Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives, May 4 Collection Home Page

Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives, May 4 Collection Home Page

Don Drumm sculpture during an annual commemoration

May 4 Collection
Kent State University Libraries and Media Services
Department of Special Collections and Archives


Welcome to the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Kent State University and to the May 4 Collection which encompasses an integral part of our archive. Kent State University was placed in an international spotlight after a tragic end to a student demonstration against the Vietnam War and the National Guard on May 4, 1970. Shortly after noon on that Monday, 13 seconds of rifle fire by a contingent of 28 Ohio National Guardsmen left four students dead, one permanently paralyzed, and eight others wounded. Not every student was a demonstration participant or an observer. Some students were walking to and from class. The closest student wounded was 30 yards away from the Guard, while the farthest was nearly 250 yards.

The May 4 Collection and this Web site have been created to assist students, faculty, staff, community members and other researchers in locating information sources related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath.

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
     
  2. Detailed List of the Contents of the May 4 Collection in Special Collections and Archives
     
  3. Resources for National History Day Projects
     
  4. Index to the May 4 Collection (navigate the collection by subject terms)
     
  5. Online Exhibit (includes a Chronology of Events)
     
  6. Annotated Bibliography (selected books, journal articles, and Web sites related to the Kent State shootings)
     
  7. Kent State Shootings Oral History Project (eyewitness accounts and other narratives)
     
  8. Chronology of the Legal Aftermath of the Shootings (trials and investigations)
     
  9. Leave a Comment or Ask a Question

Links to Other Sources (not part of Special Collections and Archives)