May 4 Collection

Important Notice: Due to a grant-sponsored project to digitize materials from the May 4 Collection, in-person use of the May 4 Collection is available by appointment only. Please help us serve you better by contacting us in advance to schedule an appointment for access to this collection.

National History Day Help

Information Packet

Special Collections and Archives offers a May 4 Collection Information Packet with information about the resources available to aid you in your research about the Kent State shootings. The packet is now available in digital format. 

If you need to access the packet in paper form, please contact Special Collections and Archives to request a printed copy to be sent by mail. Please make sure to include your full postal address in your request.


Additional Research Help Available in the May 4 Collection

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on the most common questions asked.

Primary sources

The May 4 Collection contains a wealth of primary sources such as letters, audio recordings, and photographs related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The best way to utilize these sources is to come in person to use the collection.

To view a detailed list of the contents of the May 4 Collection (with links to finding aids), see our Collection Contents page. For subject access to the collection, use the Collection Index which also links to finding aids.

We also offer selected digitized materials such as the following:

Secondary Sources

An annotated bibliography of selected books, articles, and Web sites is available.