Special Collections and Archives

May 4 20th Commemoration records

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 20th Commemoration records

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Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: May 4 20th Commemoration records
Inclusive Date(s): 1985-1991
Bulk Date(s): 1990-1991
Author: Finding aid prepared by Kristin Cole
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Anita Clary using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2017
Origination: Kent State University
Extent: 1 cubic feet (1 record storage box)
Physical Location: 12th floor (May 4 Collection, Box 105)
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0187
Abstract: The collection contains records related to the May 4 20th Commemoration, which occurred in 1990, and includes correspondence, press releases, programs, and other documents.
Revision(s):
July 2017 - Revised by Anita Clary
Language(s): The records are in English

History of May 4 20th Commemoration

The 20th Commemoration of the shootings on May 4, 1970 remains one of the largest attended of all the annual gatherings. Preparations began a few years in advance, culminating in the official creation of the May 4 20th Anniversary Commission, at the behest of President Michael Schwartz, in 1989. Among other obligations, the Commission issued a report with recommendations for the Commemoration. These recommendations included the establishment of a platform party and a list of possible speakers and events for May 4, 1990. In addition, the May 4 Memorial, designed by Bruno Ast, was formally dedicated at the 20th Commemoration on May 4, 1990.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials pertaining to the 20th Commemoration of the Kent State shootings that occurred on May 4, 1970. These materials include correspondence, Memorial Dedication Ceremony documents, periodicals, press releases, a photograph and bio for George McGovern who spoke at the Commemoration, programs for various events, and other documents.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Related Material

Records from other May 4 commemoration events may be found in the following collections: Jerry M. Lewis Papers; Annual May 4 Commemoration Records; May 4 25th Anniversary Coordinating Committee Records; 30th May 4 Commemoration Committee Records.

Preferred Citation

May 4 20th Commemoration records. May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970 -- Anniversaries, etc.
Kent State Memorial (Kent, Ohio)
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970 -- Memorials
Kent State University -- History
Kent State University. May 4 20th Anniversary Commission -- Archives
Kent (Ohio) -- History
Functions:
Special events -- Planning
Occupations:
College teachers
College administrators
Material Types:
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Administrative records
Press releases
Business correspondence
Correspondence



Detailed Description of the Collection
Box 105 / Folder 1
Case Study: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of a National Tragedy, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 2
Correspondence: Families, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 3
Correspondence: General, 1989-1990
Box 105 / Folder 4
Correspondence: Media, 1989-1990
Box 105 / Folder 5
Course Syllabus: May 4 and Its Aftermath, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 6
Expenses: University News and Information, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 7
Flyers: May 4 Programs, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 8
Jackson State and Kent State Commemorative Conference, May 5-6, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 9
Kent Radio Newsline and May 4, undated
Box 105 / Folder 10
May 4 Commission, 1989-1990
Box 105 / Folder 11
May 4 Faculty Forum, undated
Scope and Content
The May 4 Faculty Forum was a subcommittee of the May 4 Commission.
Box 105 / Folder 12
May 4 Site and Memorial Brochures, undated
Box 105 / Folder 13
May 4 Task Force 20th Anniversary Program, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 14
May 4 Media Coordination, undated
Box 105 / Folder 15
May 4 Photos Request, 1989-1990
Box 105 / Folder 16
May 4 Dedication Ceremony Invitation Letters and RSVPs, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 17
May 4 Dedication Ceremony Logistics, 1990
Box 105 / Folder 18
May 4 Dedication Speaker, George McGovern, 1990
Scope and Content
Includes a photograph of George McGovern and speaker bio.
Box 105 / Folder 19
May 4 Programs, 1989-1990
Scope and Content
Includes Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony, Remembrance Week, and Memorial Dedication Ceremony programs.
Box 105 / Folder 20
Memorial Design Competition Press Coverage, 1986
Box 105 / Folder 21
Memorial Fundraising, 1987-1990
Box 105 / Folder 22
Memorial Groundbreaking Ceremony Planning, 1988-1989
Box 105 / Folder 23
Newsclippings: General, 1980-1990 and undated
Scope and Content
Mostly related to commemoration events and funding for the Memorial.
Box 105 / Folder 24
Periodical: American History Illustrated, 1990, 1991
Box 105 / Folder 25
Periodical: Life, May 1990
Box 105 / Folder 26
Periodical: Public Service Reporter, June 1990
Box 105 / Folder 27
Periodical: Schema, Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 1990
Box 105 / Folder 28
Press Kit, undated
Box 105 / Folder 29
Press Releases, undated
Box 105 / Folder 30
Schwartz, Michael Op Ed Article, 1990