Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Subject Files

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Subject Files

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May 4 Subject Files

May 4 Collection -- Box 116

Finding Aid
Prepared by Nancy Birk, September 19, 1995; Updated April 2015; Revised August 2017
1 record storage box, 1 cubic foot, 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection contains a miscellany of subject files related to the Kent State shootings, compiled by Special Collections and Archives over the years. Please note that information and sources by/about the subjects included in this collection may be found elsewhere in other sub-collections of the May 4 Collection.

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.


Box 116
Folder -- Contents

  1. Subject File: AAUP (American Association of University Professors) - Kent Chapter
  2. Subject File: Bibliographies
  3. Subject File: Cartoons (political), Comics (Note: Most items are photocopies.)
  4. Subject File: Chronologies
  5. Subject File: Commentaries: Fuldheim, Dorothy
  6. Subject File: Flyers (various groups), 1969
  7. Subject File: Flyers (various groups), 1970
  8. Subject File: Flyers (various groups), 1971-1979
  9. Subject File: Flyers (various groups), undated or year unknown
  10. Subject File: Funds, Endowments
  11. Subject File: Gallup Poll conducted for Newsweek (regarding who was responsible for Kent State shootings), May 25, 1970
  12. Subject File: Historical Markers
  13. Subject File: The Kent Four (sculpture) by Alastair Granville-Jackson
  14. Subject File: Kent State University in Exile at Oberlin
  15. Subject File: Kent 25
  16. Subject File: Krause, Arthur (obituary)
  17. Subject File: Mandel, Fred (obituary)
  18. Subject File: Maps, Diagrams
  19. Subject File: Marshals, Monitors (third party service)
  20. Subject File: Massacre of the Innocents at Kent State (painting) by John Gladstone
  21. Subject File: Mechanic, Howard
  22. Subject File: Norman, Terry, compiled by Joseph M. Sima
  23. Subject File: Petition: "An Open Letter to the Public," undated (but fall 1970)
    Scope and Content: A sample sheet, partially redacted, of a student petition completed in fall 1970 expressing the desire that Kent State University remain open despite "acts of those not associated with our university." The original files include hundreds of completed petition sheets. 
    Restrictions on Access: Original petition sheets are restricted due to the presence of information protected by privacy laws, but remain on file in Special Collections and Archives.
  24. Subject File: Postal Ephemera
  25. Subject File: Press Conference: Canterbury, Robert, transcript, May 6, 1970
  26. Subject File: Press Conference: White, Robert I., transcript, May 6, 1970
  27. Subject File: Prizes, Scholarships
  28. Subject File: Psycho House (supposed inspiration for house in Psycho book and film)
  29. Subject File: Resolutions, Official Statements
  30. Subject File: Sermons
  31. Subject File: Speeches: "A Report to Kent State," by Gary Orfield, October 6, 1970
  32. Subject File: Strubbe Tape, 2012
  33. Subject File: Surveys: Faculty Forum event, 1990
  34. Subject File: Surveys: The Impact of May 4, 1970 (excerpted from Kent State University Cultural Self-Study), 1998 
  35. Subject File: Surveys: Student Attitudes, May 26, 1970
  36. Subject File: Think Week 1970, late April 1970
  37. Subject File: Visitors' Passes and Log, Summer 1970
    Scope and Content: Sample visitors' passes and a visitors' log dating from summer 1970 when restrictions were placed on campus entry due to a legal injunction prohibiting "destructive activities" on campus being in effect.
  38. Subject File: Weathermen, The
  39. Subject File: Yale University Archives (Peter Davies, et al. decision to place May 4-related papers at Yale University)
  40. Subject File: Yippies (Youth International Party)