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May 4 Collection - Box 189
Prepared by Dyani Scheuerman, January 17, 2003; Updated November 2012
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1971
Extent: .16 cubic foot (1 slim document case)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Biographical Note: Chuck Ayers (1947 - ) graduated from Kent State University with a degree in graphic design. While studying there, he drew cartoons for the Daily Kent Stater and the Akron Beacon Journal, where he later became editorial cartoonist. Ayers created the popular comic strip "Crankshaft" with Tom Batiuk. In 2000, Ayers and Batiuk created a "Crankshaft" Comic Strip Thirtieth Anniversary Story Arc about the KSU shootings, the originals of which are now part of the May 4 Collection. He has taught cartooning for Kent State University and the University of Akron. In 1986, Ayers received a first place award for editorial cartoons from the Ohio Associated Press.
Scope and Content: This collection contains photographs taken on the Kent State University campus on May 1-4, 1970, as well as a book of cartoons related to KSU that were originally published in the Daily Kent Stater and Akron Beacon Journal. The photos include images of student speakers, student protestors, national guard personnel and vehicles, various campus locations, and some episodes of confrontation between students and guardsmen. The captions below were provided by Ayers. The book contains both satirical representations of everyday campus life and more serious interpretations of the events occurring on May 4, as well as a cartoon which was nominated for the Pulitzer and appeared in numerous papers nationwide.
Alternative Form Available: The photographs in this collection have been digitized and are viewable online by clicking on the link for each photograph below.
Processing Information: The captions and photograph descriptions below were provided by Chuck Ayers.
Restrictions on Use: Ayers has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights he possesses in this collection of photographs.
May 4 Collection -- Box 189
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