Special Collections and Archives

Kent State University. Department of Political Science May 4 records

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State University. Department of Political Science May 4 records

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.

Kent State University. Department of Political Science May 4 records, 1970

MAY 4 COLLECTION: Box 70

Finding Aid

Prepared by Kenneth D. Knape, May 1991; Updated November 2016
1 document case, .33 cubic foot, 12th floor


Historical Note: After the shootings on May 4, 1970 Kent State was closed by court injunction, and was not reopened until the summer 1970. The papers in this collection are mainly interdepartmental memos and letters sent to all departments by President White showing how the crisis was handled.


Scope and Content: This collection will give the researcher a good idea of how the crisis was managed by the University faculty and administration. The materials is organized in alphabetical order.

Folder 5 is of particular interest showing correspondence coming from outside the University to President White's office. It exemplifies how people responded to the crisis not just locally, but from all over the country. Folder 6 has correspondents ranging from students to the President and shows their reaction to what happened.

In folder 8 is a resolution passed by the Faculty Senate on 5 May 1970 condemning the use of violence. Folder 12 has material dealing with the injunction that closed the University after the shootings. Newspaper clippings from all over the country about the tragedy are in folder 18. Folder 26 has material about the student medical fund and has information on how the student body gathered money to pay injured students' medical bills.

Folder 27 contains a transcript of the notorious speech given by Governor Rhodes at Kent on May 3 dealing with the campus unrest.

Researchers using this material will find much valuable information on how the University coped with this tragedy and its aftermath.


Acquisitions Note: This part of the May 4 Collection was an accession (U83/37) from the Kent State University Political Science Department on November 12, 1983.


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 70
Folder: Contents

  1. Address, by John A. Flower: June 1970
  2. American Association of University Professors, 3 notices of special meetings: May 5, 1970, May 22, 1970, June 5, 1970
  3. Correspondence, inter-departmental: from Robert I. White to Dean Harold Kitner of Board of Regents meeting, May 13, 1970
  4. Correspondence, faculty: Lists of groups formed concerning the crisis on campus, June 24, 1970
  5. Correspondence, letters sent to President White by people outside the University, May 16, 1970
  6. Correspondence, students: letters sent to President White by students, 1970
  7. Telegram, sent to Department of Justice, June 27, 1970
  8. Faculty Senate: Resolution passed by Faculty of Kent State condemning use of force, violence; note declaring a retreat; other resolutions debated by the Faculty Senate, May 5, 1970, May 7, 1970, May 8, 1970
  9. Correspondence: between the faculty concerning the tragedy, and how to prevent more violence; a press release about the Reader's Digest condensation of part of James Michener's book Kent State: Campus Under Fire
  10. House Bills: legislation introduced into General Assembly of State of Ohio after Kent State shootings
  11. I.D. Cards: memo regarding the reopening of Kent State and the use of I.D.s
  12. Injunctions: letter to all faculty and staff about dismissal of May 4 injunction; letter to Dr. White about graduation exercises on June 13, 1970
  13. Letter to Summer School Student Body and Faculty from Summer School Student Contact Committee about policy making; a 2-page memo on making channels available for peaceful dissent or redress of grievances
  14. Statement to Sub-Committee of the Ohio Select Legislation Committee on Campus Disorder from John A. Flower, Dean, College of Fine and Professional Arts, KSU, July 15, 1970
  15. Letter to Thomas Lough from Harold Kitner: November 11, 1970; Adamek et al. vs. Brown et al., 1970
  16. Letters to members of the university community from President White: May 24 1971; Memo to members of the university community, May 21, 1971; Newspaper articles about campus unrest, May 24, 1971
  17. Correspondence to President White from American Association of University Professors; More correspondence about AAUP Committee, June 22, 1970
  18. Newspaper clippings from newspapers all over the U.S. about Kent State shootings
  19. Peace Marshals: information on marshals who were used at demonstrations to prevent violence, May 16, 1970, June 10, 1970, July 2, 1970
  20. Research Policy: J. W. McGrath Dean of the Graduate School and Research, paper on nature of research at Kent and what kind it is, June 16, 1970
  21. Resolution on Violence: KSU Faculty Senate, May 14, 1970
  22. School of Art Resolution: Memo to Harold Kitner from David Mohan on recent events, May 13, 1970; Letter from Kent School of Art, May 11, 1970
  23. Scranton Commission Report on Campus Unrest, September 27, 1970; Telegram sent to various government officials and President Nixon on events at Kent, May 14, 1970
  24. Ten-page article written by a student at the Stark Regional Campus, June 18, 1970
  25. Correspondence from the Kent State Students in Exile at Oberlin and Case Western Reserve, May 13, 1970, May 21, 1970, May 26, 1970
  26. Student Medical Fund: 2-page memo on fund set up for wounded students; Articles of Incorporation of Kent Students Medical Fund; Letter from William Stanton, United States House of Representatives, concerning the Kent Student Medical Fund; Ephemera from Memorial Service for four students slain
  27. Statements: Talk to Faculty Senate by Martin K. Nurmi, October 19, 1970; Governor Rhodes Speech on Campus Disorders in Kent, May 3, 1970
  28. Statute 1219: Letter to Deans and Department Chairmen on House Bill 1219, July 24, 1970