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Akron Beacon Journal, "Remembering May 4," Responses from Readers, 1990

May 4 Collection -- Box 74

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, June 1993
1 document case, .33 cubic foot, 12th floor

Historical Note

On April 1, 1990, the Akron Beacon Journal printed a request, inviting readers to share their memories of May 4, 1970. They received over 90 replies and published excerpts from 12 of the letters on April 29, 1990. Regina Brett, a reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal and graduate of Kent State University, donated the 54 letters of response that comprise this collection on May 2, 1990 (Accession Number: U90/23). The collection does not contain the letters that were printed in the Beacon Journal article. However, a copy of that article is included. Letters include responses from people in all walks of life. Filtered through the memory of 20 years, eyewitnesses recount the trauma of their experience. Students, faculty, National Guardsmen, Vietnam veterans and townspeople all responded. Some respondents expressed their anger and others their tears. This collection will be of interest particularly to sociologists and to anyone interested in the continuing impact of this event on Kent State's and our nation's history. Some respondents have requested anonymity and the researcher is reminded that these requests must be respected.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 54 reader responses submitted to the Akron Beacon Journal. Letters are arranged in alphabetical order by the author's last name. Some submissions are anonymous. All items date from 1990.

May 4 Collection -- Box 74

Folder -- Contents

  1. Finding Aid
  2. Akron Beacon Journal Article, April 29, 1990
  3. Anonymous--Akron, Ohio
  4. Anonymous--Canton, Ohio
  5. Anonymous--Kent, Ohio
  6. Anonymous--Akron, Ohio
  7. "Concerned Viet Vet"--Akron, Ohio
  8. "Sandy" Norton, Ohio
  9. "Tom"--Canton, Ohio
  10. Augustein, P.C. --Alliance, Ohio
  11. Barnett, Robert R.--Akron, Ohio
  12. Barnetson, Margaret--Broadview Hts, Ohio
  13. Anonymous (name and address are restricted)
  14. Bennett, Jeanne Moore--Tallmadge, Ohio
  15. Bobby, Mary Lynn--Kent, Ohio
  16. Broadway, Albert J.--Kent, Ohio
  17. Cater-Akers, Rebecca--Akron, Ohio
  18. Cath, Edna--Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  19. Covey, Jan--Akron, Ohio
  20. Deist, Warren E.--Akron, Ohio
  21. Durosko, Al--Akron, Ohio
  22. Egan, Berta K.--Kent, Ohio
  23. Feinberg, Steven F.--Chicago, Illinois
  24. Felver, G.R.--Akron, Ohio
  25. Fraatz, Donald B.--Kent, Ohio
  26. Gesing, Joseph B.--Stow, Ohio
  27. Grayshock, Richard E.--Uniontown, Ohio
  28. Hodges, Karen Stahler--Canal Fulton, Ohio
  29. Katz, Kay L.--Decatur, Georgia
  30. Kleinschmidt, D.--Greensburg, Ohio
  31. Koster, William H.--Akron, Ohio
  32. Kramer, Katherine--Kent, Ohio
  33. Loshkin, James--Canton, Ohio
  34. London, Mark and Cheryl--Akron, Ohio
  35. Madison, Sherry--Kent, Ohio
  36. Mesko, Phyllis--Stow, Ohio
  37. Meyers, Kathy--Kent, Ohio
  38. Miller, Edward--Millersburg, Ohio
  39. Nelson, Arland--Wadsworth, Ohio
  40. Orr, Betty--Akron, Ohio
  41. Pisanello, Ron--Alliance, Ohio
  42. Pope, Willis--Akron, Ohio
  43. Sanderfer, Diane--Norton, Ohio
  44. Seeley, George--Akron, Ohio
  45. Slusarski, Peter--Kent, Ohio
  46. Snediker, John--Kent, Ohio
  47. Stone, David--Stow, Ohio
  48. Swords, Harry--Garrettsville, Ohio
  49. Taylor, Daniel--Alliance, Ohio
  50. Tilton, Phyllis--Hudson, Ohio
  51. Vardaris, Kay--Ravenna, Ohio
  52. Walker, D--Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  53. Weiser, James--Akron, Ohio
  54. Williams, Edward--Cincinnati, Ohio
  55. Wilson, Sara--Vienna, Virginia