Special Collections and Archives

Commission on KSU Violence records

Special Collections and Archives

Commission on KSU Violence records

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Finding Aid for the Commission on KSU Violence records

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 193-201

Author: Prepared by Kenton Daniels, April 1995, and Mary N.S. Richardson, January 2008.
Revisions: Extensively Revised November 2017; Cara Gilgenbach and Jasmine Jefferson
Descriptive Rules: DACS, 2nd edition


Origination: Kent State University. Commission on KSU Violence

Inclusive Dates: 1963-1976
Bulk Dates: 1970-1971
Extent: 5.16 cubic feet (10 boxes = 1 record storage box + 8 half-size record storage boxes + 1 custom box)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Abstract: The Commission on KSU Violence was assembled on May 8, 1970 by Kent State University President Robert I. White to collect information about the events leading up to the Kent State shootings. Materials in this collection include statements from faculty, staff, and students about the shootings, correspondence, reports, and subject files created by and assembled by the Commission in the course of conducting its business.


Historical Note: On May 8, 1970, Kent State University President Robert I. White assembled the Commission on KSU Violence. The Commission, or CKSUV or Mayer Commission, as it was commonly referred to, was charged with collecting statements about the May 4 shootings as well as investigating the causes of the event. All information gathered was to be assembled into a final report to White. However, the Commission was unable to reach a consensus report and presented its final reporting as a series of working papers. Additionally, selected members of the Commission elected to create and submit a "Minority Report." The original membership of the Commission was Harold M. Mayer (chair), Doris Franklin, John Doutt, John F. Ohles, Kathleen Whitmer, Robert T. Buckley, John Huffman, Benjamin G. McGinnis, George Urban, Jeffrey Zink, Kathleen Stafford, and Thomas Bond. Doutt and Ohles resigned from the Commission and were replaced by Leonard Konopa and Charles C. Chandler.

As the CKSUV investigated the May 4 shootings, the focus of its report evolved into examining not only the causation of the events of May 1-4, 1970, but also administrative attitudes, activities and policies prior to these events. Commission members realized that while the CKSUV was charged with the responsibility of taking statements there was no legal recourse to accrue testimony from government agencies, such as the FBI and the police. Since the Commission could not subpoena individuals to give testimony, it asked students to provide oral and/or written statements when they returned to campus to retrieve their personal belongings from the dorms. The CKSUV also sent out a mass mailing to all Kent State students, faculty, and staff asking for any information about the events occurring between May 1 through 4, 1970. The final report submitted to White is a group of working papers addressing the chronology and narrative of events leading up to May 4 and events in the immediate aftermath of the shootings; the attitudes and activities of the Kent State administration, faculty, and students; community relations; campus security; and political agencies.


Scope and Content: The Commission on KSU Violence records include statements submitted or made by students, faculty, staff, administrators, and others, subject files, administrative records of the Commission, and drafts and final versions of working papers or reports created by each of the major committees within the Commission. Also included are audio recordings of selected statements provided to the Commission and recordings of some of the body's meetings.


Arrangement: The collection is organized into the following series and sub-series.

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records

Series 2: CKSUV: Statements about the Events of May 1-5, 1970

Series 3: CKSUV: Responses to the "Faculty: Attitudes and Activities" Survey

Series 4: CKSUV: Audio-Visual materials


Preferred Citation: Commission on KSU Violence records. Special Collections and Archives. Kent State University Libraries.

Related Material: The Commission on KSU Violence should not be confused with the Commission to Implement a Policy of Nonviolence (better known as the Kegley Commission). For information on the Kegley Commission, see May 4 Collection, Boxes 102-104.

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. There are a number of magnabelt recordings in the collection, which cannot be accessed at this time due to their format.


Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 1: Foundational and Operational records

May 4 Collection - Box 193
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Charge, Role, and Procedures, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Compensation for Commission Members, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Members and Personnel, 1970-1971
    Scope and Content: Includes member and staff lists, correspondence on members, information about resignations and replacements for resigned members.
  4. CKSUV: Notes by Mayer (?), 1971
    Scope and Content: Notes, possibly by Harold Mayer, regarding the CKSUV matters.
  5. CKSUV: Resolutions, August-September, 1970; undated
  6. CKSUV: Scheduling and Absences of Members, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Stationery Letterhead and Envelope, undated
  8. CKSUV: Supplies and Equipment Requisitions, 1970-1971
    Processing Information: This type of documentation would not typically be retained, due to lack of historical value. It has been retained in this case due to possible historical interest in the mechanics of how the Commission operated and the materials it required to conduct its work.

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 2: Committee records

Scope and Content: This subseries includes records for four of the Commission's committees. The files include meeting notes and minutes, correspondence, documents compiled or examined by the committees, and other documentation created by these committees in compiling information for their area of focus. A full listing of committees within the Commission is available in the "Members and Personnel file," listed above in Series 1, Subseries 1.

May 4 Collection - Box 193
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Committee records: Administration, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Committee records: Community Relations, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Committee records: Faculty, 1970; undated
    Scope and Content: This file includes correspondence to/from the committee as well as some of the requested quadrennial review reports that the committee solicited from academic departments.
  4. CKSUV: Committee records: Faculty: Course Loads, August-September, 1970 (folder 1 of 3)
    Scope and Content: The committee on Faculty Attitudes and Activities requested course load reports for faculty in various academic departments for the 1969-1970 academic year. This file includes responses received by the committee.
    Arrangement: Responses are arranged chronologically by date of response.
  5. CKSUV: Committee records: Faculty: Course Loads, August-September, 1970 (folder 2 of 3)
    Scope and Content: The committee on Faculty Attitudes and Activities requested course load reports for faculty in various academic departments for the 1969-1970 academic year. This file includes responses received by the committee.
    Arrangement: Responses are arranged chronologically by date of response.
  6. CKSUV: Committee records: Faculty: Course Loads, August-September, 1970 (folder 3 of 3)
    Scope and Content: The committee on Faculty Attitudes and Activities requested course load reports for faculty in various academic departments for the 1969-1970 academic year. This file includes notes made by committee member Jeff Zink regarding data as well as typed compilations of course load information received from departments by the committee.
  7. CKSUV: Committee records: Law Enforcement, 1971; undated

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 3: Correspondence

Scope and Content: For the most part, this subseries includes correspondence created by or received by the CKSUV. However, there are also some examples of correspondence that did not originate with the Commission, but was forwarded to one or more of its members for information sharing purposes.

May 4 Collection - Box 193
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Correspondence: AAUP, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Correspondence: Coordinator of Commissions, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Correspondence: Form Letters, 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes letter sent from the CKSUV to a large number of recipients with requests for information, thanks for participation, and other matters related to the Commission's efforts to gather data and information.
  4. CKSUV: Correspondence: Mayer, Harold M., 1970-1971; undated
  5. CKSUV: Correspondence: Nixon, Richard M., 1970
  6. CKSUV: Correspondence: Ohles, John, 1970-1971
  7. CKSUV: Correspondence: Olds, Glenn A., 1972
  8. CKSUV: Correspondence: Urban, George, 1970-1971; 1976
  9. CKSUV: Correspondence: White, Robert I., 1970-1972
  10. CKSUV: Correspondence: Zink, Jeff, 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes "Statement on Pre-College Conference" by Jeff Zink, dated July 10, 1970. This item was included with Zink correspondence, but it unclear if it is associated with any particular piece of correspondence in this file.

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 4: Meeting records

Scope and Content: CKSUV meeting records typically include meeting agendas, minutes, transcripts, and attachments of documents discussed during a given meeting of the Commission.

Related Material: Some of the CSKUV meetings were recorded on audiotape. Please see the Audio-visual series for recordings of selected meetings. Meeting records of committees within the Commission are found in the Committee records subseries above.

May 4 Collection - Box 194
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Exhibits Presented at Meetings, May 1970; August 1970
  2. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 12, 1970
    Scope and Content: An agenda for a meeting of Robert I. White and Harold M. Mayer regarding the formation of the CKSUV.
  3. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 15, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 18, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 19, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 20, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 21, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 22, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 25, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 26, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Meeting records, May 27, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 1, 1970
  13. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 2, 1970
  14. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 12, 1970
  15. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 16, 1970
  16. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 23, 1970
  17. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 26, 1970
  18. CKSUV: Meeting records, June 30, 1970
  19. CKSUV: Meeting records, July 7, 1970
  20. CKSUV: Meeting records, July 14, 1970
  21. CKSUV: Meeting records, July 21, 1970
  22. CKSUV: Meeting records, July 24, 1970
  23. CKSUV: Meeting records, August 4, 1970
  24. CKSUV: Meeting records, August 12, 1970
  25. CKSUV: Meeting records, August 17, 1970
  26. CKSUV: Meeting records, August 19, 1970
  27. CKSUV: Meeting records, September 2, 1970
  28. CKSUV: Meeting records, September 9, 1970
  29. CKSUV: Meeting records, September 16, 1970
  30. CKSUV: Meeting records, September 23, 1970
  31. CKSUV: Meeting records, October 2, 1970
  32. CKSUV: Meeting records, October 9, 1970
  33. CKSUV: Meeting records, October 23, 1970
  34. CKSUV: Meeting records, October 30, 1970
  35. CKSUV: Meeting records, November 13, 1970
  36. CKSUV: Meeting records, November 20, 1970
  37. CKSUV: Meeting records, December 4, 1970
  38. CKSUV: Meeting records, December 18, 1970
  39. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 5, 1971
  40. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 8, 1971
  41. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 13, 1971
  42. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 15, 1971
  43. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 22, 1971
  44. CKSUV: Meeting records, January 29, 1971
  45. CKSUV: Meeting records, February 3, 1971
  46. CKSUV: Meeting records, February 10, 1971
  47. CKSUV: Meeting records, February 19, 1971
  48. CKSUV: Meeting records, February 26, 1971
  49. CKSUV: Meeting records, March 3, 1971
  50. CKSUV: Meeting records, March 12, 1971
  51. CKSUV: Meeting records, March 18, 1971
  52. CKSUV: Meeting records, April 2, 1971

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 5: Reports

Scope and Content: This subseries includes various versions of a formal report of the Commission along with drafts documents that underwent extensive revision before becoming the final versions of the sections of the Commission's report. Although the final drafts of these documents are typically referred to as the "final report," the cover memorandum created by the Commission to President Robert I. White indicates that it was unable to come to a consensus report. Therefore, it instead offered a compilation of "working papers" in lieu of a consensus report. Also included in this subseries is The Minority Report prepared by a sub-set of Commission members.

Processing Note: It was often difficult to determine the appropriate chronological order of some of the draft documents included in this subseries. The order of documents in each file reflects the processor's best determination of the appropriate order of draft documents and addenda. Dates provided in entries below are dates (when available) of various draft reports and final reports--not the dates of the events being described therein. Many of the final report drafts are undated, but were created in 1970-1971.

May 4 Collection - Box 195
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Memorandum to President White, 1971
  2. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Basic Philosophy, January 1971
  3. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Preface, November 1970-February 1971
  4. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Summary Chronology, 1971; undated
  5. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Narrative of Events, undated
  6. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Students-Attitudes and Activities, February 1971
  7. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Faculty-Attitudes and Activities, undated
  8. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Faculty-Attitudes and Activities: Notes, undated
  9. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Faculty-Attitudes and Activities: Notes by Jeff Zink, undated
  10. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Faculty-Attitudes and Activities: Problems and Solutions, undated
  11. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Community Relations, undated
  12. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Administration of the University, 1971
  13. CKSUV: Final Report Drafts: Image and Reality of Kent State, 1971; undated
  14. CKSUV: Final Report: Outlines and Notes on Recommendations, 1970-1971
  15. CKSUV: Final Report: Memorandum to President White, 1971
  16. CKSUV: Final Report: Basic Philosophy of the Report, 1971
  17. CKSUV: Final Report: Preface, 1971
  18. CKSUV: Final Report: Chronology Summary and Narrative, 1971
  19. CKSUV: Final Report: Students-Attitudes and Activities, 1971
  20. CKSUV: Final Report: Faculty-Attitudes and Activities, 1971
  21. CKSUV: Final Report: Campus Security, 1971
    Scope and Content: Working paper/report of the Commission's subcommittee on Campus Security. Title appearing on page one of this section is "Law Enforcement Agencies."
  22. CKSUV: Final Report: Political Agencies, 1971
  23. CKSUV: Final Report: Community Relations, 1971
  24. CKSUV: Final Report: Administration-Attitudes and Activities, 1971
  25. CKSUV: Final Report: Image and Reality of Kent State, 1971
  26. CKSUV: Minority Report, pages 1-100, February 1971
  27. CKSUV: Minority Report, pages 101-200, February 1971
  28. CKSUV: Minority Report, pages 201-333, February 1971

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 6: Subject files

Scope and Content: The subject files subseries includes materials gathered by or created by the CKSUV for reference purposes in the course of its work to investigate the causes, attitudes, and activities surrounding the Kent State shootings. Some of the materials included herein were part of an official set of reference materials maintained by the Commission for use by its members, but many items included do not appear on the list of reference materials. At the same time, many of the items appearing on the original reference materials list are not included in the collection as received by Special Collections and Archives.

May 4 Collection - Box 196
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Subject file: The Alternative, v 1 n 2, November 1969
    Authors: Simpson, David; Stewart, Michael; Greiner, Judy
  2. CKSUV: Subject file: Attitudes Among Students and Faculty on May 4, 1970, April 1971
    Author: Bond, Tom
  3. CKSUV: Subject file: Bulletin: Put Love First, May 10, 1970
    Scope and Content: A bulletin message from Faith Lutheran Church, Kent, Ohio on the Sunday following the Kent State shootings.
  4. CKSUV: Subject file: Call Log, May 2-5, 1970
    Scope and Content: Poor-quality photocopies of telephone call logs, possibly for Kent State University administrative offices for the dates of May 2 through May 5, 1970.
  5. CKSUV: Subject file: Campus Organizations, undated (but likely 1970)
    Scope and Content: A set of index cards, presumably compiled by the CKSUV with the names of campus organization, their faculty advisors, presidents, or other officers.
    Physical Location: This set of cards is filed in a separate box, labeled "Box 196, Folder 5."
  6. CKSUV: Subject file: Commencement Addresses, June 13, 1970
    Scope and Content: Typescripts of addresses given at the Kent State commencement ceremony held on June 13, 1970.
  7. CKSUV: Subject file: Commission on Commemorative Recognition, undated
  8. CKSUV: Subject file: Correspondence from English Instructors to Students, May 1970
  9. CKSUV: Subject file: Current Fire Report, v. 2 n. 6, 1970
    Publisher: Fire Safety Committee. Campus Safety Association. National Safety Council.
  10. CKSUV: Subject file: Enrollment at Kent State University, 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes enrollment figures for 1967-68 through fall 1970 at Kent State.
  11. CKSUV: Subject file: Enrollment of Universities in Ohio, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Subject file: Essays by Mrs. Kainsinger's Class, undated
    Scope and Content: A compilation of excerpts from students in a fifth grade class in their essays regarding "The Kent Incident."
  13. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: Battle of Algiers Film, July 1970
  14. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: Leftists Lift Lid on Revolutionary Plans, June 1969
    Author: Montgomery, Ed
    Publisher: The Free Enterprise (Phoenix, Arizona)
  15. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: SMC: Strike Nov. 14, undated (but likely 1969)
  16. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: Student Fund for Kent Damages, undated
  17. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: Wake Up!! Mr. & Mrs. America, undated
    Scope and Content: A flyer from an unidentified group.
  18. CKSUV: Subject file: Flyer: What Commies Said 51 Yrs. Ago!!, undated
    Scope and Content: A flyer from an unidentified group.
  19. CKSUV: Subject file: Groups Formed Concerning Crisis at KSU, June 16, 1970; undated
  20. CKSUV: Subject file: HPERA Meeting Notes, May-June 1970
    Scope and Content: Planning document for a meeting of Kent State University division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics with majors and a later meeting of division faculty. There are notes about how faculty might relate with students in the coming academic year. Also included is a document entitled "The Character of Undergraduate Education at Kent State University", which is undated and by an unknown author.
  21. CKSUV: Subject file: Inspection of Kent State Residence Halls, May-June, 1970
  22. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent Strike Paper, May-June 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes issues 4, 8, and 9. The title of this publication was changed to "Mayday" with issue 9.
  23. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent State University, Administrative Policy Book (excerpts), 1963-1968
  24. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent State University Faculty, undated
  25. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent State University Freshman Orientation Materials, 1969-1970
    Scope and Content: Includes some of the material shared with incoming freshman in the fall 1970 quarter: a DuBois Bookstore Fall 1970 Booklist for Freshman, a campus guide and map, a flyer from the Committee for Non-Violence, and a K Book Student Services Handbook (1969-70 edition).
    Physical Location: The map/guide from this file is oversized and filed in the map case.
  26. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent State University Political Education Program, undated
  27. CKSUV: Subject file: Kent Student Medical Fund, May-June 1970; undated
  28. CKSUV: Subject file: Legal Responses to Campus Disorder, 1969-1970
  29. CKSUV: Subject file: Newsrap Messages, May 10-August 23, 1970
    Historical Note: Newsrap was the name for an information phone line maintained at Kent State University to provide timely information to students and others in the KSU community. It was one of the venues utilized by the university in the months after the shootings to keep students informed on developments, including access to campus resources and services while the physical campus was closed to regular access.
  30. CKSUV: Subject file: Ohio General Assembly: Resolutions and Bills, 1969-1970
    Scope and Content: This file contains selected resolutions and bills of the 108th Ohio General Assembly, Regular Session, 1969-1970. The bills and resolutions generally pertain to campus unrest, student representation, the Kent State shootings, and other matters related to disruptions and campus unrest at colleges and universities. Also includes are "Remarks by...Charles F. Kurfess...Concerning Sub. S.C.R. 34," May 28, 1970, and a 1969 report of the Sub-Committee of the Education Committee dealing with unrest at state colleges and universities.
  31. CKSUV: Subject file: Ohio Legislative Service Commission Memoranda, May 14-18, 1970
    Scope and Content: A series of Legislative Service Commission memoranda on the topic of "Problems Relating to Disruptions on University Campuses." This set appears to be incomplete.
  32. CKSUV: Subject file: Ohio Legislative Service Commission Memoranda, May 28-July 29, 1970
    Scope and Content: A series of Legislative Service Commission memoranda on the topic of "Problems Relating to Disruptions on University Campuses." This set appears to be incomplete.

Series 1: CKSUV: Administrative records
Subseries 6: Subject files
(continued)

Scope and Content: The subject files subseries includes materials gathered by or created by the CKSUV for reference purposes in the course of its work to investigate the causes, attitudes, and activities surrounding the Kent State shootings. Some of the materials included herein were part of an official set of reference materials maintained by the Commission for use by its members, but many items included do not appear on the list of reference materials. At the same time, many of the items appearing on the original reference materials list are not included in the collection as received by Special Collections and Archives.

May 4 Collection - Box 197
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Subject file: Paper: Kent State Versus the Town, undated
    Author: Bixenstine, V. Edwin
    Scope and Content: Full title: Kent State Versus the Town: A Passion Play in Division.
  2. CKSUV: Subject file: Paper: The University: Challenge and Response, May 25, 1969
    Author: Kitner, Harold
  3. CKSUV: Subject file: Position Paper on Rockwell Library Parking Lot Construction, undated
    Author: Morgan, Craig
  4. CKSUV: Subject file: Postings to Students and KSU Community, May 2-3, 1970
    Scope and Content: Communications from Robert I. White and Frank Frisina to students and the Kent State community about incidents occurring May 1-2, 1970, the setting of a curfew in the City of Kent, and the presence of the National Guard on campus.
  5. CKSUV: Subject file: Program: Memorial Service for Kent State University Students, May 8, 1970
    Scope and Content: Program for a memorial service held in honor of the four students killed at Kent State held at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC)
  6. CKSUV: Subject file: Program: Requiem Mass in C minor: In Memoriam, June 3, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Subject file: Programming in the Area of Black Student Concerns at Kent State University, 1968-1970, August 1970
    Author: Wilson, Milton E., Jr.
  8. CKSUV: Subject file: Proposal for a National Service Corps, August 4, 1970
    Authors: Franklin, Wilbur M.; Moulds, George Henry
  9. CKSUV: Subject file: Questionnaire: Bureau of Educational Research, July 1970
  10. CKSUV: Subject file: Questionnaire: Counseling and Group Resources, June 1970
  11. CKSUV: Subject file: Questionnaire: Student Attitude Assessment Committee, May 1970
  12. CKSUV: Subject file: Reference Materials List, undated
    Scope and Content: The list of reference materials compiled and maintained by the CKSUV for the use of its members.
  13. CKSUV: Subject file: Remarks to Faculty Senate, June 25, 1970
    Author: Wilson, Milton E., Jr.
  14. CKSUV: Subject file: Report: Ohio Legislature Committee on Student Disorders Hearing, 1970
    Author: Bond, Tom
  15. CKSUV: Subject file: Report: The Student and the University, September 8, 1969
    Author: McMillen, Barclay D.
    Scope and Content: Full title: The Student and the University: A Perspective on Change. Includes report with appendices, plus a summary of the report by Jeff Zink and notes on a recorded interview regarding the report.
  16. CKSUV: Subject file: Report: Subcommittee on Easing Tensions in Education, undated
    Author: Office of Education. U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
  17. CKSUV: Subject file: Resolution: Radical Decentralist Project, May 1969
  18. CKSUV: Subject file: Resolutions Regarding War and Kent State Shootings, 1970; undated
  19. CKSUV: Subject file: ROTC at Universities, 1970-1971
  20. CKSUV: Subject file: Scranton Commission: Transcripts, 1970 (folder 1 of 3)
    Scope and Content: It is believed that these are transcripts that were prepared by the CKSUV based on audio recordings of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (Scranton Commission). This file includes transcripts of the testimony or partial testimony of Doris Amik, Michael Alewitz, General Canterbury, John Carson, General Del Corso, Dennis Durand, Glenn Frank, and Frank Frisinia. The transcripts include a number of spelling/typing errors, as well as errors in the names of persons and other entities.
  21. CKSUV: Subject file: Scranton Commission: Transcripts, 1970 (folder 2 of 3)
    Scope and Content: It is believed that these are transcripts that were prepared by the CKSUV based on audio recordings of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (Scranton Commission). This file includes transcripts of the testimony or partial testimony of John Huffman, Barbara Knapp, Jerry Lewis, Major Manly, Robert Matson, Craig Morgan, Robert Charles Perko, Robert T. Pickett, "Remarks by Red " during the Scranton Commission's viewing of a movie of the events of May 1-4, and Howard Edward Ruffner. The transcripts include a number of spelling/typing errors, as well as errors in the names of persons and other entities.
  22. CKSUV: Subject file: Scranton Commission: Transcripts, August 1970 (folder 3 of 3)
    Scope and Content: It is believed that these are transcripts that were prepared by the CKSUV based on audio recordings of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (Scranton Commission). This file includes transcripts of the testimony or partial testimony of Mayor Satrom, Steve Sharoff, Robert Stamps, Roy Thompson, Robert I. White, Warren (transcript lacks pages 1-13), Chester Williams, and James C. Woodring, Jr. The transcripts include a number of spelling/typing errors, as well as errors in the names of persons and other entities.
  23. CKSUV: Subject file: Sermon: Some Plain Talk about the Family, May 10, 1970
    Author: Pierson, Carl T.
  24. CKSUV: Subject file: Sign for ARCH 102 Final, Spring 1970
    Scope and Content: A hand-made sign announcing the location of the Arch 102 final has been moved to Faith Church basement, 931 Main St.
  25. CKSUV: Subject file: Statement by General Sylvestor Del Corso, May 4, 1970
  26. CKSUV: Subject file: Statement by Kent State Board of Trustees, undated (but likely summer 1970)
    Scope and Content: A statement from the Kent State University Board of Trustees about resumption of fall 1970 classes.
  27. CKSUV: Subject file: Statement to Subcommittee to Ohio Legislative Committee on Campus Unrest, January 21, 1971
    Author: Wenninger, Eugene P.
  28. CKSUV: Subject file: Statement to the NASULGC, November 9, 1970
  29. CKSUV: Subject file: Transcription: James A. Rhodes Statement, Kent, May 3, 1970
  30. CKSUV: Subject file: University Roles, Regulations, and Power, August 20, 1970; undated
  31. CKSUV: Subject file: We Care Newsletter, Summer 1970
    Publisher: Mothers of Servicemen (Pasadena, California)

Series 2: Statements about the Events of May 1-5, 1970

Scope and Content: Statements gathered by the Commission or offered by students, faculty, and staff to the Commission, primarily covering the events of the period of May 1-5, 1970. Statements were generated, for the most part, from May through August, 1970. It appears that some items were forwarded to the Commission by other offices, as some letters are not addressed specifically to the Commission, but rather to other Kent State offices. When a corrected or edited copy of a given statement is present, both the original and edited copies of the statement have been retained.

Arrangement: Statements are organized by type of narrator (student, faculty/staff, or others). Within each category, they are then arranged in alphabetical order by surname. In cases where statements were made jointly by two or more parties, the statement is filed alphabetically by the surname of the first party listed.

Subseries 1: Statements by Students

May 4 Collection -- Box 198
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Statements: Students: A, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Statements: Students: B, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Statements: Students: C, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Statements: Students: D, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Statements: Students: E, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Statements: Students; F, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Statements: Students: G, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Statements: Students: H, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Statements: Students: I, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Statements: Students: J, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Statements: Students: K, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Statements: Students: L, 1970
  13. CKSUV: Statements: Students: M, 1970
  14. CKSUV: Statements: Students: N, 1970
  15. CKSUV: Statements: Students: O, 1970
  16. CKSUV: Statements: Students: P, 1970
  17. CKSUV: Statements: Students: R, 1970
  18. CKSUV: Statements: Students: S, 1970
  19. CKSUV: Statements: Students: T, 1970
  20. CKSUV: Statements: Students: V, 1970
  21. CKSUV: Statements: Students: W, 1970
  22. CKSUV: Statements: Students: Y, 1970
  23. CKSUV: Statements: Students: Anonymous, 1970
    Restrictions on Access: Names have been redacted from this file of student statements, as statements were sent to Professor Ohles as part of course completion and grade assignment following the closure of Kent State on May 4, 1970.

Series 2: Statements about the Events of May 1-5, 1970
Subseries 2: Statements by Faculty/Staff

May 4 Collection -- Box 199
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: A, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: B, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: C, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: D, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: E, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: F, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: G, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: H, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: J, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: K, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: L, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: M, 1970
  13. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: N, 1970
  14. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: O, 1970
  15. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: P, 1970
  16. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: R, 1970
  17. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: S, 1970
  18. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: T, 1970
  19. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: W, 1970
  20. CKSUV: Statements: Faculty/Staff: Y, 1970

Series 2: Statements about the Events of May 1-5, 1970
Subseries 3: Statements by Others

Scope and Content: This subseries includes statements provided by parents of Kent State students, community members, and others, including unidentified parties.

  1. CKSUV: Statements: Others: A-K, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Statements: Others: L-Z, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Statements: Others: Anonymous, 1970

Series 3: Responses to the "Faculty: Attitudes and Activities" Survey

Scope and Content: This series includes responses provided to the "Subcommittee on Faculty Attitudes and Activities" of the Commission on KSU Violence. A memorandum from this subcommittee was sent to all Kent State faculty (including teaching assistants) on June 3, 1970, soliciting feedback on two major questions: 1) What do you believe were the basic causes of violence on this campus? and 2) What do you think should be done to avoid future violence on the campus? Also included are responses by selected Kent State University staff members. In some cases, the subcommittee interviewed specific faculty members, including departmental chairs, whose responses appear in the form of interview transcripts. In cases in which corrections were made to the original transcript, both copies (original and edited) are included.

Arrangement: Responses are organized in alphabetical order by surname.

May 4 Collection -- Box 200
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: A, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: B, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: C, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: D, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: E, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: F, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: G, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: H, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: J, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: K, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: L, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: Ma-Me, 1970
  13. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: Mi-My, 1970

May 4 Collection -- Box 201
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: N, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: O, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: P, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: R, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: S, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: T, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: U, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: V, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: W, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: Z, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Faculty Attitudes: Anonymous, 1970

Series 4: Audio-Visual materials
Subseries 1: Audio recordings

Physical Location: Original recordings now in storage as archival back-ups are shelved on the 11th floor.

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.

Recordings

  1. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Dickerson, Pat & Hale, Mike, June 1, 1970
  2. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Haenle, Tom, June 13, 1970
  3. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Howard, Walter; Runyon, Elizabeth; Shaw, Greg; Thackler, Russell, June 4, 1970
  4. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Iwas, Richard, June 6, 1970
  5. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Jacobs, William, May 28, 1970
  6. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Johnson, Mike and McCain, Jim, May 28, 1970
  7. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Kristopson, Louis Jr., June 30, 1970
  8. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: LaCamera, Joseph, June 30, 1970
  9. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Lang, Bruce, June 8, 1970
  10. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Miller, Marc, June 30, 1970
  11. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Reid, Harold S., June 12, 1970
  12. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Resch, William, June 16, 1970
  13. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Schott, Paul Allan and Geckler, Dawn, June, 1970
  14. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Statement: Tolliver, Lafe, May 18, 1970
  15. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 15, 1970
  16. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 15 and 18, 1970
  17. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 18 and 19, 1970
  18. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 20, 1970
  19. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 21-22, 1970
  20. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 25 and 26, 1970
  21. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 26, 1970
  22. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, May 27, 1970
  23. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, March 3, 1971
  24. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, March 12, 1971
  25. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, March 18, 1971
  26. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: Meeting Minutes, April 2, 1971

27.-38. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: President's Commission on Campus Unrest, (Scranton Commission), August 19-21, 1970
Other Copy Available: Please note that the recordings of Scranton Commission hearings are also held in the John C. Weiser papers, which duplicate the content listed here (items 27-35), and are available in digital format on our digital archive site.

  1. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: "Legislature's Disorder Hearing Report" by Tom Bond, June 26, 1970

40.-42. CKSUV: Audio Recordings: "Operation Quell," Talk back telephone program, May 3-4, 1970
Other Copy Available: Please note the recordings listed here as "Operation Quell" talk-back program (items 40-42) are held in the John C. Weiser papers, under the titles WKSU News Perspective and WKSU Operation Information and are available in digital format on our digital archive site.


Series 4: Audio-Visual materials
Subseries 2: Photographs

May 4 Collection -- Box 201
Folder -- Contents

  1. CKSUV: Photographs by Richard C. Harris, Jr., May 4, 1970
    Scope and Content: Documentation in this collection indicates that Harris, a Kent State University student at the time of the shootings, loaned four of his photographs to the Commission. Two photographs (with corresponding copy negative) have been identified as taken by Harris through use of published sources on the shootings. The other two provided by Harris remain unknown at this time due to lack of specific documentation on the sources of photographs in this collection.
    Restrictions on Use: Photographs may not be duplicated for uses other than personal research use until copyright status is clarified by Special Collections and Archives.
     
  2. CKSUV: Photographs: May 4, 1970
    Scope and Content: Additional photographs taken at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 are noted as having been provided by John Ohles, a member of the CKSUV. It is unclear if Ohles himself took the photographs or simply provided access to them to the Commission. This file includes 14 photographs (some with corresponding negative/copy negative), at least two of which might have been taken by Richard C. Harris, Jr. Identification of photographers is uncertain due to lack of specific documentation on the sources of photographs in this collection.
    Restrictions on Use: Photographs may not be duplicated for uses other than personal research use until copyright owner(s) and status are determined by Special Collections and Archives.
     
  3. CKSUV: Photographs: Damage to University Vehicle, June 19, 1970
    Scope and Content: Four color Polaroid photographs showing damage on a University vehicle. Photographs were taken by Kent State University Police Officer Richard Savelle.