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May 4 Collection - Box 69
Prepared by John S. Skutnik, May 6, 1991. Updated by Penny White, December 2011. Updated September 2016
Inclusive Dates: 1968-1974
Extent: 0.33 cubic feet (1 document case)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Biographical/Historical Note: Horace A. Page was an instructor in the Psychology Department and Director of the department's clinical program in May 1970. Prior to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, Page gave a presentation on campus unrest and the generation gap to a Kent State University class studying contemporary issues. He gave a revised version of this speech, which incorporated comments on the events of May 4, to the Eastern Division of Managers who met in Alliance, Ohio in June 1970. This speech and associated research materials are included in the papers.
Following the May 4 incident, the Psychology Department faculty undertook to solve the problems that attended the closing of the University. A procedure for grading unfinished courses was implemented. Information relevant to this is included in memos between faculty and administrative staff. Students concerned with the closure of the University for the remainder of the Spring Quarter sent letters to "Concerned Kent State Student" at a post office box in Ravenna, Ohio. Some of these letters were apparently forwarded to Page. These letters are arranged alphabetically by the student's last name.
Various internal groups were formed in response to the Kent State shootings. This collection contains announcements, reports, resolutions, and statements from the University Commission to Implement a Commitment to Non-Violence, the Commission on Commemorative Recognition, the Commission on KSU Violence, and the Committee for Political Education. Additionally, there are minutes from a meeting of the Academic Administrative Advisory Council and a resolution on a commitment to non-violence passed by the University Faculty Senate.
When the University opened in the fall of 1970, the administration implemented a number of procedures to prevent further unrest on the campus. Information related to the reopening of the University can be found in the KSU Position Papers, a schedule for Think Week, and an announcement regarding third party service of marshals on campus.
Scope and Content: Page collected a number of documents that were produced or published after May 4, 1970. Each of these is retained in a separate folder. Of note is a National Guardsman's unsigned and undated eyewitness account of the events leading to and concluding with the shootings. The collection provides insight into the decision-making that took place at the University in the days and months following May 4.
Acquisition Information: Horace A. Page donated his materials to the Kent State University Archives on October 31, 1986. Page has also kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights that he possesses in this collection.
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.
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