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Finding aid for the Akron Beacon Journal Kent State Shootings collection

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Akron Beacon Journal Kent State Shootings collection
Inclusive Date(s): 1969-1983
Bulk Date(s): 1970
Author: Finding aid prepared by Craig Simpson
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Craig Simpson using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2008
Origination: Akron Beacon Journal
Extent: 4 cubic feet
Physical Location: 10th floor (May 4 Collection, Boxes 208-211)
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0082
Abstract: The Akron Beacon Journal Kent State Shootings collection contain materials for the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation reports on the Kent State shootings. These materials were requested from the U.S. Department of Justice by Beacon Journal staff.
Language(s): The records are in English

History of the Akron Beacon Journal

Founded in 1839, the Akron Beacon Journal is a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper that serves readers in Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties. The Beacon Journal is owned by Sound Publishing Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Black Press Ltd. The Beacon Journal earned national recognition and its first Pulitzer for coverage of the Kent State shootings in 1970, which was coordinated by editor Pat Englehart.

Scope and Content

The materials in this collection contain records pertaining to the reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol records include inter-office correspondence, autopsy reports of the victims, and notes pertaining to the investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation records include various reports from agents assigned to investigating the shootings. The FBI records comprise an earlier draft of the final copy of the report. The years of this collection encompass 1969-1983, with the bulk of the materials from 1970.

Statement of Arrangement

The Akron Beacon Journal Kent State Shootings collection is divided into two series:
Series 1: Ohio State Highway Patrol records
Series 2: Federal Bureau of Investigation records


Related Material

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kent State Shooting records, 1970-1975. Box 132, May 4 Collection.

Preferred Citation

Akron Beacon Journal Kent State Shootings collection. May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were received by the Akron Beacon Journal from the U.S. Department of Justice in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. The collection was transferred to Kent State University by the Akron Beacon Journal in 2008.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University--History
Kent (Ohio)--History
Organizations/Corporations:
Akron beacon journal (Akron, Ohio: 1903)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (U.S.)
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Functions:
Criminal investigation
Law enforcement
Autopsy
Places:
Kent (Ohio)
Occupations:
Journalists
Detectives
Traffic police
Material Types:
Photocopies



Detailed Description of The Collection

Series 1: Ohio State Highway Patrol Report records, 1969-1983, bulk 1970
Box 208 / Folder 1
Index of Names to Case Files, undated
Box 208 / Folder 2
Ohio State Highway Patrol Report with Index, May 12-June 19, 1970
Box 208 / Folder 3
Correspondence Pertaining to the Investigation, 1969-1983
Box 208 / Folder 4
Ohio State Highway Patrol Report, Book "B", May 1-9, 1970
Box 208 / Folder 5
Ohio State Highway Patrol Report, Book "C", May 20-26, 1970
Box 208 / Folder 6
Ohio State Highway Patrol Report, Book "D", May 25-June 1, 1970
Box 208 / Folder 7
Ohio State Highway Patrol Report, Book "E", June 2-15, 1970

Series 2: Federal Bureau of Investigation Report records, 1970-1975
Box 209 / Folder 1
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 1, May 5-12, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 2
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 2, May 7-11, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 3
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 3, May 7-10, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 4
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 4, May 9-11, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 5
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 5, May 6-10, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 6
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 6, May 8-10, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 7
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 7, May 8-15, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 8
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 8, May 2-16, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 9
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 9, May 12-15, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 10
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 10, May 8-16, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 11
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 11, May 10-15, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 12
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 12, May 7-15, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 13
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 13, May 11-17, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 14
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 14, May 11-16, 1970
Box 209 / Folder 15
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 15, May 13-15, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 1
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 16, May 8-16, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 2
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 17, May 11-19, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 3
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 18, May 12-22, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 4
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 19, May 10-16, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 5
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 20, May 15-22, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 6
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 21, May 15-22, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 7
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 22, May 13-22, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 8
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 23, May 5-28, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 9
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 24, May 5-26, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 10
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 25, May 19-23, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 11
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 26, May 11-22, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 12
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 27, May 24-June 1, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 13
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 28, May 21-June 1, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 14
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 29, May 26-June 5, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 15
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 30, June 16-July 17, 1970
Box 210 / Folder 16
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 31, May 19-June 1, 1970
Box 211 / Folder 1
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 32, June 24-August 6, 1970
Box 211 / Folder 2
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 33, June 26-July 29
Box 211 / Folder 3
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 34, June 30-July 29, 1970
Box 211 / Folder 4
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 35, July 24-October 8, 1970
Box 211 / Folder 5
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 36, October 20-November 13, 1970
Box 211 / Folder 6
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 37, November 18, 1970-June 18, 1973
Box 211 / Folder 7
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 38, February 13-November 26, 1973
Box 211 / Folder 8
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 39, November 9-13, 1973
Box 211 / Folder 9
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 40, November 15-23, 1973
Box 211 / Folder 10
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 41, September 21, 1970-December 19, 1973
Box 211 / Folder 11
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 42, January 17, 1974-April 30, 1974
Box 211 / Folder 12
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 43, May 3-September 4, 1974
Box 211 / Folder 13
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 44, September 4-October 11, 1974
Box 211 / Folder 14
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 45, October 18, 1974-March 27, 1975
Box 211 / Folder 15
Federal Bureau of Investigation Report, Section 46, March 26-June 18, 1975
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