Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings photographs from various sources

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings photographs from various sources

Important Notice: Due to a grant-sponsored project to digitize materials from the May 4 Collection, in-person use of the May 4 Collection is available by appointment only. Please help us serve you better by contacting us in advance to schedule an appointment for access to this collection.

Kent Sate Shootings Photographs from Various Sources

May 4 Collection - Box 109

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, July 21, 1995. Updated by Penny White, June 2013. Updated Jul 2018


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2000
Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 record storage box, 2 oversize folders)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection contains various photographs related to the Kent State shootings that have been donated to the Department of Special Collections and Archives. Provenance information for each piece (if known) can be found with the individual listing. The researcher is advised that other photographs on this topic may be found elsewhere in the May 4 Collection. There are also hundreds of photographs in the Kent State Shootings Digital Archive as well as a guide to photographs throughout the May 4 collection.

Processing Note: As of July 2018, this collection is being completely re-processed. Check back for updates to this finding aid. If you need assistance accessing this collection, please consult with Special Collections and Archives staff in advance.

Restrictions on Use: Donation of this material to the Department does not imply that copyright restrictions have been lifted. Copyright still resides with the creator. To obtain release, the researcher should contact the person(s) listed with the individual item. Copyright release is not necessary to view the materials for personal research purposes.


May 4 Collection - Box 109
Folder -- Contents

  1. Photographs (b&w): National Guard on the campus and in the city, May 1970. Donated by Elaine Grossman. No copyright restrictions
  2. Photographs (b&w): National guard on the campus. May 1970. Donated by Bill Brauning. No copyright restrictions
  3. Photographs (color): Mary Vecchio & John Filo, Emerson College, April 23, 1995. Donated by Stephanie Westmyer. No copyright restrictions.
  4. Photographs (b&w): May 4, 1970. Photos taken during the shootings by Paul Tople, when he was a student at KSU. He was a staff photographer at the Akron Beacon Journal since 1972, winning a Pulitzer Prize along with the Beacon staff for their 1970 coverage of May 4, 1970. Tople retains copyright (shelved in 12th floor map case)
  5. Photograph (b&w) and slides (color): From the Akron Beacon Journal, May 4, 1970. Photograph shows a student being put in an ambulance. Slides (18) show the National Guard on campus, undated. Beacon Journal retains copyright.
  6. Contact Sheets (b&w): The 14 sheets cover May 1-4, 1970, taken by L. Copeland. For research purposes only.
  7. Photographs (b&w): Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier. Record-Courier retains copyright.
  8. Photographs (b&w): Two photographs one of guardsmen in gas masks and the other shows people walking toward Taylor Hall. Taken by Ronald McNees, who retains copyright.
  9. Photographs (b&w): Cleveland Press photographs of students leaving campus, May 18, 1970. For research purposes only.
  10. Photographs (b&w): Commemoration Event, undated For research purposes only.
  11. Photographs (b&w): Headshot of Gene Sharp, May 4, 1977 speaker. For research purposes only.
  12. Photographs (b&w): UPI photo, May 4, 1978. Faculty in academic regalia assembled in front of the Victory Bell. Incudes a letter from picture editor from the New York Times, where the photo was published on May 5, 1978. For research purposes only.
  13. Photographs (color): Three photographs of the burned down ROTC building. For research purposes only.
  14. Photographs (color): Music and Speech Building takeover April 16, 1969. Taken by Connie Whipple. For research purposes only.
  15. Photograph (b&w): Crowd and National Guard near Pagoda (May 1970). For research purposes only.
  16. Photograph (b&w): Memorial--Bnai Brith Hillel and Kent State Faculty, 1975. For research purposes only. (shelved in 12th floor map case)
  17. Photographs(b&w): Firemen putting out burning ROTC building. For research purposes only.
  18. Photograph (b&w): Burned out ROTC building. For research purposes only.
  19. Photographs (color): National Guard in Kent and on campus. For research purposes only.
  20. Photograph (b&w): Student standing at a May 4th Memorial, 1977. [Photograph printed in Chestnut Burr, 1977, p. 40]. For research purposes only.
  21. Photograph (b&w): Two students at site of Jeffrey Miller's death, 1974. Taken by Larry Roberts. [Photograph printed in Chestnut Burr, 1974, p. 13]. For research purposes only.
  22. Photographs (b&w): Three photographs of protesters, undated. For research purposes only.