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John C. Weiser papers, 1961-1977

May 4 Collection -- Box 94, 94A, 94B, 94C

Finding aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, November 1994; Updated November 2016

Extent: 3 record storage boxes and 1 document case, 3.33 cubic feet

Physical Location: 12th floor


Biographical Note: John C. Weiser was the Faculty Supervisor and General Manager of Radio Operations (WKSU) for many years. He also served as former Coordinator, Division of Telecommunications at Kent State University. Weiser died in 2003.

Scope and Content: The materials focus on the role and activities of the University radio station on and around the time of the Kent State shootings. The bulk of the collection is comprised of sound recordings made by WKSU during the time leading up to and in the months after the shootings.

Acquisitions Information: John C. Weiser donated this collection of materials to the Department of Special Collections and Archives on April 12, 1979.

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.


Box 94
Folder -- Contents

  1. Associated Press Releases: May 1, 1970
  2. Associated Press Releases: May 2, 1970
  3. Associated Press Releases: May 3, 1970
  4. Associated Press Releases: May 4, 1970
  5. Associated Press Releases: May 5, 1970
  6. Associated Press Releases: May 6, 1970
  7. Associated Press Releases: May 7, 1970
  8. Associated Press Releases: May 8, 1970
  9. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 2, 1970
  10. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 3, 1970
  11. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 4, 1970
  12. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 5, 1970
  13. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 6, 1970
  14. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 7, 1970
  15. WKSU News Reports and Announcements: May 8, 1970
  16. Background and Notes for WKSU News Reports: Information on James Ahern: 1970-1971
  17. Background and Notes for WKSU News Reports: Information on Julian Bond: 1966; 1970
  18. Background and Notes for WKSU News Reports: Information on Dick Gregory: 1961; 1971
  19. Background and Notes for WKSU News Reports: May-December, 1970
  20. WKSU Radio: General Policies, undated
  21. WKSU Radio: Emergency Operations, Procedures: 1971
  22. WKSU Radio: Emergency Operations, Proposals and Recommendations for Emergency Communications, circa 1970-1971
  23. WKSU Radio: Emergency Operations, Correspondence: 1970-1971
  24. WKSU Radio: Emergency Broadcast System, Special Press Passes: 1971
  25. Articles: Presentation to National Convention of Educational Broadcasters, Student Movements: 1969-1970
  26. Reports: "Kent State...This is Where it Happened" by Greg Benedetti: 1971
  27. Reports: "The Gatekeepers in Practice at WKSU-FM" by Richard D. Bernard: 1970
  28. Reports: "Events Leading Up to Shootings At KSU" by William H. Eames: undated
  29. Reports: Address by John N. Mitchell:  September 26, 1970
  30. Reports: "Report on S.D.S. Problem--WKSU", undated
  31. Student Papers, Speech 674 "Contemporary Problems": 1970
  32. Correspondence: Administrative, Faculty/Staff, Student: 1970-1971; 1977
  33. List of People Who Responded with Offers of Housing and Transportation: 1970

Box 94A
Contents

  1. Reel-to-reel: "WKSU News Perspective" May 2, 1970
  2. Reel-to-reel: "WKSU Operation Information" May 3, 1970
  3. Reel-to-reel: Political Science 110 Class Lecture and Discussion May 4, 1970
    Scope and Content: A recording made by WKSU of Barclay D. McMillen's political science class, recorded at approximately 11:00 a.m. on May 4, 1970.
  4. Reel-to-reel: Press Conference with KSU Students Who Met with Nixon May 6, 1970
  5. Reel-to-reel: Robert White Meeting with KSU Faculty May 8, 1970
  6. Reel-to-reel: WKSU News Broadcast May 8, 1970
  7. Reel-to-reel: Robert White's Statement "The Future of KSU" May 18, 1970
  8. Reel-to-reel: "WKSU Talk Back Show" May 22, 1970
  9. Reel-to-reel: "WKSU Talk Back Show" June 10, 1970
  10. Reel-to-reel: Interview with Ronald Beer June 13, 1970
  11. Reel-to-reel: WKSU Commencement (4 reels) June 13, 1970
  12. Reel-to-reel: Ohio State Legislative Hearings on Campus Unrest (5 reels) July 1970
  13. Reel-to-reel: Scranton Commission Hearings (15 reels) August 1970​
  14. Reel-to-reel: Hubert Humphrey Speech May 3, 1968

Box 94B
Contents

  1. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Administrative Briefing (2 reels) September 18, 1970
  2. Reel-to-reel: Fall Convocation and "WKSU Project '70" (2 reels) September 28, 1970 
  3. Reel-to-reel: Think Week: James Michener (2 reels) September 29, 1970
  4. Reel-to-reel: Think Week: Sargent Shriver October 2, 1970
  5. Reel-to-reel: Speech by John J. Gilligan December 8, 1970
  6. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Memorial Observance: Julian Bond May 2, 1971
  7. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Memorial Observance: Kingman Brewster (2 reels) May 4, 1971
  8. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Memorial Observance: Dick Gregory (5 reels) May 3, 1971
  9. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Memorial Observance: "Jesus Freaks" (2 reels) May 3, 1971
  10. Reel-to-reel: Kent State Memorial Observance: Kent State Memorial Service (3 reels) May 3, 1971
  11. Reel-to-reel: Glen Olds' First Press Conference August 1971
  12. Reel-to-reel: Fall Convocation: President Olds' Opening Address September 30, 1971
  13. Reel-to-reel: Open Forum: Whither KSU: Glen Olds (2 reels) October 4, 1971
  14. Reel-to-reel: Open Forum: Whither KSU: Student-Faculty Relations (2 reels) October 5, 1971
  15. Reel-to-reel: Open Forum: Whither KSU: Student-Administration Relations (2 reels) October 7, 1971
  16. Reel-to-reel: Open Forum: Whither KSU: Final Program (2 reels) October 8, 1971
  17. Reel-to-reel: Song: "Deaths at KSU" undated

Box 94C
Contents

  1. Reel-to-reel: File Tape on May 4 Investigation 1973
  2. Reel-to-reel: Commentary: Kent State, One Year Later April, 1971
  3. Reel-to-reel: Kent State: Two Years Later May 4, 1972
  4. Reel-to-reel: "Retrospect: May 4, 1970" May 4, 1973
  5. Reel-to-reel: WKNY Broadcast of Reaction After Guard Trial undated
  6. Reel-to-reel: President White Addresses the Student Body October 21, 1970
  7. Reel-to-reel: Reaction After May 1970 Students May 1970
  8. Reel-to-reel: President White's Statement on Campus Disorders May 3, 1970
  9. Reel-to-reel: President White's Statement After the Shooting May 4, 1970
  10. Reel-to-reel: President White's Statement After Meeting with Congressman J. William Stanton May 18, 1970
  11. Reel-to-reel: President White's Speech and Q & A with Advisory Board May 22, 1970
  12. Reel-to-reel: President White's Press Conference After Commencement June 13, 1970
  13. Reel-to-reel: President White Press Conference September 25, 1970
  14. Reel-to-reel: President White's Address to Student Body Regarding Grand Jury October 16, 1970
  15. Reel-to-reel: President White's Comments on the Grand Jury (2 reels) November 9, 1970
  16. Reel-to-reel: William Kunstler Speaking at Downtown Meeting October 19, 1970
  17. Reel-to-reel: President White: "Question One" 1971
  18. Reel-to-reel: President White "Answer One" 1971
  19. Reel-to-reel: President White "Answer Two" 1971
  20. Reel-to-reel: President White "Answer Three" 1971