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Stuart P. Taylor papers

Special Collections and Archives

Stuart P. Taylor papers

Special Collections and Archives

Stuart P. Taylor papers

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Stuart P. Taylor papers
Inclusive Date(s): 1970-1998
Bulk Date(s): 1970-1972
Author: Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Campion, October 2023
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth Campion using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2023
Origination: Taylor, Stuart P.
Extent: 0.33 cubic feet (1 document case)
Physical Location: 12th floor (May 4 Collection, Box 26)
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0226
Abstract: An Associate Professor of psychology in 1970, Stuart P. Taylor, was a scholar who had published several studies researching aggressions. This collection includes materials that detail student responses and reactions to the events surrounding May 1970 Kent State shootings and their aftermath.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Stuart P. Taylor

Stuart P. Taylor (1939-) is a Kent State University Professor Emeritus of psychological sciences. He was an Associate Professor of psychology at the time of the shootings on May 4, 1970. Taylor worked with doctoral candidates, Richard Shuntich, Leslie McGovern, and Robert Genthner, in creating a detailed questionnaire sent to Kent State University students, undergraduate and graduate. The purpose of this questionnaire was to determine the attitudes and reactions of all students during the week of May 4, 1970 and to assess for the future. The results of the completed and returned questionnaires were analyzed and later published in his book entitled, Violence at Kent State: May 1 to 4, 1970 The Students' Perspective. Taylor has published several studies researching aggressions while also teaching at Kent State University for over thirty years.

Scope and Content

This collection contains the papers of Stuart P. Taylor relating to the student response and reaction survey he created surrounding the events of May 4, 1970, and their aftermath. The collection includes survey responses, news clippings, correspondence, and other materials associated with his book entitled, Violence at Kent State: May 1 to 4, 1970 The Students' Perspective.

Statement of Arrangement

The Stuart P. Taylor papers are arranged in the following three series:
Series 1: Subject Files
Series 2: Student Questionnaires
Series 3: News Clippings and Periodicals

Separated Material

Selected works by Stuart P. Taylor are shelved separately and catalogued in KentLINK.

Related Material

Additional news and articles about Stuart P. Taylor's research and tenure at Kent State University can be found in the Daily Kent Stater Digital Archive.

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.

Preferred Citation

Stuart P. Taylor papers. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives by Stuart P. Taylor in 2023.

Controlled Access Headings
The following are found in this collection:

Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University -- Students -- Attitudes
College students -- Ohio -- Kent -- Attitudes
Violence -- Research -- Ohio -- Kent
Kent (Ohio) -- History -- 20th century
Taylor, Stuart P. -- Archives
Kent State University. Department of Psychology
Psychology -- Study and teaching
College teachers
Material Types:

Detailed Description of the Collection
Box 26
Series 1: Subject Files, 1970-1998
Box 26 / Folder 1
Correspondence: To/From Stuart Taylor, May 14, 1970-June 18, 1970
Scope and Content
Includes correspondence from Taylor to President White proposing a student questionnaire.
Box 26 / Folder 2
Taylor, Stuart: Curricula Vitae, 1998
Box 26 / Folder 3
College Notes & Texts, Inc., 1970-1971
Scope and Content
Includes a fully executed Standard Author's Royalty Agreement with the publishers, correspondence, and photographs with corresponding captions.
Restrictions on Use
Copyright for photographs in this file is not owned by Kent State University. For research use only.
Box 26 / Folder 4
Grand Jury Report, October 16, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 5
University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-Violence, May 21, 1970-September 30, 1970
Scope and Content
Includes appointment to the Commission, its charge, and membership.
Box 26
Series 2: Student Questionnaires, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 6
Student Questionnaire and Correspondence, May 16, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 7
Student Questionnaire: Responses, B40-B45, undated
Box 26 / Folder 8
Student Questionnaire: Responses D41-D677, undated
Box 26 / Folder 9
Student Questionnaire: Responses, K150, June 10, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 10
Student Questionnaire: Responses, M1-M766, undated
Box 26 / Folder 11
Student Questionnaire: Responses, P13-P1392, June 3, 1970, undated
Box 26 / Folder 12
Student Questionnaire: Responses, RS2010, June 11, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 13
Student Questionnaire: Responses, Unidentified, undated
Box 26 / Folder 14
Student Questionnaire: Results and Notes, undated
Box 26
Series 3: News Clippings and Periodicals, 1970-1972
Box 26 / Folder 15
Taylor Study: News Clippings: Akron Beacon Journal, October 26, 1971
Box 26 / Folder 16
Taylor Study: News Clippings: The Cleveland Press, October 23, 1971
Box 26 / Folder 17
Taylor Study and Opinion Editorial: News Clippings: The Daily Kent Stater, 1971-1972
Box 26 / Folder 18
Taylor Study: News Clippings: Kent State University FYI, October 18, 1971
Box 26 / Folder 19
Taylor Study: News Clippings: The Plain Dealer, November 20, 1970
Box 26 / Folder 20
Taylor Study and Special Committee: News Clippings: The Record-Courier, 1970-1971
Box 26 / Folder 21
Periodical: Axelrod, "Kent Violence - Student Views" Behavior Today, October 26, 1970