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Finding Aid for the Charles Kegley papers

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 102-104

Author: Prepared by Kenton Daniels April 12, 1995
Revisions: Revised January 2012 and November 2016
Descriptive Rules: DACS
Origination: University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Nonviolence
Inclusive Dates: 1968-1971
Bulk Dates: 1970-1971
Extent: 3 cubic feet (3 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Historical Note: These materials were used by Professor Charles F. Kegley in the writing of his doctoral dissertation and were accessioned on January 9, 1974 by the Kent State University Archives.

Soon after the shootings of May 4, 1970, at the request of President Robert I. White, Professor Kegley became the chairman of the University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-Violence Officially on May 21, 1970. The commission was charged to "...recommend methods and procedures to implement a commitment to nonviolence at KSU." The commission membership totaled fifty-two with twenty students, twenty faculty, ten administrators or staff personnel and two representatives from the community. It met a total of thirty times during the summer; the last meeting was September 16, 1970.

In addition, numerous task force meetings took place prior to each commission meeting. There were nine task forces: ROTC, Peace Keeping, Student-Faculty Justice, Black Student Concerns, Political Action, Communications, Campus Security, Student Contact, and University Governance. All recommendations made by the commission ultimately came from these task force meetings. Approximately thirty recommendations, or sets of recommendations, were made during the summer. Many were accepted by the university administration; some were modified, and a few were rejected. Some of the areas considered were ROTC visibility, selection of a new student ombudsman, twenty-four-hour desk operation in all dorms, an emergency communications system, high priority for black student concerns, a new identification card system, and extending full voting privileges to undergraduate students.


Scope and Content: The core of this collection is made up of correspondence, meeting minutes, and recommendations from the commission. The correspondence of most individual task forces are provided in separate files; however most task force material is included in the body of the recommendations and meeting minutes. A variety of faculty senate and student government related materials are also provided. Some other file items include newspaper clippings, reports, questionnaires, proposals, and ROTC discussions.


Preferred Citation: Charles Kegley Papers. Department of Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries and Media Services.

Related Material: The Commission on Nonviolence (or Kegley Commission as it is sometimes called) should not be confused with the Commission on KSU Violence. For information on the latter, see Boxes 193-201, May 4 Collection.

Restrictions on Access: Some information included in this collection is restricted due to the presence of information protected by privacy laws. This information has been redacted where present on documents in the collection. Un-redacted originals, in all cases, have been retained by Special Collections and Archives.


May 4 Collection -- Box 102
Folder -- Contents

  1. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Membership: May 1970-September 1970.
  2. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: May 1970.
  3. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: June 1970.
  4. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: July 1970.
  5. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: August 1970.
  6. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: August 1970 (continued).
  7. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Correspondence: September 1970-June 1971.
  8. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: May 1970.
  9. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: June 1970.
  10. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: June 1970 (continued).
  11. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: July 1970.
  12. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: August 1970.
  13. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: August 1970 (continued).
  14. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes: September 1970.
  15. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Agendas: May-September 1970.
  16. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Often Asked Questions: August 1970.
  17. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Faculty Senate Resolutions: June 5, 1970.
  18. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): President White Letter: August 9, 1970.
  19. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Vice-President Meeting: August 4, 1970.
  20. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Special Events Correspondence: June 1970-September 1970.
  21. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Food Service Requests: 1970.
  22. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Printing Receipts: 1970.
  23. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Emergency Communication Systems: 1970.
  24. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Recommendations: 1970.
  25. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Recommendations: 1970 continued.
  26. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Student Recommendations: 1970.
  27. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Summary of University Actions: 1970.
  28. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Summary of Commission: August 1970.
  29. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Personal Notepads: 1970.
  30. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Personal Notes: May 1970.

May 4 Collection -- Box 103
Folder -- Contents

  1. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Notes: May 1970.
  2. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Task Forces: 1970.
  3. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Resolutions and Proposals: 1970.
  4. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Miscellaneous Materials: May 1970-August 1970.
  5. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): News clippings: 1970-1971.
  6. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Press Releases: May 1970-August 1970.
  7. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Speeches: June 1970.
  8. Commission on Nonviolence (Kegley): Minutes and Statements: May 1970.
  9. Peace Keeping Activities/Task Force: Preliminary Statement: June 1970.
  10. Fall Calendar/Task Force: Report: June 9, 1970.
  11. Political Action/Task Force: Report and Recommendations: June 17, 1970.
  12. Campus Security/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  13. Campus Security/Task Force: Recommendations: 1970.
  14. Communication/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  15. Reopening/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  16. Student Contact/Task Force: Correspondence: July 23, 1970.
  17. Student Faculty Justice/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  18. Black Student Concerns/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  19. ROTC/Task Force: Correspondence: 1970.
  20. ROTC Suggestions: Correspondence: 1970.
  21. ROTC: R.D. Hill Correspondence: 1970.
  22. ROTC Hearings: Summary: August 1970.
  23. Military Science, Department of: Course Offerings: 1970.
  24. Faculty Senate: An Analysis of the Ohio Special Grand Jury Report: 1971.
  25. Faculty Senate: Announcements and Recommendations: 1970.
  26. Faculty Senate: Correspondence: 1970-1971.
  27. Faculty Senate: Minutes: 1966-1967.
  28. Faculty Senate: Minutes: 1968.
  29. Faculty Senate: Minutes: 1969.
  30. Faculty Senate: Minutes: 1970-1972.
  31. Faculty Senate: Miscellaneous Materials: 1970-1971.
  32. Faculty Senate: Report and Minutes: May 1970.
  33. Faculty Senate: Letter: May 21, 1970.
  34. Faculty Senate: Special Meetings: May 1970-October 1970.
  35. Faculty Senate: Dean Milton Wilson's Speech: June 25, 1970.
  36. Faculty Senate: Charter and Bylaws: July 1969.
  37. Faculty Senate: Charter: June 1971.
  38. Faculty Senate: Charter Review Committee: May 1974.
  39. Faculty Senate: Faculty Promotional Policy: April 1972.
  40. Faculty Senate: Faculty Opinion Poll: 1970
  41. Faculty Senate: Resolutions: April 1969-February 1971.
  42. Faculty Associates Program (FAP): Newsletter: 1970.
  43. Board of Trustees: Memorandum: June 1, 1970.
  44. Board of Trustees: Statement: August 1970.
  45. Kent Reform Council: Campus Government Reform: 1971.
  46. Student Senate: Meeting Minutes: 1970.
  47. Student Senate: Meeting Minutes: 1971.
  48. Student Senate: Meeting Minutes: 1972.
  49. Student Government: Correspondence: 1970-1971.
  50. Student Orientation Session: Outline: September 2, 1970.
  51. Students, Statement to: The "Riot Act": 1968.
  52. Student Letter: University Bulletin: June 1, 1970.

May 4 Collection -- Box 104
Folder -- Contents

  1. Student Handbook: Rules and Regulations: 1970-1971.
  2. Student Questionnaire: May 1-4, 1970: 1970.
  3. Undergraduate Programs: Task Force Report: 1970.
  4. "Realities and Student Power": Article by John Ohles: October 1968.
  5. Black Student Meeting: Quotations: June 11, 1970.
  6. Black Student Concerns: Papers: 1970.
  7. Black United Students: Statements and Correspondence: November 1968-May 1970.
  8. Kent State University Campus: Brochures: September 1970-1971.
  9. Kent State University Campus: Schedule of Events: 1970.
  10. Kent State University Campus: Fliers and Advertisements: ca 1970-1971.
  11. Kent State University Campus: Events and Correspondence/May 1-4: 1970-1971.
  12. Volunteer Service, Office of: Group List: June 6, 1970.
  13. Nine Weeks that followed May 4th: Summary: July 28, 1970.
  14. Kent State University Riots, Causes of: Correspondence/Paul, E.W.: Summer 1970.
  15. Kent Disturbances: Correspondence and Clippings: 1968-1970.
  16. Oberlin Proposals: Proposal for KSU: May-July 1970.
  17. My Manifesto /a paper: by Donald Thigpen: August 11, 1970.
  18. Victory Bell: Correspondence: July 14, 1970.
  19. Reopening Issues: Report: August 7, 1970.
  20. Security Information Check Points: Passes: June 22, 1970.
  21. University Concerns: List: August 11, 1970.
  22. Interdepartmental: Correspondence: 1970-71.
  23. President and Cabinet: Criticisms: 1970.
  24. Commissions and Committees Chairmen: Meeting: July 8, 1970.
  25. Center for Human Understanding: Proposal: August 10, 1970.
  26. Human Relations Center: Annual Report: 1969-1970.
  27. Counseling and Group Resources Center: Questionnaire: May 22, 1970.
  28. Legal and University Regulations: "Often Asked Questions": August 20, 1970.
  29. Taxpayer Questions: List: August 24, 1970.
  30. Kent State University Communications Project: Standard Interview Guide: 1970.
  31. Community Relations Committee: Community Guide: May 25, 1970.
  32. Political Education Committee: Correspondence: No date.
  33. Universities: Anti-War Fund: 1970.
  34. National Service Corps: Proposal: August 1, 1970.
  35. American Personnel and Guidance Association: Peace Commission Proposal: 1970.
  36. Legal Aid Society: Notes and Clippings: July 1970.
  37. Educational Problems: Summary: 1972.
  38. Education, College of: Bulletin: September 1966-June 1970.
  39. Education, Positions on: Papers: 1970.
  40. American Council on Education: Letter: June 21, 1970.
  41. Newspaper Clippings: Related to May 4th: 1970-1971.
  42. Personal Notebook: Summer 1970.
  43. Tallapoosa Georgia Report: Civil Rights Observations: ca 1970. (author unknown).
  44. Campus Tensions: Analysis and Recommendations/Report: Committee on Campus Tension: no date.
  45. Vietnam War: fliers: various dates.
  46. National Observer: Newspaper: April 26, 1971.
  47. Kent State University-the Faculty: Cleveland Plain Dealer Supplement: April 11, 1972.
  48. News clippings, May 1970
  49. Acorn: Newspaper/Special Edition: no date.
  50. Grand Jury Report : Record-Courier Article: October 16, 1970.
  51. FYI: KSU Newsletter: June 14, 1970.
  52. Social Education: Journal: April 1971.
  53. After the Crisis/Forging a New Community: Record-Courier Supplement: July 31, 1970.
  54. The Militant: Newspaper: May 15: 1970.
  55. American Association of University Professors: Newsletters: May 1969-July 1970.
  56. Commission on Campus Government and Student Dissent: Report: 1970.
  57. Kent State University Peaceful Assembly Policies and Procedures.
  58. Political Education Activities: Statements and Recommendations: 1970.
  59. Political Education Activities: Correspondence: June 1970-July 1970.
  60. Student Organization Task Group: Correspondence: July 1970.
  61. Student Government Election Commission: Correspondence and Recommendations: May 1970.
  62. Summer School Contact Committee: Correspondence: July 1970-August 1970.
  63. Commission on KSU Violence: Charge and Statement: undated.
  64. Commission on KSU Violence: Correspondence: May 1970-October 1970.
  65. Miscellaneous: Correspondence: May 1970-May 1971.
  66. Miscellaneous: Recommendations: June 1970-July 1970.
  67. Miscellaneous:Reports and Handbooks: 1970.
  68. Miscellaneous: Various Documents: April 1969-July 1970.
  69. Black United Students: Flyers: 1969-1970.
  70. Center for Peaceful Change: Miscellaneous: 1974.
  71. Center for Peaceful Change: Poetry: undated.
  72. Center for Peaceful Change: Programs: 1974.
  73. Concerned Citizens for the Community: Flyers: 1970.
  74. Wenninger, Eugene P. Report: "Response to Crisis: The University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Nonviolence," September 1970