Special Collections and Archives

University News Service, Photographs, May 1-4, 1970

Kent State University News Service May 4 photographs, April 30, 1970-1989 (bulk May 4, 1970)

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 28-28A

Finding Aid
Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, August 26, 1998; Updated October 2012
2 half-size record storage boxes, 1 cubic foot, 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection consists of photographs and contact sheets produced by University News Service (now University Communications and Marketing) before, during, and after the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University. The first photographs were taken on April 30 to May 3, 1970. This group consists of a small number of photos. The bulk of the photographs were taken on May 4, 1970. Other photographs include events immediately after the shootings and some annual commemorations.

Processing Information: All image descriptions were provided by Special Collection and Archives staff. Please contact Special Collections and Archives to report any errors or additional identifications that can be provided.

Restrictions on Use: Please contact Special Collections and Archives staff for information on use and reproduction of these photographs. When making inquiries or requests about specific photographs, please include the number of the photographs as listed below to facilitate identification (Example: 705/4-1-35). Please also consult our guide to Photographs in the May 4 Collection, for more information.
 


May 4 Collection -- Box 28

Box 28 contains photographs arranged in numerical order by News Service Photography Department numbers. The first part of the number (for example, 705/4) identifies the date on which the photo was taken, starting with the year, then the month, then the day. Thus, 705/4 indicates that the photo was taken in 1970 on May 4. The remainder of the News Service number refers to the file and frame numbers assigned to the negatives (for example, 1-15A refers to file 1, frame 15A). Contact sheets have not been scanned as all images contained on them have been printed and scanned.

Folder -- Contents

704/30 - 705/1: April 30 - May 1, 1970

Events covered include the World Historians Opposed to Racism and Exploitation (W.H.O.R.E.) demonstration and burying of the U.S. Constitution, May 1, 1970.

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  1. 704/30-3 Burned out ROTC building, ambulance driving up hill in background near Power Plant. Note: Although this photograph is numbered as being taken on April 30, 1970, it appears to date from May 4, 1970.
  2. 705/1-1 Contact sheet, May 1, 1970
  3. 705/1-1-2 People gathered on grounds near Victory Bell
  4. 705/1-1-3 People gathered on grounds near Victory Bell
  5. 705/1-1-4 Closer view of people gathered near Victory Bell
  6. 705/1-1-5 Closer view of people gathered near Victory Bell
  7. 705/1-1-6 People gathered around Victory Bell, listening to man speak
  8. 705/1-1-7 Close-up of man addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  9. 705/1-1-8 Man addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  10. 705/1-1-9 Close-up of man addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  11. 705/1-1-10 Man addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  12. 705/1-1-11 People with public address system by the crowd at the Victory Bell
  13. 705/1-1-12 People addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  14. 705/1-1-13 Person standing next to the Victory Bell
  15. 705/1-1-14 Close-up of people listening to those addressing the crowd at the Victory Bell
  16. 705/1-1-15 People in front of the Victory Bell with shovels
  17. 705/1-1-16 People in front of the Victory Bell; two people at left appear to be involved in a disagreement
  18. 705/1-1-17 People sitting on the ground and onlookers
  19. 705/1-1-18 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  20. 705/1-1-19 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  21. 705/1-1-20 Man holding up a piece of paper in front of the Victory Bell
  22. 705/1-1-21 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  23. 705/1-1-22 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  24. 705/1-1-23 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  25. 705/1-1-24 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  26. 705/1-1-25 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  27. 705/1-1-26 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  28. 705/1-1-27 Man addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell
  29. 705/1-1-28 Woman addressing the crowd in front of the Victory Bell

705/3: May 3, 1970

Events covered include the damaged downtown buildings, burned out ROTC annex building, and downtown clean-up efforts.

  1. 705/3-1-14 Burned out ROTC building
  2. 705/3-1-20 Burned out ROTC building
  3. 705/3- 1-31 Emil Berg, KSU Business Manager, inspecting damaged information booth
  4. 705/3-2 Contact sheet, May 3, 1970
  5. 705/3-2-9 Burned out ROTC building
  6. 705/3-2-9 (2) People standing in the street (Front Campus area)
  7. 705/3-2-10 Chainlink fence on ground, near Lilac Walk and tennis courts
  8. 705/3-2-11 Burned out ROTC building, two National Guard personnel in foreground
  9. 705/3-2-11 (2) Chainlink fence on ground, some people standing on it, others standing nearby, near Lilac Walk and tennis courts
  10. 705/3-2-12 Burned out ROTC building, two National Guard personnel in foreground
  11. 705/3-2-12 (2) Chainlink fence on ground, some people standing on it, others walking nearby
  12. 705/3-2-13 People looking and pointing
  13. 705/3-2-13 (2) People standing around (Commons Area)
  14. 705/3-2-14 Close-up of people standing around
  15. 705/3-2-15 Close-up of people standing around
  16. 705/3-2-16 Close-up of people standing around
  17. 705/3-2-17 Close-up of a man
  18. 705/3-2-18 Close-up of people standing around
  19. 705/3-2-19 Close-up of two men
  20. 705/3-2-20 Broken window in door, people on outside looking in
  21. 705/3-2-21 Broken window in door, people on outside looking in
  22. 705/3-2-22 Broken window in door, people on outside looking in

705/4-1: May 4, 1970

Events covered include the rally on the Commons, gathering of students in this area, the presence of Ohio National Guard troops on campus, and other events leading up to the May 4 shootings.

  1. 705/4-1 Contact sheets, May 4, 1970
  2. 705/4-1-3 National Guard personnel on campus
  3. 705/4-1-4 National Guard personnel on campus
  4. 705/4-1-7 Back of woman, National Guard in background
  5. 705/4-1-8 Crowd of people, some with fists raised
  6. 705/4-1-9 Crowd of people
  7. 705/4-1-10 Crowd of people
  8. 705/4-1-11 Crowd of people
  9. 705/4-1-12 National Guard personnel in jeep
  10. 705/4-1-13 Close-up of National Guard personnel in jeep
  11. 705/4-1-14 Television crew on campus
  12. 705/4-1-15 Crowd of people, some people are yelling and making gestures
  13. 705/4-1-16 Crowd of people
  14. 705/4-1-17 Close-up of National Guard personnel in jeep
  15. 705/4-1-18 Crowd of people, some people are yelling and making gestures
  16. 705/4-1-19 Crowd of people
  17. 705/4-1-20 National Guard personnel wearing gas masks, holding rifles
  18. 705/4-1-21 Two National Guard personnel wearing gas masks, holding weapons
  19. 705/4-1-22 National Guard personnel wearing gas masks, holding rifles
  20. 705/4-1-23 National Guard personnel wearing gas masks, holding rifles
  21. 705/4-1-25 Small crowd, Victory Bell in background
  22. 705/4-1-26 People sitting or partially reclining on ground, others standing
  23. 705/4-1-27 National Guard personnel walking with weapons and jeeps in a line
  24. 705/4-1-28 National Guard personnel holding rifles
  25. 705/4-1-29 National Guard personnel with rifles, bayonets fixed
  26. 705/4-1-30 National Guard personnel with rifles, bayonets fixed
  27. 705/4-1-31 National Guard personnel wearing gas masks, walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall
  28. 705/4-1-32 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall
  29. 705/4-1-33 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall, tear gas has been fired
  30. 705/4-1-34 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall, tear gas has been fired
  31. 705/4-1-35 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall, tear gas has been fired
  32. 705/4-1-36 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall, tear gas has been fired
  33. 705/4-1-37 National Guard personnel walking toward crowd near Taylor Hall, tear gas has been fired

705/4-2: May 4, 1970 (continued)

Events covered include the rally on the Commons, gathering of students in this area, the presence of Ohio National Guard troops on campus, and other events leading up to, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the May 4 shootings.

  1. 705/4-2 Contact sheets, May 4, 1970
  2. 705/4-2-4 National Guard personnel, television crew in front of burned ROTC building
  3. 705/4-2-5 Man in scuba mask (?) with a camera (Terry Norman), other people stand and walk nearby
  4. 705/4-2-6 Onlookers on roof of campus building (Stopher Hall?)
  5. 705/4-2-7 People leaving the Commons area, National Guard personnel and tear gas in background
  6. 705/4-2-8 People leaving the Commons area, National Guard personnel and tear gas in background
  7. 705/4-2-9 People leaving the Commons area, National Guard personnel and tear gas in background
  8. 705/4-2-10 Smoke from tear gas canister in front of Taylor Hall
  9. 705/4-2-11 Line of National Guard personnel, walking forward, wearing gas masks, with weapons
  10. 705/4-2-12 National Guard personnel shown from behind, wearing gas masks, with rifles, bayonets fixed
  11. 705/4-2-13 National Guard personnel shown from behind, with rifles, bayonets fixed
  12. 705/4-2-14 Small crowd of people in foreground, National Guard personnel in background
  13. 705/4-2-15 Small crowd of people in foreground including man with black flag, National Guard personnel in background
  14. 705/4-2-16 Man with black flag, covering face, other people stand watching behind him
  15. 705/4-2-17 Crowd in parking lot, including man with black flag, some people are covering their faces
  16. 705/4-2-18 People standing and walking near edge of parking lot
  17. 705/4-2-19 People running, one person is in the act of throwing something
  18. 705/4-2-20 Trees and streetlight
  19. 705/4-2-21 Tree branches in right foreground, small group of people standing facing the area of the new Library building
  20. 705/4-2-22 People ducking and running for cover in and around a parking lot
  21. 705/4-2-23 People ducking and running for cover in and around a parking lot
  22. 705/4-2-24 People lying prostrate on ground
  23. 705/4-2-25 An injured person on ground (Joseph Lewis?), with others standing around him, National Guard personnel in background, Don Drumm sculpture in left foreground
  24. 705/4-2-26 An injured person (John Cleary) being given first aid, near Don Drumm sculpture
  25. 705/4-2-27 An injured person (John Cleary) being given first aid, near Don Drumm sculpture
  26. 705/4-2-28 Group of people gathered closely around an injured person
  27. 705/4-2-29 An injured person being given first aid
  28. 705/4-2-30 An injured person being given first aid
  29. 705/4-2-31 Group of people outside Taylor Hall
  30. 705/4-2-33 Crowd around Don Drumm sculpture and Taylor Hall
  31. 705/4-2-34 Crowd around Don Drumm sculpture and Taylor Hall
  32. 705/4-2-35 Crowd around Don Drumm sculpture and Taylor Hall
  33. 705/4-2-36 Crowd around Don Drumm sculpture, injured or slain person being taken to ambulance
  34. 705/4-2-37 Crowd around Don Drumm sculpture, injured or slain person being taken to ambulance

May 4 Collection -- Box 28A

Box 28A contains photographs arranged in numerical order by News Service Photography Department numbers. The first part of the number (for example, 705/4) identifies the date on which the photo was taken, starting with the year, then the month, then the day. Thus, 705/4 indicates that the photo was taken in 1970 on May 4. The remainder of the News Service number refers to the file and frame numbers assigned to the negatives (for example, 1-15A refers to file 1, frame 15A). Contact sheets have not been scanned as all images contained on them have been printed and scanned.

705/4-3: May 4, 1970 (continued)

Events covered include the rally on the Commons, gathering of students in this area, the presence of Ohio National Guard troops on campus, and other events leading up to, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the May 4 shootings.

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  1. 705/4-3 Contact sheets, May 4, 1970
  2. 705/4-3-5 People scattered around Taylor Hall
  3. 705/4-3-5A Row of National Guard personnel at the crest of hill near the Pagoda sculpture
  4. 705/4-3-7 Row of National Guard personnel coming down the hill near the Pagoda sculpture
  5. 705/4-3-8 Television crew, filming National Guard personnel
  6. 705/4-3-9 Television crews, filming National Guard personnel
  7. 705/4-3-9A Row of National Guard personnel, wearing gas masks, carrying rifles, walking forward
  8. 705/4-3-10A-11 Glenn Frank, KSU faculty member and faculty marshal, running
  9. 705/4-3-12A Glenn Frank, KSU faculty member and faculty marshal, getting into an ambulance
  10. 705/4-3-13 Ambulance driving away, small group of onlookers near Taylor Hall
  11. 705/4-3-14 Ambulance driving away, small group of onlookers near Taylor Hall
  12. 705/4-3-15 National Guard on campus, students and others stand and sit in the background
  13. 705/4-3-15A Terry Norman with camera surrounded by National Guard personnel
  14. 705/4-3-16A Terry Norman with camera with National Guard personnel
  15. 705/4-3-17 Close-up of National Guardsman in gas mask, examining a small document
  16. 705/4-3-18 Close-up of Terry Norman
  17. 705/4-3-19 Close-up of Terry Norman
  18. 705/4-3-20 Police officer walking with a man with a briefcase (KSU graduate student Harold Reid)
  19. 705/4-3-20A Police officer and unidentified man, talking to a man (KSU graduate student Harold Reid) whose briefcase is placed on the ground
  20. 705/4-3-22 National Guardsmen talking to a man (KSU graduate student Harold Reid)
  21. 705/4-3-22A Police officer with a man (KSU graduate student Harold Reid)
  22. 705/4-3-25 National Guard personnel and jeeps, with crowd in background
  23. 705/4-3-26 National Guard personnel and jeeps, with crowd in background
  24. 705/4-3-27 National Guard personnel and jeeps, with crowd in background
  25. 705/4-3-27A Closer view of National Guard personnel and jeeps, with crowd in background
  26. 705/4-3-28 People on the roof of building
  27. 705/4-3-29 People on the roof of building
  28. 705/4-3-29A National Guardsman being put onto a gurney
  29. 705/4-3-31 National Guardsman on a gurney

705/4-4: May 4, 1970 (continued)

Events covered include the rally on the Commons, gathering of students in this area, the presence of Ohio National Guard troops on campus, and other events leading up to, during, and in the immediate aftermath of the May 4 shootings.

  1. 705/4-4 Contact sheets, May 4, 1970
  2. 705/4-4-1A Crowd of people walk and stand in and around the Prentice Hall parking lot
  3. 705/4-4-2A Crowd of people walk and stand in and around the Prentice Hall parking lot, Taylor Hall sign is visible
  4. 705/4-4-3A An injured or slain person being moved on a stretcher, with a crowd of people surrounding
  5. 705/4-4-4 An injured or slain person being moved on a stretcher, with a crowd of people surrounding
  6. 705/4-4-4A An injured or slain person being moved on a stretcher, with a crowd of people surrounding
  7. 705/4-4-5A An injured or slain person being moved on a stretcher through a parking lot, with a crowd of people around
  8. 705/4-4-6A KSU faculty member Glenn Frank talking to a crowd of people, blood in parking lot is visible in background
  9. 705/4-4-7A Man with black flag, jumping in a puddle of blood, with a crowd of people around
  10. 705/4-4-8A Man with black flag, standing in and looking at a puddle of blood, with a crowd of people around
  11. 705/4-4-9A Crowd of people in the distance, others in foreground walk towards the crowd gathering
  12. 705/4-4-10A Crowd of people in the distance, gathered into a group
  13. 705/4-4-11A Closer view of crowd of people gathered into a group
  14. 705/4-4-13 Crowd of people, some standing, others sitting, gathered into a group
  15. 705/4-4-14 Closer view of crowd gathered into a group
  16. 705/4-4-14A Crowd of people gathered into a group, some on a building rooftop, including faculty members
  17. 705/4-4-15 Seated crowd of people including faculty members
  18. 705/4-4-15A Seated crowd of people, shown from a distance
  19. 705/4-4-17A Damaged sign for Campus Day 1970, National Guard personnel and vehicles in background
  20. 705/4-4-19 Damaged sign for Campus Day 1970, National Guard personnel and vehicles in background
  21. 705/4-4-19A National Guard personnel talking to five men near the burned out ROTC building
  22. 705/4-4-20A National Guard personnel talking to five men near the burned out ROTC building
  23. 705/4-4-22 National Guard personnel and vehicles
  24. 705/4-4-22A Burned out ROTC building with National Guard personnel and others nearby
  25. 705/4-4-24 Burned out ROTC building with National Guard personnel and others nearby
  26. 705/4-4-25 Burned out ROTC building with National Guard personnel and others around building
  27. 705/4-4-26 Burned out ROTC building with National Guard personnel and others around building
  28. 705/4-4-27 Crowd of people on one side of rope, National Guard personnel on the other side
  29. 705/4-4-28 National Guard personnel and vehicle in foreground, crowd gathered by Taylor Hall in background
  30. 705/4-4-29 National Guard personnel and vehicle in foreground, crowd in the background
  31. 705/4-4-29A National Guard personnel and vehicle in foreground, crowd in the background
  32. 705/4-4-30A National Guard personnel and crowd shown from a distance
  33. 705/4-4-31A National Guard personnel, some kneeling with weapons, near a rope barrier
  34. 705/4-4-33 Tear gas, crowd near Taylor Hall
  35. 705/4-4-34 Tear gas launched through the air, some people are nearby
  36. 705/4-4-34A Tear gas, crowd near Taylor Hall
  37. 705/4-4-36 People gathered behind a rope barrier, Art Building is visible in background
  38. 705/4-4-36A National Guard personnel in the area near the burned out ROTC building, Power Plant is visible in background

705/5: May 5, 1970

  1. 705/5-1 KSU President Robert I. White addressing the media at a press conference

705/18: May 18, 1970

  1. 705/18-1-9 Sign reading "Kent State University Authorized Personnel Only" in foreground, police officer and vehicles in background (possible check-point)

709/28: September 28, 1970

Event covered is a memorial service in honor of the four slain students.

  1. 709/28-2-24A KSU President Robert I. White in the midst of a crowd of people (memorial service for slain students)
  2. 709/28-6-14 Dean Kahler and man in a military jacket (memorial service for slain students)
  3. 709/28-6-20 Dean Kahler on stage, with large audience in background (memorial service for slain students)
  4. 709/28-8-7 Dean Kahler speaks, others on stage look on (memorial service for slain students)
  5. 709/28-8-11 Dean Kahler on stage, shaking hands with a priest (memorial service for slain students)

715/3 - 715/4: May 3 - 4, 1971

Event covered is the first annual commemoration of the Kent State shootings, 1971.

  1. 715/3-3-12A A man stands near a cone marked with an "A" and holds a lantern, while others look on during candlelight vigil (first annual commemoration)
  2. 715/3-3-13 Evening photo, with tracers of candle light near Victory Bell in front of Taylor Hall (first annual commemoration)
  3. 715/4-1-13 Man speaking to a crowd on campus (first annual commemoration)
  4. 715/4-1-21 People lined up on both sides of street (first annual commemoration)
  5. 715/4-1-25 Crowd gathered outside campus building (first annual commemoration)
  6. 715/4-4-10A Man addresses a crowd, President White in background (first annual commemoration)
  7. 715/4-7-20 Man in tree takes photographs, a crowd looks on (first annual commemoration)
  8. 715/4-7-24 Woman addresses a crowd (first annual commemoration)
  9. 715/4-7-28 Man addresses a crowd (first annual commemoration)
  10. 715/4-7-29 Man wearing a Nixon mask addresses a crowd (first annual commemoration)
  11. 715/4-8-7 Dean Kahler on stage, looks on, President White in background (first annual commemoration)
  12. 715/4-8-11 Woman addresses a crowd, President White in background (first annual commemoration)
  13. 715/4-8-12 Woman addresses a crowd, President White in background (first annual commemoration)

755/4: May 4, 1975

Event covered is the fifth annual commemoration of the Kent State shootings, 1975.

  1. 755/4-5-11 Candlelight vigil May 4, 1975 (fifth annual commemoration)

775/4: May 4, 1977

Events covered include the seventh annual commemoration of the Kent State shootings and the Gym Annex/Tent City protest, 1977.

  1. 775/3-11 Aerial view of Gym Annex site, with surrounding buildings labeled, proposed footprint of annex outlined, and locations of injured and slain victims noted
  2. 775/4-3-8 Dean Kahler holds a candle where Jeffrey Miller died at the candlelight vigil (seventh annual commemoration)
  3. 775/4-6-23 Audience member, with tears in her eyes at May 4, 1977 ceremony (seventh annual commemoration)
  4. 775/4-6-30 "The truth demands justice" banner on front of stage, Dean Kahler and others including William Kunstler and Ron Kovic, are seated on stage (seventh annual commemoration)
  5. 776/29-1 Aerial view of Tent City, detail
  6. 776/29-2 Aerial view of Tent City

875/4: May 4, 1987

Event covered is the seventeenth annual commemoration of the Kent State shootings, 1987.

  1. 875/4-3-32 Man and woman holding candle where Jeffrey Miller died at vigil (seventeenth annual commemoration)

895/13: May 13, 1989

Event covered is the nineteenth annual commemoration of the Kent State shootings, 1989.

  1. 895/13-6-8A Man and woman holding candle at vigil (nineteenth annual commemoration)