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Schedule a facilitated recording session with a trained oral history team member (all recordings are being done over the phone due to the COVID-19 public health crisis)
Submit your own audio recording of your story (if longer than 20 minutes, we recommend option #1)
You can choose to upload a written version instead; we want participation to be as accessible as possible
Since the Oral History Project's founding by Sandra Perlman Halem for the 20th Commemoration of May 4 in 1990, Special Collections & Archives has recorded, permanently archived, and provided access to audio recordings of people's stories about the Kent State Shootings and their aftermath. Over 160 first-hand accounts have been contributed to date and are essential historical resources for writers, students, and other researchers. Personal narratives submitted in writing are also being collected and archived.
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 personal account would be preserved in this archive and become part of the historical record.
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