Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

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.

May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

May 4 Collection--Boxes 124, 124A, 124B, 124C, 124D, 124E

Finding Aid

Prepared by Sterling V. Fleischer, September 9, 1997; updated January 2012 by Penny White; Updated June 2017


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2009
Extent: 6 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes + 4 flat oversized boxes)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection contains memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970.  It contains items which commemorate the four dead and nine wounded, in addition to artifacts that may have been used during events, annual commemorations, and the 1977-78 Gym Annex protest.

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 124
Contents

  1. Button: "Kent 25," 1970
  2. Button: "Remember Kent State," 1990
  3. Button: "We Remember These Our Own," 1993 (3 Buttons)
  4. Button: "Peace Against Guns," 1994
  5. Button: "In the Footsteps of History," 1995
  6. Button: "Inquire, Learn, Reflect," 1995
  7. Button: "Kent 26," 1996
  8. Button: "Unification of Generations," 1998
  9. Button: "Unnecessary, Inexcusable, Unwarranted, Unforgettable," 2002
  10. Button: "Peace, Remembering Kent State and Jackson State," 2003
  11. Button: "Tell Me Father Did They Aim?" 2005
  12. Button: "The Cost of War: Then & Now," 2006
  13. Button: "Truth: The First Casualty of War!" 2007
  14. Button: "Where Does It End?" 2008
  15. Button: "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future," 2009
  16. Button: Allison Krause, 1990
  17. Button: Bill Schroeder, 1990
  18. Button: "Build it all!" undated
  19. Button: "Drop Knowledge, Not Bombs," undated
  20. Button: "Inquire, Learn and Reflect Fund!" undated
  21. Button: Jeffrey Miller, 1990
  22. Button: "Kent 25," undated
  23. Button: "Kent, Augusta, Jackson, South East Asia; Moratorium, May 5; Out Now!; SMC," undated
  24. Button: "Kent State Remembers," undated
  25. Button: "Memorial Benefit Committee," undated
  26. Button: Sandy Scheuer, 1990
  27. Button: "Save Ohio, Stop Rhodes," undated
  28. Button: "The War is at Home," undated
  29. Button: "Why Do We Remember?" undated
  30. Gun Shell Casing found May 4, 1970
  31. Plastic Strap presumed to have been used for a tourniquet on May 4, 1970
  32. Press Pass and Faculty ID Card (Betty Kirschner), 1970-71
  33. Decals: "Kent State United," 1971
  34. Link from the Fence from the Gym Annex Protest, 1977
  35. Peace Sign Patch and Canadian Coin left as tokens at a 1995 Special Collections and Archives exhibit, 1995
  36. Bracelet: POW-MIA, undated
  37. Commemorative hand towel, Jim Russell Memorial, The Golf Club at New Castle, undated
  38. Drumsticks left at the site of Jeff Miller during a May 4 commemoration, undated
  39. One Rifle Shell Casing and One Shot Gun Shell Casing, 12 gauge, undated
  40. Piece of Granite from the B'nai B'rith memorial marker?, undated
  41. "Student Target" Patch, undated
  42. Button: "Hands Off The Kent State 25!" undated
  43. Faculty Senate Observer and Faculty Observer Armbands worn on May 4th, 1970 by John J. Michaels professor of Technology

May 4 Collection - Box 124A
Contents

  1. K.S.U. Police: Riot Helmet, 1977-1978
  2. K.S.U. Police: Gas Mask, 1977-1978
  3. Tear gas cartridge canister, 1970
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by Paul Tople.
  4. Lantern used in candlelight vigil, undated
  5. John Cleary's wrist watch worn at the time at which he was shot, 1970

May 4 Collection - Box 124B
Contents

  1. U.S. flag that flew over the University on May 4, 1970
  2. Correspondence: Jeff Fair regarding return of the U.S. flag, 1995
  3. Viet Cong (National Liberation Front) flag, undated

May 4 Collection - Box 124C
Contents

  1. Three articles of clothing Dean Kahler was wearing when shot on May 4, 1970

May 4 Collection - Box 124D
Contents

  1. American Flag from Steven Saylor, undated

May 4 Collection - Box 124E
Contents

Acquisitions Note: The items in this box originally belonged to Ron Baclawski, a member of the National Guard unit deployed to Kent State University in May 1970. The items were donated by  Della J. Evans. in 2017. 

  1. Ohio Army National Guard: Jacket of  Dress Uniform, undated
  2. Ohio Army National Guard: Parka, undated