Kent State Shootings: Oral History Project

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings: Oral History Project

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings: Oral History Project

TELL YOUR STORY

The May 4 Kent State Shootings Oral History Project

Since 1990, Special Collections & Archives has recorded, permanently archived, and provided access to oral history accounts of the Kent State Shootings and their aftermath. Over 125 interviews have been contributed to date and are essential historical resources for students and other researchers.

The May 4 Oral History Project Seeks accounts from ALL perspectives:
  • Kent State alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators who were on campus that day
  • residents of Kent and nearby communities
  • members of the Ohio Army National Guard
  • local law enforcement officers and staff
  • local hospital personnel
  • people whose voices have been historically underrepresented in the May 4 archive
  • any persons whose lives were affected by these historic events

Also sought: accounts of events that took place during the aftermath of the shootings such as the investigations and court cases, the Gym Annex (“Tent City”) controversy, and the Memorial Design Competition.

Our friendly oral history team is available to record your account throughout the year (recordings can be done in person or by telephone). Oral history recording sessions will be available during the 2020 commemoration weekend; please contact us in advance as soon as possible.

Oral Histories are Archived in the May 4 Collection

Special Collections & Archives houses the May 4 Collection, one of the largest archives related to the Kent State Shootings and their aftermath. More than 50,000 items from this archive are now available in digital format online, along with oral histories and audiovisual materials. Our archivists and librarians have in-depth expertise in assisting researchers, filmmakers, students and others to access archival resources associated with May 4. Your oral history would be preserved in this archive and become part of the historical record.

Please Contact Us
  • To find out more  
  • To make arrangements to record your story

Or complete our online Oral History Interest Form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.