "Unification of Generations," 1998
  9. Button: "Unnessecary, Inexcusable, Unwarranted, Unforgettable," 2002
  10. Button: "Peace, Remembering Kent State and Jackson State," 2003
  11. Button: "Tell Me Father Did They Aim?" 2005
  12. Button: "The Cost of War: Then & Now," 2006
  13. Button: "Truth: The First Casualty of War!" 2007
  14. Button: "Where Does It End?" 2008
  15. Button: "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future," 2009
  16. Button: Allison Krause, undated
  17. Button: Bill Schroeder, undated
  18. Button: "Build it all!" undated
  19. Button: "Drop Knowledge, Not Bombs," undated
  20. Button: "Inquire, Learn and Reflect Fund!" undated
  21. Button: Jeffrey Miller, undated
  22. Button: "Kent 25," undated
  23. Button: "Kent, Augusta, Jackson, South East Asia; Moratorium, May 5; Out Now!; SMC," undated
  24. Button: "Kent State Remembers,"undated
  25. Button: "Memorial Benefit Committee," undated
  26. Button: Sandy Scheuer, undated
  27. Button: "Save Ohio, Stop Rhodes,"undated
  28. Button: "The War is at Home,"undated
  29. Button: "Why Do We Remember?" undated
  30. Gun Shell Casing found May 4, 1970
  31. Plastic Strap presumed to have been used for a tourniquet on May 4, 1970
  32. Press Pass,1971; Faculty ID Card (Betty Kirschner), 1970
  33. Decals: "Kent State United," 1971
  34. Link from the Fence of the Gym Annex Protest, 1977
  35. Peace Sign Patch and Canadian Coin left as tokens at the 1995 exhibit, 1995
  36. Bracelet: POW-MIA, undated
  37. Commemorative hand towel. Jim Russell Memorial, The Golf Club at New Castle, undated
  38. Drumsticks left at the site of Jeff Miller during a May 4 Commemoration, undated
  39. One Rifle Shell Casing and One Shot Gun Shell Casing, 12 gauge, undated
  40. Piece of Granite from the May 4 Memorial, undated
  41. "Student Target" Patch, undated

May 4 Collection -- Box 124A

Folder -- Contents
  1. K.S.U. Police: Riot Helmet, [1977-1978]
  2. K.S.U. Police: Gas Mask, [1977-1978]
  3. Tear gas cartridge canister, 1970 [Donated by Paul Tople]
  4. Lantern used in candlelight vigil, [no date]

May 4 Collection -- Box 124B

Folder -- Contents
  1. U.S. flag that flew over the University on May 4, 1970
  2. Correspondence: Jeff Fair regarding return of the U.S. flag, 1995
  3. Vietnam Cong. flag, undated