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May 4 Collection -- Box 11
Prepared by Katie Panko and Virginia Dressler, August 16, 2006; Updated 2012; December 2016
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1970
Extent: 1.0 cubic foot (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 12th floor; oversized materials are shelved in map case
Biographical Note: G. Dennis Cooke began his career at Kent State University in 1967 as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and was teaching at the University during the time of the shootings on May 4, 1970. Cooke received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kent State, and a Master of Science and a Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Iowa. He retired from Kent State University as Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences.
Scope and Content: The bulk of this collection dates from approximately the first three to four months after May 4, 1970. Included are letters sent by Kent State University faculty during the summer after the shootings, meeting minutes of the Faculty Senate and the University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-Violence, and reports created by the various task forces with which Cooke was involved. The collection also contains lists of the task forces and other internal bodies created in response to May 4. A significant portion of the materials pertain to the conflicting opinions surrounding the ROTC's continued presence on campus.
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.
Sponsor: Digitization of this collection was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
May 4 Collection: Box 11
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