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Documenting the May 1970 Kent State Shootings
John Filo (left) with a camera in hand, overlooking the National Guardsmen and students on May 4, 1970. Photograph by James Coon, Kent State Shootings Photographs from Various Sources.
Kent State University was placed into the international spotlight on May 4, 1970, after members of the Ohio National Guard shot 13 students on campus during a demonstration. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded, including one who was permanently paralyzed from his injury. The May 4 Collection, established by the Kent State University Libraries in 1970, includes over 700 cubic feet of primary sources related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The collection is open to the public and is used by researchers from around the world.