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James Huebner papers

Special Collections and Archives

James Huebner papers

Special Collections and Archives

James Huebner papers

James Huebner papers

May 4 Collection - Box 65

Finding Aid

Author: Scott L. Bills, November 17, 1980
Revisions: Updated January 2017; Re-processed by Haley Antell, January 2023
Inclusive Dates: 1977
Extent: 0.16 cubic feet (1 slim document case)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Language of Materials: English

Biographical Note: James Huebner was an undergraduate student at Kent State University in the late 1970s. He was an active participant in the May 4 Coalition, a group that was formed in response to the University’s decision to build a new gymnasium annex partially situated on the site of the Kent State shootings. As a member of the May 4 Coalition, Huebner protested the construction of this building. He was a resident of Tent City (or Tentropolis), an area of the building site where objectors camped out in tents in order to prevent construction. He also served as chairman of many of the mass meetings of the May 4 Coalition, before nearly 200 people were arrested and forcibly removed from the site in July of 1977.

Huebner graduated from Kent State University in 1982.

Scope and Content: The bulk of this collection contains papers relating to the Gym Annex Controversy (Tent City). Included are materials generated by the May 4 Coalition and other student groups that opposed the construction of the gym. The collection is composed of flyers, news releases, newsletters, letters to the editor, and other writings. 

Arrangement: The collection is organized alphabetically by format or type of material.

Related Materials: See also the Gym Annex Controversy records. Researchers can find many other related collections within the May 4 collection by using the May 4 Collection Index page and viewing collections listed under "Gym Annex Controversy."

Acquisitions Information: James Huebner donated his materials to the Kent State University Archives on July 28, 1980.

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.

Restrictions on Use: Huebner has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights that he possesses in these materials.

Alternative Form Available: This collection has been digitized and is available online. The inventory below includes links to the digital content.

May 4 Collection - Box 65
Folder -- Content

  1. Bumper Sticker: “Remember Kent State Move the Gym,” circa 1977
  2. Calendar and Chronology: May 4 Coalition, 1977
  3. Campus Maps, circa 1977
  4. Center for Peaceful Change: Questionnaire, 1977
  5. Correspondence: Huebner, John from Michael Schwartz, 1977
  6. Letter to the Editor: Canfora, Alan, June 15, 1977
  7. Letter to the Editor: May 4 Coalition, circa 1977
  8. Faculty Associations and Committee Statements: 1977 and undated
  9. Flyers: May 4 Coalition, 1977 and undated
  10. Flyers: Various Student Organizations, 1977 and undated
    Scope and Content: Flyers from groups including Blanket Hill Council, Kent Legal Defense Fund, Portage County Committee for Free Speech, Revolutionary Student Brigade, Spartacus Youth League, and Young Socialist Alliance.
  11. Handwritten Note on Non-Violence, undated
  12. News Clippings, 1977
  13. Newsletter: Call to Action, June 1977
  14. Newsletter: Kent Weekly, 1977
  15. Newsletter: The Tree City Sprout, no. 2, May 13, 1977
  16. Newsletter and News Release: F.A.C.T., 1977
  17. Poem: Letter from an Invisible Greek by d. a. levy, 1968
    Restrictions on Access: This item is protected by copyright and is currently unavailable in digital format. Please consult paper original in the collection for research use.
  18. Poster: May 4 Coalition, 1977
  19. Press Releases: Kent State University, 1977
  20. Press Releases: May 4 Coalition, 1977
  21. Reports: May 4 Coalition, 1977
  22. Subject File: Student Government, 1977
  23. Writings: May 4 Coalition, 1977