Special Collections and Archives

Linda Lyke papers

Special Collections and Archives

Linda Lyke papers

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Linda Lyke papers, 1970

May 4 Collection -- Box 61

Finding Aid

Prepared by Scott L. Bills, 27 August 1980; Prepared for the Web by Erica Lilly, February 1997; Updated May 2015; December 2016

Extent: 1 slim document case and 3 oversized folders, .16 cubic foot 

Physical Location: 12th floor, 11th floor


Historical Note / Scope and Content: This collection contains correspondence sent to the Kent State Student Government in the immediate aftermath of the Kent State Shootings on May 4, 1970. Linda Lyke, a faculty member in the School of Art in 1970, assembled the correspondence in this collection as part of a display by Student Government for the Fall Quarter of 1970. The letters provide a sample of the wide range of reactions to the shootings, both nationally and internationally. 

In addition to correspondence, the collection includes three collagraph prints that Lyke made in response to the Kent State shootings, shortly after May 4, 1970. The prints were exhibited in an arts festival she organized at the opening of the Fall Quarter in 1970. Lyke described these pieces as being made in the style of pop art, two of which are her own interpretations of famous photos taken at the time of the shootings.


Arrangement: The correspondence was originally mounted for display on seven poster boards, and is arranged in the collection accordingly. Charts documenting the layout of each board have been retained in a separate folder. 


Acquisitions Information: Through J. Gregory Payne, Linda Lyke donated these materials to the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives on May 5, 1980. Lyke donated three collagraph prints in 2015. 


Related Material: The KSU Student Government May 4 records (May 4 Collection, Box 1) contain correspondence sent to the Kent State University Student Government by individuals and groups from Ohio, other states, and other countries in response to the events of May 4, 1970. 


Restrictions on Use: Linda Lyke has kindly donated to the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives whatever property and literary rights she possesses in these materials.


Box 61
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  2. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  3. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  4. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  5. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes a press clipping from Pacific Stars and Stripes with marginal comments sent by a serviceman.
  6. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  7. Correspondence: Sent to Kent State University Student Government: May 1970
  8. Layouts for Student Government exhibit: 1980
  9. Collagraph Print: "Kent State, 1970, May 4," 1/10, 1970
    Physical Location: Shelved in map case.
    Physical Description: 14 1/2 x 18 1/8 in.
  10. Collagraph Print: "Kent State, May 4, 1970," 2/10, 1970
    Physical Location: Shelved in map case.
    Physical Description: 14 1/8 x 17 7/8 in.
  11. Collagraph Print: "Lament: Four Dead at Ohio," 1970 
    Physical Location: Shelved in oversized map case. 
    Physical Description: 28 5/8 x 25 3/4 in.