Special Collections and Archives

Research Papers, Theses, Dissertations, and Manuscripts Related to May 4

Special Collections and Archives

Research Papers, Theses, Dissertations, and Manuscripts Related to May 4

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Research Papers, Theses, Dissertations, and Manuscripts Related to May 4

MAY 4 COLLECTION -- Boxes 84-84A

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, May 1994; Updated July 2016
2 record storage boxes, 2 cubic feet, 12th floor


Scope and Content

This sub-collection contains miscellaneous research papers, theses, dissertations and manuscripts about the Kent State shootings that have been submitted to the May 4 Collection. Materials are added on a continual basis and are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Related Materials

There are additional theses, dissertations, and research papers related to the Kent State shootings that are cataloged in KentLINK. (HINT: Choose SUBJECT search. Type kent state shootings in search box. Click on LIMIT/SORT button and limit by "Material Type" = THESIS/DISS.)


Box 84
Folder -- Contents

  1. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. Perry, Kent State University, August 11, 1972 (folder 1 of 3)
  2. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. Perry, Kent State University, August 11, 1972 (folder 2 of 3)
  3. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. PerryKent State University, August 11, 1972 (folder 3 of 3)
  4. Downing, Robert M. The Whole World Is Watching: Media Coverage of Riots and Civil Disorders. Honors College Thesis (unsigned), Kent State University,  June 1972 (folder 1 of 2)
  5. Downing, Robert M. The Whole World Is Watching: Media Coverage of Riots and Civil Disorders. Honors College Thesis (unsigned), Kent State University,  June 1972 (folder 2 of 2)
  6. Zibbel, Phyliss M. Kent State University -- May 4, 1970: Institutional Response to the Tragedy. Senior Thesis, Adult Liberal Studies, University of Toledo, May 1994
  7. Gregor, Paul W. Media Coverage of Events at Kent State University in May of 1970; an Oral History with Dr. John C. Weiser. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, July 1995.
    Note: Includes 60 minute audio cassette interview recording of interview.
  8. Woods, Danielle R. Truth: How it became the Fifth Victim in the Kent State Tragedy. Research Paper, University of Akron, April 21, 1997
  9. Russell, Rebecca. The Kent State Massacre. Research Paper, undated
    Note: Eight grade research project by the daughter of Jim Russell, one of the students who was wounded during the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.
  10. McDonald, Dennis. May 4, 1970: A Closer Look at Kent State and the Actions of Terry Norman. Research Paper, History Department, Salem State College, May 11, 1995
  11. Murphy, Sean, Instructor. Reflection Papers, English 122--Protest Literature, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, May 2-5, 2000 
    Note: A compilation of reflection papers by Murphy's students following a grant-funded trip they took to Kent State for the 30th anniversary, May, 2000.
  12. Medicus, Kate, Instructor, Student Essays, Art 42000 (Research and Writing for Art History Majors), Kent State University, 2000
    Note: Includes papers by students in the class that focus on memorials and public art.
  13. Hatcher, Jay A. Green Pigs and Brown Shirts: Rhetoric and the Confrontation at Kent State: 1 to 4 May 1970. Thesis, History 489, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, December 13, 2000
    Note: A floppy diskette (3.5 inch) containing the thesis file is also included.
  14. Burris, Sarah Mittiga. Research Paper, International Baccalaureate program at Rutherford High School, Panama City, Florida, July 8, 2000
    Note: Paper topic is how the Kent community reacted to the events of May 4, 1970 and how those events are perceived today.
  15. Hall, E. Leona. I, Cindy. Manuscript, 1970
    Note: Includes a clipping, letters of transmission, Dr. Hall's CV, and two photographs. A story about three orphaned gray squirrels, the epilogue of the manuscript makes a connection between this account and the events of May 4, 1970.
  16. Steffens, R. Mark. May Fourth Memories. Manuscript, 1995
    Note: Steffens was a Kent State undergraduate student from 1968-1972.
  17. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 1 of 4)
  18. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 2 of 4)
  19. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 3 of 4)
  20. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 4 of 4)

Box 84A
Folder -- Contents

  1. Huff, Mickey S. Interview with Henry L. Halem. Manuscript (transcript), April 10, 1995
    Note: Interview conducted through the Youngstown State University Oral History Program, Kent State Shootings Project, OH 1691. Typescript with handwritten corrections and annotations.
  2. Summerlin, Heidi. A Value Added Analysis of the emergence and demise of the Concerned Citizens of Kent group in April 1969. Research Paper, Kent State University, undated
  3. Isaacson, Mariel. From Wound to Scar: The Memory and Legacy of May 1970. Research Paper, CUNY, undated
  4. Hughes, Joseph. 12 Angry Days: Two Athens Newspapers Examine the 1970 Kent State Shootings Aftermath. Research Paper, March 4, 2002
  5. Hansan, John S. Governor James A. Rhodes and The Kent State Shootings. Research Paper, May 19, 1980
  6. Loperfido, Rev. Ernest J. as told to Ben Lariccia. Reflections of a Roman Catholic Priest Present During the Kent State Tragedy of May 4, 1970. Manuscript, 2011
    Note: Two slightly variant copies of the manuscript are on file.
  7. An Appeal to the United States Department of Justice For an Immediate and Thorough Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Shootings at Kent State University. Manuscript, Researched and compiled by Peter Davies; Circulated by the Department of Law, Justice and Community Relations,The Board of Christian Social Concerns, United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, 1971 (folder 1 of 2)
  8. An Appeal to the United States Department of Justice For an Immediate and Thorough Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Shootings at Kent State University. Manuscript, Researched and compiled by Peter Davies; Circulated by the Department of Law, Justice and Community Relations,The Board of Christian Social Concerns, United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, 1971 (folder 2 of 2)
  9. Harkness, Bruce. Remarks, September 22, 1970. Manuscript, September 22, 1970
  10. Kaplan, Lawrence. May 4, 1970 - A View From Europe. Manuscript, 1980
    Note: Two copies on file.
  11. Cwiek, Timothy. Interview with Joseph Kelner, chief counsel for the Kent Sate victims during the 1975 civil trial. Manuscript (transcript), January 15, 1985
  12. Kunstler, William. Speech at Magic Theater, Kent, Ohio. Manuscript (transcript), October 19, 1970
  13. Deutsch, Leonard J. KSU: The Killings and the Aftermath. Manuscript, 1970
  14. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 1 of 3)
  15. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 2 of 3)
  16. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 3 of 3)