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May 4 Collection - Box 56
Author: Prepared by Scott L. Bills, July 2, 1980
Revisions: Updated by Penny White, June 2013; Re-processed by Haley Antell, March 2019
Descriptive Rules: DACS
Origination: Blazinski, Craig
Inclusive Dates: 1974-1981
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 document case and 4 oversize folders)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Language of Materials: English
Biographical Note: Craig Blazinski was an undergraduate student at Kent State University in the late 1970s. He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1980. As a student, Blazinski was involved with committees and groups formed after the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. He served as Chairperson of the May 4th Task Force for two consecutive years (1977-1978), and coordinated the Task Force's commemorative program of May 4, 1977, which featured, among others, Dean Kahler, Roseanne "Chic" Canfora, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, and attorney William Kunstler. Blazinski and several others from the May 4th Task Force resigned in April 1979, but he continued to be active in May 4 matters and played a role in the tenth anniversary commemoration in May 1980. Blazinski also represented the Task Force on the May 4 Observance Committee, established by KSU President Brage Golding in early 1978, and was involved with the May 4 Coalition.
Scope and Content: This collection contains materials generated by campus groups related to the annual commemorations of the Kent State shootings and the Gym Annex Protest of 1977, also known as Tent City. This controversy arose from the University’s proposal to build an annex to the gym on part of the site of the Kent State shootings. The materials in the collection document the ways in which the Kent State shootings were memorialized on the Kent Campus between 1976 and 1980. The bulk of materials pertain to the May 4th Task Force, and include correspondence, flyers, memorial booklets, and posters.
Arrangement: The papers have been arranged alphabetically by organization name, subject, and type of item.
Acquisition Information: The Craig Blazinski papers were donated to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives on April 26, 1980.
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.
Restrictions on Use: Blazinski has kindly donated to the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives whatever property and literary rights that he possesses in these materials.
Related Materials: See also the May 4th Task Force records, the Gym Annex Controversy records, and the Annual May 4 Commemoration records.
Alternate Form Available: This collection has been digitized and is available online. The inventory below includes links to the digital content.
May 4 Collection - Box 56
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