Special Collections and Archives

Annual Commemoration, Records, 1971-[ongoing]

Special Collections and Archives

Annual Commemoration, Records, 1971-[ongoing]

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Annual May 4 Commemoration records, 1971-2010

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 117 and 117A

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, October 20, 1995; Updated April 2015; Updated January 2016 by Rennie Greenfield
1 record storage box + 1 oversize box, 1.5 cubic feet, 12th floor

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials gathered by the University Archives that document the annual commemorations, including performances and events. Some material originates from the May 4th Task Force. Posters and other promotional material from the annual commemorations are also included. Material in Box 117 and Box 117A are arranged chronologically.

May 4 Collection -- Box 117

Folder -- Contents


  1. Schedule of events and exhibits for first annual memorial observance, May 1-4, 1971

  2. Position and policies paper regarding first annual memorial observance, 1971

  3. Rough draft of speech by Julian Bond for first annual memorial observance, April 1971


​​4.  News Service Announcements, April 1972


5.  Ecumenical Memorial Service, outline and summary of service, May 1975

6.  Program for Weekend Activities, May 1975


7. Position Paper with Memorial Program, September, 1977


8.  Agendas and Events, 1978

9.  University News Service Press Releases, April 1978

​10.  Open Letters and Statements, 1978

11. Correspondence, December 1977-August 1978

12. Clippings, January 1978-May 1978

13. Flyers and Leaflets, 1978

14. Photograph from Jim Lawless, May 1978


15. The Educational Consequences of the Tragedy, commemoration speech by Bruce Harkness, [former Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, final draft copy]


16. May 4 Scheduling Committee, Minutes, Correspondence, and Clippings 1980


17. Correspondence and programs, 1981


18. Poster with Speakers and Program Notes, 1983


19.  Commemoration Agenda, May 1987


20. May 4th Memorial fact sheet, January 1989

21.  Programs and Events, April 1989-May 1989


22. News Release Statements, April 1991


23. News Release Statements, November 1994


24. Dance Alloy, May 4th Dance/Theatre Project, programs and announcements, April 29, 1995

25. The Serpent, programs for dramatic ceremony by Jean-Claude van Itallie, April 1995

​26. Simple Gestures: A Commemorative Installation, promotional material, April 5-May 10, 1995

27. Kent State University: May, 1970, invitation to showing of interactive multimedia CD-ROM, May 1, 1995

​28. The Legacy of May 4, 1970, announcement of television documentary showing, May 1, 1995

29. Legacies of Protest, May 4 Symposium, May 2-3, 1995

30. Kent State: A Requiem, announcements for performances, May 3, 1995

31. Finding a Common Ground: The Blanketing of Blanket Hill, audience instructions for participation, May 4, 1995

32. Peter, Paul and Mary, concert ticket stub, May 4, 1995

33. Proposal for CASE submission, Milestone 25th Anniversary of the Events of May 4, 1970

34. News Release Statements, April-May 1995

35. A Different Reunion, speech by Lee Kamps, May 1995

36. Kent State University Alumni Association, information card and staff memo about 25th Anniversary Commemoration, May 1995

37. Nightwalking: Voices from Kent State by Sandra Perlman, program and company member list, May 1995

38. Tragedy at Kent State, programs and clippings, May 1995

39. Preserving the May 4th Site: A Position Paper by Carole Barbato, June 1995

40. Sample Layout, May 4 Message and Information Board, [no date]

41. 25th Anniversary Commemoration programs and schedule of events


42. 26th Annual Commemoration, schedules of activities and events, May 3-4, 1996

43. Shakespeare After Words, commemoration performance announcement, April 24, 1996


44. Crosby, Stills and Nash, performance agreement for May 4, 1997


45. May 4th Task Force announcement concerning request for permanent closure of four parking spaces in Prentice Hall parking lot, May 3, 1998

46. Unification of the Generations, commemoration program announcement, April 1998


47. May 4 Commemoration events announcement, April 1999

48. Confrontation at Kent State, May 4th Task Force Annual Fall Forum announcement, November 18, 1999

49. Student markers dedication, Prentice Hall parking lot, September 8, 1999


50. Print and Broadcast Journalism alumni reunion, [memory book, clippings, notebooks], May 3-5, 2000

51. Hillel tag, "Flowers are better than bullets"

52. Song in Sorrow, Blossom Music Festival performance schedules

53. Press packet for 30th Commemoration, [2 packets]

54. Kent State: The Day the War came Home, promotional packet for documentary aired on The Learning Channel, May 5, 2000

55. May 4 Oral History Project, announcement of designated site for project contributions

56. The Boundaries of Freedom of Expression and Order in a Democratic Society, first annual May 4 Symposium, registration posting and schedule, May 1-2, 2000


57. Remarks by Tom Grace at the Annual Commemoration, [Grace was wounded on May 4, 1970]

58. Media, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society, Information packets for Symposium on Democracy, April 11-12, 2001

59. 31st Annual May 4th Commemoration, announcements for The Cost of Freedom candlelight vigil and commemoration, May 2-4, 2001

60. Programs for Kent Wind Ensemble and Kent State University Chorale with Greg Banaszak, individual performances and excerpts from Opera Flies, March 22, 2001

61. East 79th Street, announcements for play sponsored by the May 4 Task Force, May 2, 2001


62. News story about Annual Commemoration, May 5, 2002

63. Memo from KSU president Carol Cartwright concerning May 4 observance safety, April 30, 2002

64. Letter from Staughton Lynd concerning "From Port Huron to Kent State" conference, May 2, 2002

65. Docent schedule from May 4 Resource Room, April 20-May 3, 2002

​66. Democracy and Religion, third annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 20-30, 2002

67. May 4th Task Force meetings announcement and guide to May 4 sites, [2002?]


​68. PEACE 1970-2003: Remembering Kent State & Jackson State, Annual Commemoration schedule of events, May 3-4, 2003

​69. Democracy and Globalization, fourth annual Symposium on Democracy registration posting and schedule, April 28-29, 2003


70. Democracy and Homeland Security, fifth annual Symposium on Democracy, registration and news clippings, April 2004


71. Sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, call for scholarly paper proposals

​72. Democracy and the Arts: Voices and Choices, sixth annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2005

73. 35th Annual Commemoration: "Tell Me Father, Did They Aim?", May 4th Task Force, Schedule of events, flyers, May 1-4, 2005


74. Irreconcilable Differences? Democratic Policy Deliberations in Science, Religion and Politics, seventh annual Symposium on Democracy, schedule of events, clippings, May 2006

75. 36th Annual May 4 Commemoration schedule of events, 2006


76. 37th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events and flyers, 2007

77. Speech Notes from Tom Hayden from the Symposium on Democracy, 2007


78. 38th Annual May 4th Commemoration schedule of events, 2008


79. 10th Annual Symposium on Democarcy, Program Announcement, flyers, and schedule of events, 2009

80. John Filo - Commemoration Speech Notes for May 4 Task Force 


81. Speech by Mark Rudd, 2010

​82. Blanket Hill program, 2010

83. Events schedule and articles, 2010

May 4 Collection -- Box 117A--Commemoration Posters

Folder -- Contents

1. 1977: Speakers include Dick Gregory, William Kunstler, Ron Kovic, Tim Butz, Dave Engdahl, Chic Canfora, Dean Kahler and Alan Canfora.

2. 1978: Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, William Kunstler, Vernon Bellecourt, Abdul Alkalimat, Constance Slaughter, Clark Kissinger, Alan Canfora, Greg Rambo, Bill Arthrell, Jeter Pittman and Barbara Dane.

3. 1979: Speakers include William Kunstler, Constance Slaughter, Robby Stamps, Sanford Rosen, Tom Grace and John Bassette.

4. 1980: Speakers include Dave Dellinger, Daniel Ellsberg, Norma Becker, William Kunstler and Kwame Toure (Stokley Carmichael).

5. 1980: Ten Years Later; National Student Day.

6. 1980: Speakers include Bella Abzug, Norma Becker, David Dellinger, Rev. John Adams, Stokley Carmichael, William Kunstler, Robert Picket and Dr. Greg Wald.

7. 1981: Speakers include Rev. John Adams, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, and Joseph Rhodes Jr.

8. 1982: Speakers include Janice Fine, Paul Keane, Benson Wolman and Jerry M. Lewis.

9. 1983: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dr. J. Gregory Payne, Dean Kahler, Robbie Stamps, Dudley Weeks and Milo Hunter.

10. 1984: Speakers include Tom Grace, Jim Russell, Jane Fleiss, Dr. Tom Hensley, Rev. Bill Jacobs, Dave Boerner and Gerry Condon.

11. 1985: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Elaine Holstein, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Robert Stmps, Alan Canfora, Thomas Grace, Scott Mackenzie, James Russell, Douglas Wrentmore, Harry Ausprich and James Riggs.

12. 1986: Speakers include Sanford Rosen, Dean Kahler, Joseph Lewis, Chic Canfora-Knepp and Sheldon Liss.

13. 1987: Speakers include Julian Bond, Ian Taberner, Scott Norberg, Alan Canfora and Tom Grace.

14. 1988: Speakers include Louis Stokes, William Kunstler, Sanford Rosen, Alan Canfora, Tom Grace, Chic Knepp, Dr. J. Gregory Payne and Dr. Sheldon Liss.

15. 1989: Speakers include Christina Baldwin, Carl Oglesby, Mark Rudd, Gene Young, Tom Grace and Dave Cline.

16. 1989: "Students in Action" 19th Annual Commemoration poster proof.

17. 1990: Speakers include Students wounded on May 4, Pat Humphries, Gene Young, Laurel Krause, Dave Kline, Ken Hammond, Wu'er Kaixi, Betty Kirschner, Holly Near, Curtis Pittman, Sanfored Rosen, William Kunstler.

18. 1991: Speakers include Ralph McGehee, Roseanne Canfora-Knepp, Tom Grace and Gene Young.

19. 1994: Speakers include Samantha Carver, William Kunstler, J. Gregory Payne, Gene Young and Jeffrey Powell.

20. 1995: Speakers include Howard Metzenbaum, Paul Rogat Loeb, Mark Rudd, Stephanie Campbell, Barbara Agte, Steve Drucker, Lou Cusella, Chic Canfora-Knepp, Sanford Rosen, Roland Colom and Kermit Dilworth.

21. 1996: Speakers include Sherrod Brown, Bernadine Dohrn, Stanley Tolliver, Tom Grace, Perkins Pringle, Jen Gensch, Troy Gregorino and Arun Prabhakaran.

22. 1997: Speakers include James Bresky, Ron Kuby, Michael Novick, Tom Papp, Al Long, Chic Canfora, Mac Lojowsky, Wendy Semon and Carol Meyers.

23. 1998: Speakers include Gary Polvinale, Ron Kovic, Ruth Gibson, Steve Skovensky, Rochelle Gause, Troy Gregorino, Sarah Lund, Charlie Mosbrook, U Sam Oeur, Timothy Moore and Robbie Stamps.

24. 1999: Speakers include Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ley Ly Hayslip, Dr. Molly Merryman, Dr. Barnes Harden, Leverne Larkins, Kim Larson, Paul Edgar, Kathy Bizek and Doug Mackar.

25. 2000: Speakers include Gene Young, Gloria Green McKray, Demitrius Gibbs, Juliette Beck, Julia Butterfly Hill, Vernon Bellecourt, Ramona Africa and Noam Chomsky.

26. 2001: Speakers include Alison Wiener, Ben Pershy, Jim Mueller, Laura Haring, Tom Grace and a Representative from the Sinn Fein Party of North Ireland.

27. 2002: Speakers include Danielle Devore, Tom Callahan, Adria Crannell, Kelley Gorbett, Joseph Lewis, James Russell and Charlene Teters.

28. 2003: Speakers include Phil Arway, Seth Kujat, Billie Campbell, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Rosanne (Chic) Canfora, Carol Cartwright, Dr. Roland Mason Jr. and Jello Biafra.

29. 2004: Speakers include William Rivers Pitt, Holly Near, Dean Kahler, Gary Daniels, Mike Pacifico, Sam Harper, Dr. Carole Barbato, T. N. Bhargava, and Alan Canfora.

30. 2005: Speakers include Russell Miler, Barry Levine, Nancy Tuttle, Mike Alewitz, Dr. William Schultz (Amnesty International), Gene Young, Ken Hammond, Marc Lenci, and Chad Salamon.

31. 2006: Speakers include Medea Benjamin and Mary Ann Vecchio.

32. 2008:Speakers include Scott Ritter, Ron Kovic, Emily Kunstler, Dean Kahler and Joe Lewis.

33. Undated: "Rememberance."

34. Undated: Speakers include Dr. Thomas Hensley, Joe Lewis, Dean Kahler, Gene Young, William Kunstler, Sanford Lewis, Jan Scruggs and Jack Smith.