Kent State Shootings: Submit Your May 4 Story

The Special Collections & Archives reading room is closed, and all in-person (physical, face-to-face) services are suspended at this time. We are here to help! Please contact us to discuss how we can best serve you during this time.

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings: Submit Your May 4 Story

The Special Collections & Archives reading room is closed, and all in-person (physical, face-to-face) services are suspended at this time. We are here to help! Please contact us to discuss how we can best serve you during this time.

Special Collections and Archives

Kent State Shootings: Submit Your May 4 Story

Here you can share your own audio recording of your May 4 story (NOTE: if your audio recording might be longer than 20 minutes or so, we recommend contacting us to schedule a facilitated recording session). If you prefer, you can upload a written account of your memories and experiences.

These prompt questions can help you get started with recording or writing your May 4 story:

  • Could you share some brief background information such as where you were born and where you grew up?

  • Where were you living in 1970 and what was your connection to Kent State University (if any)?

  • Could you talk about your experiences during the week and weekend prior to the shootings on May 4, 1970?

  • What are your memories from that day, May 4, 1970?

  • What did you experience during the aftermath, for example, during the summer of 1970 or during events such as the “Tent City” controversy?

  • What impact did these historic events have on your life over the years?

Please Note: Your submission will be reviewed by Special Collections and Archives staff to determine whether or not it will be archived in the May 4 Collection.

 

Please print your name as you would like it to appear in the May 4 Collection

In consideration of the recording and preservation of my oral history narrative by the Kent State University Department of Special Collections and Archives, I the narrator (interviewee), hereby release all right, title, or interest in and to all of my recorded narratives to Kent State University and declare that they may be used without ANY RESTRICTION whatsoever, and may be copyrighted and published by the said University, which may also assign said copyright and publication rights. This includes the rights of publication in electronic form, such as placement on the Internet for access by that medium.

Files must be less than 500 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt mp3 ogg wav m4a.