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May 4 Collection -- Boxes 171 and 172
Prepared by Nancy Birk, 28 April 1998; Updated August 2016; Updated October 2017
Inclusive Dates: 1968-2000
Bulk Dates: 1970-1985
Extent: 2 cubic feet (1 record storage box + 1 oversize box)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Biographical Note: John Ford Ohles (July 30, 1920 - January 15, 1988), Emeritus Professor of Education, was a faculty member at Kent State University from 1966 until 1985. His university service included membership on the KSU Commission on Violence (1970), and he was chair of the KSU Memorial Marker Committee (1975 and 1979-80). In 1982, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Norway. Ohles was a member of several scholastic honorary societies and professional organizations. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II (1942 - 1946). Before coming to Kent, Ohles was a high school teacher in Minnesota and Iowa and a member of the faculties at State University Colleges of New York at Freedonia and Cortland.
Scope and Content: This collection begins in the late 1960s with correspondence and faculty newsletters pertaining to campus unrest and the events leading up to May 4, 1970. The bulk of the collection relates to continued student unrest and remembrance of the May 4 shootings, including the B'Nai B'rith Memorial Marker in the Taylor Hall parking lot and the Gym Annex protest (Tent City). The collection also contains commemorative programs, flyers, newsletters and publications, photographs, slides, and posters.
Related Material: KSU Commission on Violence; Gym Annex Controversy (Tent City); Collection on George Segal’s Abraham and Isaac sculpture.
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.
May 4 Collection -- Box 171
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May 4 Collection -- Box 172
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