Special Collections and Archives

Clyde Patterson May 4 papers

Special Collections and Archives

Clyde Patterson May 4 papers

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Clyde Patterson May 4 papers, 1970


Finding Aid

Prepared by Tom Adamich, April 20, 1991; updated 2016
1 slim document case, .16 cubic ft., 12th floor

Historical Note

Materials contained in this collection were accessioned on February 4, 1991 and given accession number U 91/15. Materials had been housed in the Kent State University School of Architecture and were brought to the Archives by Clyde Patterson.

A Kent State University School of Architecture professor from 1958 to 1982, Clyde Patterson was instrumental in implementing a number of important projects and programs in the architecture field, including the establishment of the National Architectural Accrediting Board in the early 1960s. Kent State University's School of Architecture was one of the first schools in the U.S. to be accredited.

As a graduate of Western Reserve University (now Case Western Reserve University) with degrees in Architecture (B.A.) and Art and Art History (M.A.), Patterson exhibited his great commitment to architectural education. In 1961, Patterson, with the help of numerous colleagues, established the architectural honorary chapter, Tau Sigma Delta, at KSU. In addition, in 1973, Patterson, along with Professor Ron Roskins, founded the National Leaders Honor Society, an organization honoring the top 20% of architecture graduates across the U.S. Patterson died in 2009.

Scope and Content

The main focus of the papers and its topical concentration is the events and administrative result of the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings. Included are professional and personal correspondence, Faculty Senate materials, and reports.

Box 68
Folder -- Contents

1 -- Correspondence: Louis K. Harris, Vice-President and Provost: 9 May 1970, subject: completion of quarter; 11 May 1970, subject: request for statements from faculty witnesses; 12 May 1970, subject: grading alternatives; Correspondence: Donald E. Halter, Registrar: 13 May 1970, subject: liberalization of grading policies for Spring quarter; Correspondence: John F. Ohles and Jeffrey Zink, Commission on KSU Violence 3 June 1970, subject: subcommittee on faculty attitudes with reference to the violence; Correspondence: John A. Flower, Dean, College of Fine and Professional Arts, Kent State University, 21 July 1970, subject: testimony to Sub-committee of the Ohio Select Legislative Committee on Campus Disorder Internal Communications:12 May 1970, subject: fact sheet Jerry L. Hayes, for the Internal Communication Committee,12 May 1970, subject: information regarding May 4 Robert H. White, President, Kent State University, 21 July 1970, subject: changes made as a result of May 4 events Glenn A. Olds, President, Kent State University, 23 April 1976, subject: labor problems as a result of May 4

2 -- Personal Communication, outgoing letter to John Flower, Dean, College of Fine and Professional Arts, subject: proposed Kent State University Seminar Center, 13 May 1970, letter to students, subject: completion of coursework, spring semester

3 -- University Faculty Senate

  • Minutes for meetings, special, 7 May 1970
  • 12 May 1970
  • 14 May 1970
  • 15 May 1970
  • 18 May 1970
  • 21 May 1970
  • Special resolution, 25 May 1970
  • 14 May 1970
  • 18 May 1970
  • Minutes for meeting, regular, 6 July 1970
  • 4 June 1970, memo, subject: orientation to faculty forums
  • Questionnaire from the Faculty Senate Commission on the quality of life in the university community

4 -- Professional Organizations

  • Universities National Anti-war Fund, letter, subject: membership drive
  • Concerned Students of KSU, 18 May 1970, letter, subject: student position
  • Kent Community for Non-Violent Change, memo, subject: organization funding
  • American Association of University Professors, Kent Chapter, summer bulletins,
  • 23 June 1970, no.2
  • 31 July 1970, no.3
  • Sororities of Kent State University and the University Senate
  • "Keeping Kent Open--Tactics to Insure it"

5 -- Miscellaneous reports, Portage County Special Grand Jury 9 September 1970, pamphlet, subject: Kent Students, Medical Fund, Benefit Program; Term paper, "The Tragedy at Kent State" (unsigned) 12 May 1970, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture Subject: Statement Read to Special Assembly of the Pennsylvania State University Academic Senate by Students and Faculty of the Pennsylvania State University Department of Architecture