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May 4 Collection - Box 70
Prepared by Kenneth D. Knape, May 1991; Updated November 2016; Revised April 2017
Inclusive Dates: 1970-1971
Extent: .33 cubic feet (1 document case)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Biographical Note: Harold Kitner began teaching art and art history at Kent State University in 1947. During his career, he served as Director and Chairman of the Fine Arts Division. Kitner played a significant role in creating the Art School’s core program, organizing the Kent State Arts Festival, and the Blossom Festival School. He also served as President of the Kent chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and was an art critic for the Akron Beacon Journal. In 1967, Kitner became Kent State University’s first Faculty Ombudsman, officially titled Dean for Faculty Counsel. He held this position until 1974. At the time of the Kent State shootings, Kitner’s position as Ombudsman meant that he was involved in many of the decisions regarding University administration in the weeks and months following the Kent State shootings. Kitner began a partial retirement in 1980, and left Kent to become the director of the Institute of the South Florida Art Center in 1990. He died on January 3, 2004.
Scope and Content: This collection documents Harold Kitner’s role as Faculty Ombudsman in the immediate aftermath of the Kent State shootings. Included are correspondence, flyers, memos, reports, statements, and other materials from Kitner, faculty members, and administrators involved in University governance surrounding the Kent State shootings.
Processing Note: The collection was formerly known as “Kent State University Department of Political Science May 4 records.” It was recently determined that this collection actually originated with Kitner and had erroneously been attributed to the political science department through a clerical error.
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 70
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