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Jerry M. Lewis papers

Special Collections and Archives

Jerry M. Lewis papers

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Finding Aid for the Jerry M. Lewis papers

May 4 Collection - Boxes 19, 19A, 19B, 19C, 20, 20A, 20B, 20C, 20D, 20E

Author: John R. Brunswick, March 28, 1991
Revisions: Updated by Penny White, June 2013; Re-processed by Cara Gilgenbach, August 2017


Descriptive Rules: DACS
Origination: Lewis, Jerry M. (Jerry Middleton), 1937-
Inclusive Dates: 1968-2011
Bulk Dates: 1968-1972
Extent: 4.5 cubic feet (10 boxes=7 half-size record storage boxes, 1 slim document case, 2 flat oversized boxes)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Language of Materials: English


Abstract Jerry Lewis was professor of sociology from 1966 to 1996 at Kent State University, and witnessed the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970. This collection includes correspondence, scholarly works, student papers, and Lewis' collection of materials related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath.


Biography: Jerry M. Lewis (1937- ), professor emeritus of sociology, was a sociology professor at Kent State University from 1966 to 1996. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Cornell College, his Master's degree from Boston University, and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Lewis was an eyewitness to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, and he has since been involved in researching, memorializing, and lecturing about this tragic event. He has been interviewed numerous times by the local and national media about the shootings. He also has generously shared his experiences with countless numbers of students and visitors through presentations, interviews, and tours of the site of the shootings. A resident of Kent, Lewis was appointed to the Kent city council in January 1991.


Scope and Content: This collection contains the papers of Jerry M. Lewis relating to campus unrest in general, and the events of May 4, 1970, in particular. The collection includes subject files, scholarly publications by Lewis and others, clippings, artifacts, reports, and other materials created and collected by Lewis in the course of his career at Kent State University.


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.

Separated Materials: General clippings about the Kent State shootings and related topics have been removed from this collection and will be integrated into the May 4 Clippings, Magazines, and Journal Articles collection.


Sponsor: Digitization of this collection was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Arrangement: The Jerry M. Lewis papers are organized into the following series.


Series 1: Subject Files
Scope and Content: These files are comprised of materials that have been organized by subject, category, or type of item.

May 4 Collection - Box 19
Folder -- Contents

  1. AAUP: Correspondence and Publications, 1969-1972
    Scope and Content: Includes the Kent Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) "Report of the Special Committee of Inquiry," correspondence, and a national AAUP resolution on the "Kent State and Jackson State Tragedies."
  2. Address: Ahern, James F., May 3, 1971
  3. Address: Berggren, Håkan, June 17, 1995
    Scope and Content: Carleton University Convocation address. Includes remarks about Kent State. A cover letter by Jeff Sallot, who sent the address to Lewis, is included.
  4. Address: Frank, Glenn W., May 4, 1971
  5. Address: Gitlin, Todd, May 3, 1995
    Scope and Content: Two copies including rough draft sent via email and typescript.
  6. Address: Kaplan, Lawrence S. The Kent Heritage, August 27, 1977
  7. Address: Lewis, Jerry M. The May 4th Rituals, May 4, 1982
    Scope and Content: Two copies including manuscript and typescript.
  8. Address: Lough, Thomas. A Lesson in Democracy, undated
  9. Address: Mardian, Robert C. The Government’s Intelligence Function, November 17, 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: The Government’s Intelligence Function — A Right or Obligation? Photocopy typescript with sparse handwritten underlining and annotation.
  10. Address: Michener, James A., December 12, 1970
    Scope and Content: Typescript of a commencement address delivered by Michener at Kent State University on December 12, 1970.
  11. Address: Olds, Glenn A. "The Ship of Administration in a Sea of Legalism," April 23, 1975
  12. Address: Payne, J. Gregory. A Tribute to Glenn Frank, May 4, 1994
    Scope and Content: Full title: A Tribute to Glenn Frank: Just the Facts. Two copies, typescript, one with cover letter by Payn, dated July 25, 1994, included.
  13. Address: Merryman, Molly. May 4, 1999
  14. Anti-Communist Material by Peter Catania, 1995
    Scope and Content: Comprised of heavily modified and annotated flyers, clippings, and other materials dealing with the Vietnam War, progressive organizations, and the peace movement, some of which include the stamp "Sent by Peter Catania, MSG. USAR RET." Others are simply signed "P. Catania." Annotations generally reflect anti-Communist sentiments. This packet includes photocopies of items originally printed in the 1970s and early 1990s, several originating in the Buffalo, New York area, but apparently modified by Catania in or around 1995. References are made to contemporary figures such as Bill Clinton and the Gulf War. Jerry M. Lewis notes the material was unsolicited by him, but received by him in 1995.
  15. Article: Lewis, Jerry M. "Kent State: Lessons Learned," 1995
    Scope and Content: Correspondence, typescript drafts, and other materials associated with an article written by Lewis for Crowd Management magazine.
    Publisher: Published in Crowd Management.
  16. Article: Lewis, Jerry M. "May 4, 1970: A First Person Account," 1990
    Scope and Content: Typescript drafts and correspondence related to an article Lewis wrote for American History Illustrated magazine in 1990. The article is also referred to as "Black Day in May" in the correspondence included.
    Publisher: Published in American History Illustrated.
  17. Bibliographies: Books about Kent State Shootings, 1984; undated
  18. Black Student Walkout, November 1968
    Scope and Content: Includes memoranda, campus bulletins, Lewis's notes and edited partial typescript of "Black Student Walkout: 'You People,'" and other materials pertaining to the mass Black student/Black United Students walkout that occurred November 18, 1968.
    Physical Location: One oversized item is filed in the map case.
  19. Black Student Walkout: Clippings, November, 1968
  20. Book Chapter: Frank, Glenn, et al. "May 4th and Its Aftermath," undated
    Scope and Content: Appears to be a book chapter co-authored by Glenn Frank, Jerry M. Lewis, and Thomas R. Hensley. Printed header of "Chapter 10" and comprised of pages 57-62.
  21. Cartoons and Comic Strips Related to Kent State Shootings, 1970-1998
    Scope and Content: Photocopies of published political cartoons relating to the Kent State shootings. Most date from 1970 and 1971.
    Physical Location: Original paper section for one of the Doonesbury comic strips is oversized and is filed in the map case.
  22. Center for Peaceful Change, 1971-1984?
    Scope and Content: Includes CPC publications and an Ohio Board of Regents Program Excellence proposal. Many items are undated but believed to date from roughly 1971-1984.
  23. Chronology: Kent State University Events of April 30-June 22, 1970, undated
    Scope and Content: This chronology appeared in print in the Kent magazine issue of August 1, 1970 and is reprinted here.
  24. Chronology: White House and Youth, 1969-1971, undated
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Preliminary Chronology: The White House and Youth, 1969-1971." Source of document is unknown. Likely date of creation is 1971.
  25. Committee for Nonviolence: Flyer, undated
  26. Concerned Citizens of the Kent Community (CCC), April-May, 1969
    Scope and Content: Concerned Citizens of the Kent Community (CCC) was an organization formed in April 1969 in the aftermath of arrests and suspensions of students, several members of SDS, that resulted from a demonstration and occupation of the Music & Speech building on April 16, 1969. CCC was made up of a diverse group of faculty and students and focused on issues of due process and the rights and civil liberties of students on campus. This subject file includes flyers, memoranda, reports on the CCC campus referendum, clippings, and notes related to the aftermath of the Music & Speech building occupation event and CCC.
    Related Material: See also the subject file on Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and AAUP's "Report of the Special Committee of Inquiry," for related information.
  27. Correspondence: Cartwright, Carol A., October 18, 1991
    Scope and Content: Includes a personal note to Jerry M. Lewis and a signed copy of Cartwright's Inauguration program.
  28. Correspondence: Davies, Peter, 1971
  29. Correspondence: Engdahl, David E., September 1971
    Scope and Content: Includes a copy of Engdahl's memorandum to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees about legislation proposals regarding military troops and civil disorders.
  30. Correspondence: Kent State Faculty, Administrators, and Students, May-August, 1970
  31. Correspondence: Lewis, Jerry M., 1975-2002
    Scope and Content: General correspondence sent to Jerry M. Lewis in some way related to Kent State and May 4, 1970. In some cases, the letters were not originally written to Lewis, but forwarded to him by other parties for comment or consultation.
  32. Correspondence: Lough, Thomas: Guidelines for Class Disruptions, undated
  33. Correspondence: Lynch, Terrence A., 1984-1985
    Scope and Content: Includes a proposed monument design entitled "May 4th Apex Monument."
  34. Correspondence: McCoy, Robert, 1980; 1982
    Scope and Content: Two letters sent to the Kent State University administration regarding the shootings. These letters serve as examples of correspondence received over many years by the University from people across the country. At the time these letters were written, McCoy received and responded to such letters in his capacity as Vice President for Communications and Information Services.
  35. Correspondence: Ohio Council of Churches Study, July 27, 1970
  36. Correspondence: Perry High School Students, April 2002
  37. Correspondence: Pipman, Bruce, November 13, 1971
  38. Correspondence: Stewart, Dana L., July-August, 1971
    Scope and Content: Includes a letter from Major General Dana L. Stewart written to Sarah Scheuer and a letter from Stephen M. Young to Stewart in regard to that letter to Mrs. Scheuer.
  39. Correspondence: White, Robert I. to Parents of Kent State Students, July 21, 1970
  40. Course Materials by Jerry M. Lewis, 1979; 1995; 1996
  41. Faculty Marshals, 1970; 1972; 1987
  42. Film: The Boston Massacre: Press Kit, 1971
    Scope and Content: Promotional material related to a WQED NET Playhouse television docu-drama about the Boston Massacre. Jerry M. Lewis (listed as "Gerald Lewis" throughout the kit) depicted Robert Williams in the film. Two other cast members, Jim Minard and Jim Crocker, were affiliated with Kent State University. The kit includes a press release that draws parallels between the Boston Massacre event and the shootings at Kent State University.
  43. Film: Confrontation at Kent State: Flyer, undated
  44. Film: Kent 1970: Covering the Confrontation: Overview, 1971
  45. Film: Kent State, 1981; 1983
    Scope and Content: Clippings, flyers, and a letter regarding the television movie Kent State, which aired on NBC on February 8, 1981.
  46. Film: Kent State: 1970: Flyer, 1972
  47. Film: Letter to the Next Generation, 1990
    Scope and Content: Includes a synopsis, film prospectus, and clippings related to this film made by Jim Klein.
  48. Film: Passionate Plea: Treatment, undated (but 1995)
    Scope and Content: Full title: The Passionate Plea: Twenty Five Years to Heal: The Glenn Frank Story. A film treatment for a film about Glenn Frank and his role in preventing further bloodshed on May 4, 1970. Proposal prepared by Alan Frank.
  49. Film: Reflections in Stone: Treatment, undated
  50. Film: Untitled: Funding Proposal, 1971
    Scope and Content: A funding proposal made to the Kent State Student Government allocation committee for a film project (untitled) involving Marsha Linkwald, Peter Leon, Kerry Blech, Robert Wilkinson, and Charles Brill.
  51. Flyers: Kent State Organizations and Events, 1970-1978
  52. Halberstam, David: Speaker at May 4 Scholarship Fundraiser, 2000

Series 1: Subject Files (continued)
Scope and Content: These files are comprised of materials that have been organized by subject, category, or type of item.

May 4 Collection - Box 19A
Folder -- Contents

  1. The Kent Four: Sculpture by Alastair Granville Jackson, undated
  2. Kent State Due Process of Law Fund, 1978-1979
  3. Kent State Student Government: Flyers, Leaflets, 1970-1971
  4. Kent State University Faculty Senate: Actions July 1970-June 1971, 1971
  5. Kent State University Faculty Senate: Ad Hoc Committee on the Ohio Grand Jury Report, January 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: "An Analysis of the Ohio Special Grand Jury Report Prepared for the Kent State University Faculty Senate by an Ad Hoc Committee." Committee members were D. Ray Heisey, Kenneth R. Calkins, and Daniel C. Jones.
  6. Kent State University Faculty Senate: Meeting Minutes, May-October 1970
    Scope and Content: Comprised of meetings minutes of the Kent State Faculty Senate during the immediate aftermath of the shootings. Most of the meetings convened were special meetings rather than regular meetings of this body.
  7. Kent State University Information Packet, Fall 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes a number of official communications about policies and procedures on campus implemented during the immediate aftermath of the shootings. Includes a number of KSU Position Papers issued by the Office of the President.
  8. Kent State University Reference Booklet, 1969-1970, 1969
  9. Kent State University Student Life Handbook, 1973-74, 1973
    Illustrator: Chuck Ayers
  10. Kent Students Medical Fund Benefit, September 9, 1970
  11. Legal Case: Adamek, et al. v. Brown, et al., undated
  12. Legal Case: Federal Grand Jury: Clippings, 1973-1974
    Scope and Content: Includes clippings from the Akron Beacon Journal, Kent-Ravenna Record Courier, and Daily Kent Stater newspapers.
  13. Legal Case: Federal Grand Jury: Ehrlichman Memo, November 18, 1970
  14. Legal Case: Federal Grand Jury: Petition, 1971-1972
    Scope and Content: This file concerns calls for a federal grand jury to consider the Kent State shootings. Included in this file is detailed information about a petition drive by two Kent State University students, Paul Keane and Greg Rambo, to urge President Nixon to convene a federal grand jury to investigate the Kent State shootings. Keane and Rambo garnered over 10,400 signatures on the petition. Included are some materials given to Jerry M. Lewis by Paul Keane including a chronology of events related to the petition.
  15. Legal Case: Krause v. State/Rhodes, 1971; 1978-1979
  16. Legal Case: Pryor v. Davies: Amended Complaint, November 17, 1971
  17. Legal Case: Ravenna Special Grand Jury, 1970
    Historical Note: This is also referred to as the Ohio State Grand Jury or State Grand Jury.
  18. Legal Document: Modification of the Temporary Injunction, May 7, 1970
  19. Magazine Cover: "If you think the war in Vietnam is hell...", undated
    Scope and Content: Cover image Esquire magazine, College Issue, September 1967 with header: "If you think the war in Vietnam is hell, you ought to see what's happening on campus, baby."
    Physical Description: This item was originally framed, but has been removed from frame for preservation purposes. "Esquire" title from cover was trimmed off of the image, most likely in order to frame it.
    Physical Location: This item is filed in the map case.
  20. Manual: Lewis, Jerry M. "A Manual for Teaching May 4," 2010
  21. May Day Coalition: Flyers, 1971
  22. May 4 Ad Hoc Strike Committee: Flyers, 1976
  23. May 4 Oral History Collection, 1972-1973
  24. May 4 Site Brochure, 1980-2007
    Scope and Content: This file includes correspondence about the May 4 Site brochure that has been published by Kent State University since 1980. Also included are brochures dating from 1980, 1983, 1987, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2002, and 2007 which illustrate how the brochure has evolved.
    Processing Note: Dates for brochures are derived from brochure copy or date code imprinted on each.
  25. May Fourth Forum: Meeting Agenda, January 30, 1972
  26. May 4th Task Force, 1975-1978; 1989-1990; undated
  27. Media and Speaking Appearances of Jerry M. Lewis, 1977-2000
    Scope and Content: Includes correspondence, notes, and listings regarding Jerry M. Lewis's press interactions, interviews, and appearances as a guest speaker.
  28. National Historic Site/Landmark Status for Shootings Site, 1976-1978
    Scope and Content: Includes a nomination application completed by the May 4th Task Force in 1976 and "An Appeal to the Secretary of US Department of Interior" regarding National Landmark status for the site compiled in 1977-78.
  29. Newsletter: Bill Stanton, Congressman, June 1970
  30. Oberlin Proposals, May 1970
  31. Paper: Adamek, Raymond J. and Jerry M. Lewis. "Social Control Violence and Radicalization: Behavioral Data," 1975
    Scope and Content: Includes typescript of paper, undated, a reprint of the article as published in Social Problems (June 1975) and an abstract.
  32. Paper: Best, James J., et al. "Attitude Change and the Judicial Process," 1978
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Attitude Change and the Judicial Process: An Analysis of the 1975 Kent State Civil Trial Using Cognitive Consistency Theory." Co-authored by James J. Best, Thomas R. Hensley, and Marlyn G. Heller.
  33. Paper: Bills, Scott L. "Legacies of Protest: Kent State University After May 4, 1970," undated
    Scope and Content: Two variant typescripts of paper with annotations by Jerry M. Lewis.
  34. Paper: Engdahl, David E. "Soldiers, Riots, and Revolution," 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Soldiers, Riots, and Revolution: The Law and History of Military Troops in Civil Disorders." 119-page typescript, dated July 1, 1971. This paper was published in the Iowa Law Review, October 1971.
  35. Paper: Gorden, William I., et al. "Docudrama from Different Temporal Perspectives," undated
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Docudrama from Different Temporal Perspectives: the 'I was There' Challenge to 'Kent State,' co-authored by William I. Gorden, A. Bennett Whaley, Edmund P. Kaminski, and D. Ray Heisey.
  36. Paper: Gregory, Stanford W, Jr. and Jerry M. Lewis. "Norms into Forms," undated
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Norms into Forms: The Memorialization of May 4, 1970, at Kent State University." Typescript of paper and two copies of an outline of the paper's contents, one of which is heavily annotated. The date of this item is likely 1986 or 1987.
  37. Paper: Gregory, Stanford W, Jr. and Jerry M. Lewis. "Symbols of Collective Memory," 1987-1988
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Symbols of Collective Memory: The Social Process of Memorializing May 4, 1970, at Kent State University." Two typescripts of drafts of paper, one of which is annotated, and the paper as published in Symbolic Interaction. This paper appears to be a later version of "Norms into Forms" by the same authors.
  38. Paper: Hensley, Thomas R. "Kent State: The Violation of Citizens' Rights," undated
  39. Paper: Hensley, Thomas R. "The Kent State Trials," May 4, 1976
  40. Paper: Hensley, Thomas R. "The 1979 May 4th Federal Civil Trial," undated

Series 1: Subject Files (continued)
Scope and Content: These files are comprised of materials that have been organized by subject, category, or type of item.

May 4 Collection - Box 19B
Folder -- Contents

  1. Paper: Jacoubovitch, M. Daniel and Jerry M. Lewis. "Inter-Medium Agenda-Setting," undated
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Inter-Medium Agenda-Setting and the "Agenda-Setting Function" of the Mass Media: Newspaper and Public Responses to a Docu-Drama about the Shootings at Kent State."
  2. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "The Controversies of May 4," undated
  3. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "Faculty Response to the Vietnam Era and Kent State: Then and Now," 1995
    Scope and Content: Three drafts of paper, with annotations. Also included is an article by Lewis that appeared in the Stow Sentry newspaper regarding faculty response in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings.
  4. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "Kent - The Student's View," 1970 (folder 1 of 3)
    Scope and Content: Includes three drafts of the paper, one of which is lightly annotated, and another of which is a later work that included some aspects of the campus mood case study. Also included are essays written by students in Lewis' Collective Behavior class, who, after the University was physically closed following the May 1970 shootings, were given the option to complete two 1,500-word essays as a way of completing their coursework and obtaining a letter grade. The second essay was to be about the mood on campus prior to the events of May 4, 1970. Student responses were analyzed and formed the basis of the report written by Lewis on campus moods prior to the shootings. A set of cards with selected student essay excerpts are also included.
  5. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "Kent - The Student's View," 1970 (folder 2 of 3)
    Scope and Content: Includes three drafts of the paper, one of which is lightly annotated, and another of which is a later work that included some aspects of the campus mood case study. Also included are essays written by students in Lewis' Collective Behavior class, who, after the University was physically closed following the May 1970 shootings, were given the option to complete two 1,500-word essays as a way of completing their coursework and obtaining a letter grade. The second essay was to be about the mood on campus prior to the events of May 4, 1970. Student responses were analyzed and formed the basis of the report written by Lewis on campus moods prior to the shootings. A set of cards with selected student essay excerpts are also included.
  6. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "Kent - The Student's View," 1970 (folder 3 of 3)
    Scope and Content: Includes three drafts of the paper, one of which is lightly annotated, and another of which is a later work that included some aspects of the campus mood case study. Also included are essays written by students in Lewis' Collective Behavior class, who, after the University was physically closed following the May 1970 shootings, were given the option to complete two 1,500-word essays as a way of completing their coursework and obtaining a letter grade. The second essay was to be about the mood on campus prior to the events of May 4, 1970. Student responses were analyzed and formed the basis of the report written by Lewis on campus moods prior to the shootings. A set of cards with selected student essay excerpts are also included.
  7. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "The Quest for a Federal Grand Jury," 1974
    Scope and Content: Includes typescripts of paper, including a reading copy, heavily annotated, and copies sent to others for comment, also annotated. File also includes correspondence, bibliographic citations, research notes, and background materials.
  8. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "A Study of the Kent State Incident Using Smelser's Theory of Collective Behavior," August 9, 1971
  9. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. and Raymond J. Adamek. "Anti-ROTC Sit-In: A Sociological Analysis," 1974
  10. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. and Thomas R. Hensley. "The May 4 Shootings...The Search for Historical Accuracy," 1998
    Scope and Content: Full title: "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy," as published in OCSS Review, summer 1998.
  11. Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. and Thomas R. Hensley. "Teaching a Course on May 4th," undated
  12. Paper: Moore, Carl M. and D. Ray Heisey. "Not a Great Deal of Error...?" undated
  13. Paper: Quarantelli, E. L. et al. "Police Department Perceptions of the Occurrences of Civil Disturbances," 1974
    Scope and Content: Typescript of a paper co-authored by E. L. Quarantelli, J. Rick Ponting, and John Fitzpatrick.
  14. Paper: Taylor, Stuart P. "Violence Control on the Campus of Kent State University," undated
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Violence Control on the Campus of Kent State University: The Student's Perspective."
  15. Peace Defense League: Publications, 1990
  16. People's Coalition for Peace and Justice, 1971
    Physical Location: A poster from this file is oversized and filed in the map case.
  17. Play: 5-4-3-2-1-0: Ripon College, 1981
  18. Poetry about Kent State Shootings, 1971-1995; undated
    Scope and Content: Includes correspondence related to poetry in the file.
  19. Position Statement: Kent State Office of the President, July 15, 1971
  20. Poster: "flowers are better than bullets," undated
    Scope and Content: Includes a card published by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, that might have at one time been affixed to the front of the poster. Date and publisher of the poster itself are unknown.
    Physical Location: This item is filed in the map case.
  21. Poster: "the vietnam war is not something to be won or lost..." undated
    Illustrator: Designed by Fred Colcer
    Publisher: Kent State Veterans Against the War
    Physical Location: This item is filed in the map case.
  22. Presidential Commission on Campus Unrest, 1970-1971
  23. Proposal: Keane, Paul. Kent State May 4th Resource Center, 1973
  24. Prospectus: Communication Crisis at Kent State, undated (likely 1971)
  25. Prospectus: Kent State: What Happened and Why?, undated (likely 1971)
  26. Publication: The Alternative, Volume 1, Edition 1, 1970
  27. Publication: Campus Disorder and Cultural Counter-Revolution: A Bibliography, November 1970
    Scope and Content: Compiled by Nedjelko D. Suljak, Institute of Governmental Affairs, University of California, Davis.
  28. Publication: The Case for Abolishing ROTC, undated (likely 1972)
    Publisher: Members of the Joe Hill Collective for the May 4th United Front
  29. Publication: The Congressional Record (excerpts), June 1970-September 1973
  30. Publication: FACT, October 1977; March 1978
    Scope and Content: Published by Kent State F.A.C.T. (First Amendment Conservation Task Force), Paul Keane, Founder and Director. Included are volume 1, numbers 1 and 2.
  31. Publication: FYI (For Your Information), April-August 1970
    Scope and Content: Various issues of this Kent State University internal publication including April 23, May 15, May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 28, and August 9.
  32. Publication: Hare, A. Paul, et al. Kent State: The Nonviolent Response, 1971; 1973 (folder 1 of 2)
    Scope and Content: This file includes papers compiled by Hare and Jerry M. Lewis in preparation for a monograph. These works, by multiple authors were eventually published in a Monograph Series on Nonviolent Action (No. 5) through the Center for Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at Haverford College. This file includes correspondence and typescripts of publications that became part of this work. A paper by Stuart Taylor noted in a memorandum of 1973 is not present in the file.
    Related Material: See published version, located in the LC-classified book collection, described in KentLINK.
  33. Publication: Hare, A. Paul, et al. Kent State: The Nonviolent Response, 1971; 1973 (folder 2 of 2)
    Scope and Content: This file includes papers compiled by Hare and Jerry M. Lewis in preparation for a monograph. These works, by multiple authors were eventually published in a Monograph Series on Nonviolent Action (No. 5) through the Center for Nonviolent Conflict Resolution at Haverford College. This file includes correspondence and typescripts of publications that became part of this work. A paper by Stuart Taylor noted in a memorandum of 1973 is not present in the file.
    Related Material: See published version, located in the LC-classified book collection, described in KentLINK.

Series 1: Subject Files (continued)
Scope and Content: These files are comprised of materials that have been organized by subject, category, or type of item.

May 4 Collection - Box 19C
Folder -- Contents

  1. Publication: Kent Strike Paper, Number 4, May 22, 1970
  2. Publication: Kent 25 Plus, Volume 1, Number 1, November 4, 1970
  3. Publication: KSU Position Paper, October 1970; undated (likely 1971)
    Related Material: See also the file "Kent State University Information Packet, Fall 1970" for additional issues of the KSU Position Paper publication.
  4. Publication: Lough, Thomas S. Urban Disarmament, November, 1969
  5. Publication: Northeast Ohio Peace and Justice Calendar, May 1976
  6. Publication: Official Bulletin, Numbers 1-6, May 11-June 10, 1970
    Publisher: Kent State University
  7. Publication: Official National Lampoon Bicentennial Calendar, 1976
    Scope and Content: Includes an image and May 4 listing that references the Kent State shootings. Also included is a memo of transmittal from Jerry M. Lewis dated January 10, 1977.
    Physical Location: This item is filed in the map case.
  8. Publication: The Phoenix, Volume 1, Number 5, January 9, 1971
  9. Publication: Sharp, Gene. Perpetual Dissent or Fundamental Change?, 1977
  10. Publication: Strike Paper, Number 7, Hiram College, May 9, 1970
  11. Publication: Stump City: Kent 25 Special Victory Issue, undated
    Physical Location: This item is oversized and is filed in the map case.
  12. Publications: by Reverend John P. Adams, 1971-1972
    Scope and Content: Materials written by John P. Adams, Board of Christian Social Concern of The United Methodist Church. Includes a 53-page typescript of an article submitted by Adams to the Cleveland State Law Review.
  13. Questionnaire: Federal Grand Jury, July 16, 1974
  14. Report: Demographic Information on Freshman Classes of 1967 and 1968, Winter 1970
  15. Report: Discussion of the 1968 Freshman Class in the Areas of High School Grades, College Grades and ACT Scores, Spring 1969
  16. Report: Impact of May 4, 1970, 1998
    Scope and Content: A photocopied excerpt from the Kent State University Cultural Self-Study completed in 1998. This section provides an organizational analysis of the impact of May 4 on Kent State University.
  17. Report: Kent State Grand Jury, 1972
    Scope and Content: A report prepared by the Committee for Truth and Justice, which held a "federal grand jury" process on campus in the winter of 1971 and issued a report. Accompanied by a flyer for a grand jury event.
  18. Report: Presidential Commission on Campus Unrest, June 22, 1971
    Scope and Content: Full title: "Vol. 3 The United States Senate, Report of Proceedings, Hearing held before Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedures of the Committee on the Judiciary, Presidential Commissions, Tuesday, June 22, 1971, Washington, D.C." Includes pages numbered 163-241 with remarks by William Scranton, James Ahern, Joseph Rhodes, and Judge Matthew Byrne.
  19. Report: Re. Campus Security Policies and Operations, November 17, 1972
  20. Report: Student Interest in May 4th, 1970, March 5, 1976
  21. Report: United Methodist Christians and Kent State, 1977-1978; 1995
    Scope and Content: Includes 37-page "report of a dialogue concerning Christian social involvement," second draft, accompanied by correspondence and other documents concerning the General Board of the Church and Rev. John Adams' involvement in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings, including the Gym Annex protests.
  22. Research Proposal: Lewis, Jerry M. Proposal to Study the Scranton Report, 1988
  23. Resolution: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, May 12, 1970
  24. Resolution: National Council of Churches of Christ, September 10, 1971
    Scope and Content: File includes correspondence on a due process of law fund created by the same body.
  25. Resolution: Ohio Council of Churches, November 15, 1971
  26. Review Essay: Lewis, Jerry M. "The Telling of Kent State," 1971
    Publisher: Published in Social Problems, 19(2): 267-279.
  27. Reviews: Books about Kent State Shootings, 1971-1985
  28. Revolutionary Student Brigade: Flyers, 1975
  29. Screenplay: Wirth, Dick. "The Victim Within," 1978
  30. Statement: Comments on a Portion of the Portage County Special Grand Jury Report, November 6, 1970
    Author: Harold Kitner
  31. Statement: Legislative Control of Campus Unrest in Ohio, January 21, 1971
    Scope and Content: A formal statement written by Eugene P. Wenninger, Chair of the Kent State department of Sociology and Anthropology to the Subcommittee to Ohio Legislative Committee on Campus Unrest.
  32. Story: Janosko, Linda. "A Day in May," 1995
  33. Strike Papers, 1970
    Scope and Content: Includes a small group of papers related to the National Student Strike that occurred following the US invasion of Cambodia and the killings at Kent State and Jackson State. Materials from Case Western Reserve University, University of Connecticut, Jackson State, North Carolina State, University of North Carolina, and Penn State are present.
  34. Strike Papers: Ohio State University, April 30, 1970-May 1971
    Scope and Content: Administrative, faculty, and student papers generated at Ohio State University related to the student strike there following the Cambodian Invasion and the shootings at Kent State and Jackson State. This material appears to have been sent to Jerry M. Lewis by a colleague in the OSU sociology department, Jerry Wysong.
  35. Student Activism and Apathy, 1978-1982
  36. Student Information Sheet, May 2, 1970
  37. Student Mobilization Committee (SMC): Flyers, 1970
  38. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS): Flyers, Publications, 1969; undated
    Scope and Content: Includes Kent SDS flyers and its publication "Who Rules Kent?" Also included is the House Committee on Internal Security Hearings "Investigation of Students for a Democratic Society, part 2 (Kent State University)."
  39. Teach-in on Laos, February 1971
  40. Transcript: Never Forget Kent State Radio Program, 1990
    Scope and Content: Appears to be a translation and transcript of a portion of a Russian radio program entitled "Never Forget Kent State" that aired on the twentieth anniversary of the shootings.
  41. Young Socialist Alliance (YSA): Flyer, 1975
  42. Youth International Party (YIP; Yippies): Flyers, 1970; undated

Series 2: Commemorations

Scope and Content: This series includes a variety of files related to selected annual commemorations of the Kent State shootings that have taken place since 1971. Jerry M. Lewis was a member of several of the planning committees related to major anniversary years. Thus, for those years, there are additional materials on file reflecting planning committee work as well as typical files such as commemoration schedules and programs.

Related Material: The 1990 Commemoration coincided with the dedication of the May 4 Memorial. Please see Series 4 for related materials.

May 4 Collection - Box 20
Folder -- Contents

  1. 1971 Commemoration: Correspondence, March-April 1971
  2. 1971 Commemoration: Programs and Schedules, May 1971
  3. 1971 Commemoration: Remarks at Vigil, May 1971
  4. 1973 Commemoration: Program, Schedule, April 1973
  5. 1975 Commemoration: Ecumenical Service Program, May 4, 1975
  6. 1976 Commemoration: May 4 Ad Hoc Strike Committee, April-May 1976
  7. 1976 Commemoration: Schedule, May 1976
  8. 1978 Commemoration: Correspondence, April 1978
  9. 1978 Commemoration: Program, May 1978
  10. 1980 Commemoration: Address by Betty Kirschner, May 1980
  11. 1980 Commemoration: Clipping, May 8, 1980
  12. 1980 Commemoration: Correspondence, January 1980; April 1980
  13. 1980 Commemoration: Faculty Convocation Program, May 3, 1980
  14. 1981 Commemoration: Program, May 4, 1981
  15. 1982 Commemoration: Schedule, May 4, 1982
  16. 1983 Commemoration: Address by Gerald Newman, May 4, 1983
  17. 1984 Commemoration: Address by Thomas R. Hensley, May 4, 1984
  18. 1984 Commemoration: Schedule, May 3-4, 1984
  19. 1990 Commemoration: Correspondence, October 1989-May 1990
  20. 1990 Commemoration: Emerson College Events, March 1990
  21. 1990 Commemoration: Events, Programs, Schedules, April-May 1990
  22. 1990 Commemoration: Faculty Forum Sub-Committee, October 1989-June 1990
  23. 1990 Commemoration: Student Organizing Committee, January-May 1990
  24. 1990: Commemoration: Twentieth Anniversary Commission, September 1989-July 1990
  25. 1991 Commemoration: Correspondence, April-May 1991
  26. 1995 Commemoration: Coordinating Committee, 1994-1995
  27. 1995 Commemoration: Correspondence, 1995
  28. 1995 Commemoration: Events, Programs, 1995
  29. 1995 Commemoration: Jerry M. Lewis Calendar, August 1994-May 1995
    Scope and Content: Daily calendar notes by Jerry M. Lewis during the academic year that included the 25th May 4 Commemoration. Please note that calendar pages lacking annotation of any kind have been removed.
  30. 1995 Commemoration: Opera Flies by Halim El-Dabh, 1994-1995
  31. 2000 Commemoration: Coordinating Committee, May-December, 1999
  32. 2000 Commemoration: Coordinating Committee, January-May, 2000
  33. 2000 Commemoration: Events, Programs, March-May, 2000
  34. 2000 Commemoration: Prentice Parking Lot Markers, 1998-1999
  35. 2000 Commemoration: Symposium Subcommittee, August 1999-May 2000

Series 3: Gym Annex Controversy and Protest (Tent City)

May 4 Collection - Box 20A
Folder -- Contents

  1. Gym Annex: Administration: Correspondence and Statements, May-October, 1977; undated
  2. Gym Annex: Akron Beacon Journal Coverage, May-July, 1977
  3. Gym Annex: Bumper Sticker, undated
  4. Gym Annex: Chronologies, August 1977
  5. Gym Annex: Clippings, 1977
  6. Gym Annex: Faculty: Correspondence and Statements, 1977-1978
  7. Gym Annex: Flyers, Leaflets, July-September, 1977; undated
    Scope and Content: Flyers and leaflets created by a variety of organizations, other than the May 4 Coalition, in relation to the Gym Annex protest.
  8. Gym Annex: Legal Documents, July-October, 1977; undated
  9. Gym Annex: May 4 Coalition: Publications, May-October, 1977; undated
    Scope and Content: Flyers, leaflets, statements, and other materials produced by the May 4 Coalition in their protest against the building of the Gym Annex.
    Physical Location: Two issues of the May 4 Coalition weekly newspaper are filed in the map case.
  10. Gym Annex: Press Releases, June-August, 1977
  11. Gym Annex: Statement: Parents and Family of Slain and Wounded Students, August 4, 1977
  12. Gym Annex: Survey, August 1977

Series 4: May 4 Memorial

Scope and Content: Most of the material in this series relates to the national design competition to create an official May 4 Memorial at Kent State University that was initiated in 1985. However, earlier files relating to the creation of a memorial, including files generated by a memorial planning committee are included. Finally, materials related to the dedication of the May 4 Memorial in 1990 are also included.

May 4 Collection - Box 20A
Folder -- Contents

  1. May 4 Memorial: Clippings, 1985-1990
    Scope and Content: Selected clippings related to the Memorial. Several clippings deal with the Ohio Chapter of the American Legion's condemnation of the idea of a memorial to the victims of the Kent State shootings.
    Related Material: Additional clippings related to the development of a memorial on campus can be found in the May 4 Clippings, Magazines, and Journal Articles collection.
  2. May 4 Memorial: Committee, 1983-1985
    Scope and Content: Includes correspondence, agendas, meeting notes, and final report of the "May 4 Memorial Committee" established in December 1983, which conducted its work throughout 1984.
  3. May 4 Memorial: Correspondence, 1982; undated
  4. May 4 Memorial: Design Statements, undated
  5. May 4 Memorial: Fundraising, 1987-1988
  6. May 4 Memorial: Groundbreaking Ceremony, January 1989
  7. May 4 Memorial: Maps of Site, 1989; undated
  8. May 4 Memorial: Marker Committee, April 1975
  9. May 4 Memorial: May 4th Task Force Views, 1989-1990; undated
  10. May 4 Memorial: Notes, 1989; undated
    Scope and Content: An assortment of handwritten notes related to the memorial and dedication programming. Some of the notes appear to be in Jerry M. Lewis's hand.
  11. May 4 Memorial: UFPA Statement, undated
  12. May 4 Memorial: Dedication: Correspondence, January-May 1990
  13. May 4 Memorial: Dedication: Press Releases, January 1990
  14. May 4 Memorial: Dedication: Programs, 1990
  15. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Correspondence, 1986; 1988-1989
  16. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Jury, undated (likely 1986)
  17. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Photographs, 1986; undated
  18. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Press Conference, April 4, 1986
  19. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Press Releases, 1985-1986
  20. May 4 Memorial: Design Competition: Program, December 2, 1985

Series 5: Student Projects

May 4 Collection - Box 20B
Folder -- Contents

  1. Student Project: Anderson, Julie. Individual Investigation Paper, December 10, 1990
  2. Student Project: Armstrong, Cara. Untitled Paper on May 4 Memorial, December 15, 1993
  3. Student Project: Bednarek, Kara Michelle. "One Daisy Remained Standing," undated
  4. Student Project: Edmondson, Jay. "Thirteen Seconds on May 4," 1990
    Scope and Content: A student paper, which includes transcripts from interviews with Jerry M. Lewis, Alan Canfora, and others. Also includes a letter from Edmondson to Lewis.
  5. Student Project: Frazier, Susan. "Justification and Responsibility," May 30, 1978
    Scope and Content: This is a student paper written for "Perspectives on May 4th."
  6. Student Project: Greiner, Aaron. "May 4, 1970: The Day the War Came Home," undated
  7. Student Project: Guzio, Matthew D. "Probing Interview," 2011
  8. Student Project: Hiner, Nora. "Peace Marshals," May 30, 1978
    Scope and Content: This is a student paper written for "Perspectives on May 4th."
  9. Student Project: Jackson, Katherine A. "Q-Analysis of an Incident of Collective Behavior," June 1972
    Scope and Content: A Kent State University Honors College thesis, advised by Jerry M. Lewis.
  10. Student Project: Morgan, Brenda. "Ritual Response to the Kent State Shootings," 1990
  11. Student Project: Osborn, John. "The Church as an Interest Group in the Kent Case," March 10, 1974
    Scope and Content: Appears to be a student project, but this is uncertain. This paper was originally included in the background materials for Jerry M. Lewis's paper about the quest for a federal grand jury. It appears Osborn performed research work for Lewis on that project.
    Related Materials: See also in the Subject Files series: Paper: Lewis, Jerry M. "The Quest for a Federal Grand Jury," 1974.
  12. Student Project: Pastore, Cristina, et al. "Looking Back at Kent State," March 11, 1995
    Scope and Content: Includes information on a History Day project co-authored by Cristina Pastore, Thomas Wakefield, John Wendle, and Caroline Wojtkowski. Also includes note of thanks from students to Jerry M. Lewis.
  13. Student Project: Phillips, Mike. "The Kent State Massacre: Who Was to Blame?" March 31, 1983
    Scope and Content: Photocopy of a student paper apparently sent to Jerry M. Lewis.
  14. Student Project: Salladay, Susan C. "Peace Marshalling," May 30, 1978
    Scope and Content: This is a student paper written for "Perspectives on May 4th."
  15. Student Project: "Smelser v. Lewis," 1974?
    Scope and Content: An unattributed student paper submitted to Jerry M. Lewis. Author's name is unknown.
  16. Student Project: Viezer, Timothy W. A Study of the May 4th Coalition Using Smelser's Theory of Collective Behavior, August 1982
    Scope and Content: A Kent State University Honors College thesis, co-advised by Jerry M. Lewis and Thomas R. Hensley.
  17. Student Projects: College of Lake County, 2000
    Scope and Content: Includes correspondence, clippings, and student reflection papers from a College of Lake County (Illinois) Protest Literature class taught by Sean P. Murphy. Jerry M. Lewis met with the class during its visit to Kent State and provided a tour of the site of the Kent State shootings.
  18. Student Projects: Correspondence, 1991-2001; undated
    Scope and Content: A small selection of letters written to Jerry M. Lewis by students regarding interviews and other assistance provided to them on May 4 related projects. Most of the students contacted Lewis for assistance with National History Day competition projects.
  19. Student Projects: Sample Papers, 1983-1990
    Scope and Content: Student papers that were copied for Jerry M. Lewis for his use in subsequent courses to show to other students as "model" projects or examples of work that he found compelling.
    Restrictions on Access: Due to the presence of grades and evaluative commentary, the names and other identifying information of the authors of these papers have been redacted at this time.

Series 6: Artifacts

May 4 Collection - Box 20C
Folder -- Contents

  1. Armband: Peace Marshals, 1974 or 1975
  2. Armband: Remember Kent and Jackson State; Stop the Draft, undated (likely early 1970s)
  3. Armbands: Committee for Nonviolence Marshals, 1971
  4. Candlelight Vigil: Paper Candle Holder, undated

May 4 Collection - Box 20D
Contents

  1. Facilitator Award, 2008
    Scope and Content: Includes award and information about it. This award was presented by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law to the May 4, 1970 Kent State University Faculty Marshals, represented by Jerry Lewis.

May 4 Collection - Box 20E

Scope and Content: This box contains the protest button collection of Jerry M. Lewis as he organized it into four display trays. The publisher/creator and date for most of these buttons are unknown.

Tray - Contents

  1. Protest Buttons: Annual May 4 Commemorations, 1977-2008; undated
    Extent: 26 buttons
    Publisher: Many of these buttons would have been produced by the May 4th Task Force for annual commemorations.
  2. Protest Buttons: Kent State/Jackson State/Kent 25, 1970; undated
    Extent: 16 buttons
    Scope and Content: Many of the buttons reference Kent State and Jackson State. Others refer to the slain students and the Kent 25.
  3. Protest Buttons: Mary Vecchio, 1990; 1995; undated
    Extent: 4 buttons
    Scope and Content: Buttons featuring the image of Mary Vecchio, one of which is signed by Vecchio. Included are a flyer and a program from 1995.
  4. Protest Buttons: Peace Themes, 1969-1970; undated
    Extent: 57 buttons