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May 4 Collection -- Boxes 130 and 130A
Author: Nancy Birk
Revisions: Updated June 2009; February 2016; February 2017. Last Updated: March 2021.
Inclusive Dates: 1999-2000
Extent: 1.33 cubic feet (1 record storage box and 1 AV box)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Language of Materials: English
Historical Note: The 30th Annual Commemoration of the Kent State shootings included events spanning from January through July, 2000. The theme, "Peace: Learn It, Live It, Teach It," was reflected in the programming, which included speeches, panels, musical performances, and dance. President Carol Cartwright created and charged the 30th May 4 Commemoration Committee (30th M4CC) "to develop a theme for the 30th May 4 Commemoration activities which places this historic event in the life of the University and the nation within the broader context of the democratic values which are the foundation of American society. To develop a theme around which organizations and departments can plan a special week of remembrance and commemoration during the days surrounding May 4, 2000, that is in keeping with the words on the May 4 Memorial -- 'inquire, learn, and reflect'." The committee was composed of over 30 members of the faculty, students, and staff of Kent State University along with community members, and was co-chaired by Richard Bredemeier and John Jameson.
Scope and Content: The collection contains the records of the 30th May 4 Commemoration Committee, and other materials that document the 30th Annual Commemoration of the Kent State shootings. Included are agendas, minutes, and correspondence of the committee, and promotional materials related to the many events of the Annual Commemoration. The collection also contains video recordings of many of the 30th commemoration events.
Arrangement: The 30th Annual May 4 Commemoration records are organized into the following series:
Related Material: The Annual May 4 Commemoration records include programs, promotional materials, and photographs from the 30th Annual May 4 Commemoration.
See also the records of the May 4th Task Force which was primarily responsible for organizing and coordinating annual commemorations.
There are audio-visual materials from selected commemorations in the following collections:
Significant collections of records related to other major anniversaries are available in the following collections:
Sponsor: Digitization of the audiovisual materials in this collection was supported by a Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
May 4 Collection - Box 130
Folder -- Contents
Series 2: Audiovisual Materials
Arrangement: Materials are arranged chronologically.
Physical Location: Original recordings now in storage as archival back-ups are shelved on the 11th floor.
Alternative Form Available: These recordings have been digitally captured and most are available online by clicking the title links below.
Restrictions on Access: Researchers should be directed to use the digital copies of these recordings as originals are not playable due to format and preservation concerns.