Helen M. and John C. Friese papers

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Helen M. and John C. Friese papers

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Helen M. and John C. Friese papers

Helen M. and John C. Friese papers

May 4 Collection - Box 120

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, January 8, 1998; Updated December 2017


Inclusive Dates: 1970-1995
Extent: . 50 cubic foot (1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Biographical Note: Helen M. Friese was an Executive Secretary in the Honors College at Kent State University and was on campus during the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. John C. Friese was Director of Food Services at the University and was responsible for feeding the members of the Ohio National Guard, the state police, and students who remained on campus following the shootings. The Frieses had been Kent residents for 12 years prior to 1970 and moved out of the area in 1972.


Scope and Content: This collection includes correspondence, clippings, and subject files related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath.


Acquisitions Information: These papers were donated to Special Collections and Archives on October 27, 1996. 

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.


May 4 Collection - Box 120
Folder -- Contents

  1. Correspondence, Helen Friese: 1970
  2. News clippings, May 1-3, 1970
  3. News clippings, Letters to the Editor after the shootings: 1970
  4. News clippings, local papers: May 5-6, 1970
  5. News clippings, outside Ohio: 1970
  6. News clippings, 1970-84
  7. News clippings, gym protest: 1977
  8. News clippings, docudrama: 1981
  9. News clippings, articles written by Helen Friese: 1975-95
  10. Speech, John Friese, Annual Meeting, National Association College, Universities Food Services, May 21, 1970
  11. Subject Files, Commemorations, 1971-78
  12. Subject Files, Commencement, 1970
  13. Subject Files, Miscellaneous Documents, 1970