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Emil Dansker May 4 papers

Special Collections and Archives

Emil Dansker May 4 papers

Special Collections and Archives

Emil Dansker May 4 papers

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Emil Dansker May 4 papers
Inclusive Date(s): 1970-1995
Bulk Date(s): 1970-1972
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rennie Greenfield, November 2015
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Rennie Greenfield using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2015
Origination: Dansker, Emil
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor (May 4 Collection, Box 215)
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0168
Abstract: This collection contains papers and research gathered by Emil Dansker regarding the Kent State shootings. It also has documents detailing the creation of the documentary Covering the Confrontation.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Emil Dansker

Dansker is the founder and director emeritus of the National Conventions Project, which gives student journalists the chance to cover political conventions and presidential inaugurations. He was a founding member of the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in 1967. He supervised a project in 1971 with students at Bowling Green State University to produce a documentary on the Kent State University shootings the previous year, under the auspices of the SPJ. The documentary has been seen around the world. After years as a reporter for publications such as The Toledo Blade, The Dayton Daily News, and The Cincinnati Enquirer, Dansker taught journalism at Bowling Green State University for 16 years and Central State University for ten years. He retired in 1996.

Scope and Content

This collection looks at the events of May 4, 1970 through the lens of journalists who covered the story. It includes proposals, abstracts, notes, research, budgets, scripts, and promotional materials from the creation of the film Kent 1970: Covering the Confrontation. It also contains several articles and papers that show how journalists reported on the shootings and their aftermath. There are news clippings and press releases, as well as photographs and slides from the day of the shootings.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into the following five series:
Series 1: Covering the Confrontation
Series 2: Papers and Articles
Series 3: Clippings
Series 4: Press Releases
Series 5: Photographs

Preferred Citation

Emil Dansker May 4 papers. May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Emil Dansker gave these papers to Jan Leach who donated them to the archives in 2010.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Kent State University--History
Kent (Ohio)--History
Dansker, Emil
Cartwright, Carol A., 1941-
Lewis, Jerry M. (Jerry Middleton), 1937-
Michener, James A. (James Albert), 1907-1997
Windhauser, John W. (John William), 1943-
Bowling Green State University
Documentary films -- Authorship
Material Types:
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Kent 1970: Covering the Confrontation

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Covering the Confrontation, 1970-1995
Box 215 / Folder 1
Abstract, Proposal, and Summary, 1970-1971
Box 215 / Folder 2
Notes, undated
Box 215 / Folder 3
Scripts and Credits, 1970
Box 215 / Folder 4
Budget, 1970
Box 215 / Folder 5
Research Materials - Associated Press Wire Service, 1970-1971
Box 215 / Folder 6
Research Materials - General, 1970
Box 215 / Folder 7
Promotional Materials, 1970-1995
Box 215 / Folder 8
Correspondence, 1971
Box 215 / Folder 9
Correspondence, 1972-1974
Box 215 / Folder 10
Correspondence, 1975-1995
Box 215 / Folder 11
Correspondence, undated

Series 2: Papers and Articles, 1970-1995
Box 215 / Folder 12
"Reporting the Kent State Incident" American Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, 1971
Box 215 / Folder 13
Bruss, James: "Commentary on May Activities University News Service", undated
Box 215 / Folder 14
Cartwright, Carol: "Inquire. Learn. Reflect. The Evolution of Student Activism", 1995
Box 215 / Folder 15
Krighbaum, Hillier: "Cluttering Up the News Picture", 1972
Box 215 / Folder 16
Lewis, Jerry: "Review Essay: The Telling of Kent State", 1971
Box 215 / Folder 17
Michener, James A: "Commencement Address delivered at Kent State University, 12 December, 1970", 1970
Box 215 / Folder 18
Weiser, John C: "Non-Commercial Radio Serves University in Crisis", 1971
Box 215 / Folder 19
Windhauser, John W: "How the Metropolitan Press Met the Challenge of Reporting the Kent State University and Other Campus Disorders", 1972

Series 3: Clippings, 1970-1995
Box 215 / Folder 20
Clippings: 1970, 1970
Box 215 / Folder 21
Clippings: 1971-1995, 1971-1995
Box 215 / Folder 22
Clippings: Foreign Language Newspapers, undated
Box 215 / Folder 23
Clippings: undated, undated

Series 4: Press Releases, 1995
Box 215 / Folder 24
Press Releases for the 25th Annual Commemoration, 1995

Series 5: Photographs, 1970
Box 215 / Folder 25
Photographs, 1970
Scope and Content
Photographs of National Guardsmen, students, and unidentified members of the press taken on the Kent State campus, May 4th, 1970.
Box 215 / Folder 26
Slides, undated