Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Collection -- Box 126

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Collection -- Box 126

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May 4 25th Anniversary Coordinating Committee, Records, 1994-96

May 4 Collection -- Box 126


Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, July 10, 1998; Updated November 2015 by Rennie Greenfield
1 record storage box, 1/2 cubic feet, 11th floor

Historical Note

The May 4 25th Anniversary Coordinating Committee was formed in 1994 "to coordinate, on behalf of the University community, a series of commemorative programs during Spring Semester 1995, with particular emphasis on the week of April 30 to May 7, to mark the milestone 25th anniversary of the events of May 4, 1970, in a manner that is healing, respectful, and inclusive and consistent with the University mission."* The committee was composed of 20 members, and was co-chaired by Jerry M. Lewis (Emeritus, sociology) and Daniel McCombs, the director of Alumni Relations at the time. Committee members included faculty, students, administrators, community members, and persons who were directly involved in the events of May 4, 1970 (including some of the wounded students). Also formed at this time was the May 4 25th Anniversary Symposium Committee composed of eight faculty members. This group worked closely with the Coordinating Committee, but was specifically charged with planning and organizing an international scholarly symposium on May 4. Lawrence Kaplan (Emeritus, history) served as chair of the Symposium Committee.

In addition to its overarching role of planning and overseeing the 25th anniversary commemoration, the Coordinating Committee facilitated the support of numerous projects and events related to May 4 by overseeing the disbursement of funding (usually for $500 or less) to groups and individuals. Interested parties had to submit an application for funding describing the proposed activity and reasons for requesting funding. A wide variety of programs and events, including several in the arts, were aided by funding from the Coordinating Committee.

A fuller description of the Coordinating Committee's goals, activities, and responsibilities can be found in the collection, particularly in the folders containing the committee's charge and mission statements.

*Excerpted from the "May 4 25th Anniversary Coordinating Committee Mission Statement" found in folder #2.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of the May 4 25th Anniversary Coordinating Committee, as well as some from the Symposium Committee. Included are typical committee-related documents such as meeting minutes, membership rosters, and correspondence. The collection also includes clippings, press releases, funding applications, and events schedules and programs. The materials date from spring of 1994 through 1995.

May 4 Collection Box 126

Folder -- Contents

  1. Catalog Text on May 4 [drafts], 1994
  2. Charge and Mission, [1994]
  3. Cleveland Foundation Proposal, [1994]
  4. Clippings, 1995
  5. Correspondence, 1994
  6. Correspondence, 1995
  7. Fact Sheet, [no date]
  8. Funded Project Charts, [1994?]
  9. Funding Press Releases and Flyers, 1994
  10. Funding Applications [blank], [1994]
  11. Funding Applications [folder 1 of 3], 1994
  12. Funding Applications [folder 2 of 3], 1994
  13. Funding Applications [folder 3 of 3], 1994
  14. Funding Committee, 1994
  15. Interactive Multimedia CD-ROM Presentation, Program, May 1, 1995
  16. Interactive Videodisc Project, 1994
  17. Kent Alumni Association Mailing, 1995
  18. Legacies of Protest, Schedule of Events Flyer, 1995
  19. Mailing List, 1970 Graduates, 1995
  20. May 4th Symposium Committee, Meeting Minutes, 1994
  21. Meeting Minutes, April-May, 1994
  22. Meeting Minutes, June-August, 1994
  23. Meeting Minutes, September-December, 1994
  24. Meeting Minutes, January-February, 1995
  25. Meeting Minutes, March-April, 1995
  26. Miscellaneous, 1994-95
  27. Nametags, [1995]
  28. Northern Ohio Live's Awards of Achievement, September-October, 1995
  29. Press Release [on formation of Coordinating Committee], April 15, 1994
  30. Program of Events, March-May, 1995
  31. Proposed Arts Projects
  32. Resolution of Appreciation to Jerry M. Lewis and Daniel L. McCombs, June 13, 1996
  33. Rosters, [1994]
  34. 25th Anniversery Post Cards from Jean Somers [1995]
  35. Speech notes from Senator Howard Metzenbaum, 1995
  36. Program from Better than Bullets: the Kent State Story An Original Drama in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Kent State Controversy, 1995
  37. Ticket Stubs from The Tragedy at Kent State and The Peter, Paul, and Mary Benefit Concert, 1995