May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

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May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

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May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

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May 4 Memorabilia and Artifacts

May 4 Collection--Boxes 124, 124A, 124B, 124C, 124D, 124E, 124F, 124G, 124H

Finding Aid

Prepared by Sterling V. Fleischer, September 9, 1997; updated January 2012 by Penny White; Last Updated: May 2021


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2009
Extent: 8.33 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes + 4 flat oversized boxes + one tube container + 1 media box + 1 bully box)
Physical Location: 11th and 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection contains memorabilia and artifacts pertaining to the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970.  It contains items which commemorate the four dead and nine wounded, in addition to artifacts that may have been used during events, annual commemorations, and the 1977-78 Gym Annex protest.

Restrictions on Access: Some information included in this collection is restricted due to the presence of information protected by privacy laws. This information has been redacted where present on documents in the collection. Un-redacted originals, in all cases, have been retained by Special Collections and Archives.


May 4 Collection - Box 124
Contents

  1. Button: "Kent 25," 1970

  2. Button: "Remember Kent State," 1990

  3. Button: "We Remember These Our Own," 1993 (3 Buttons)

  4. Button: "Peace Against Guns," 1994

  5. Button: "In the Footsteps of History," 1995

  6. Button: "Inquire, Learn, Reflect," 1995

  7. Button: "Kent 26," 1996

  8. Button: "Unification of Generations," 1998

  9. Button: "Unnecessary, Inexcusable, Unwarranted, Unforgettable," 2002

  10. Button: "Peace, Remembering Kent State and Jackson State," 2003

  11. Button: "Tell Me Father Did They Aim?" 2005

  12. Button: "The Cost of War: Then & Now," 2006

  13. Button: "Truth: The First Casualty of War!" 2007

  14. Button: "Where Does It End?" 2008

  15. Button: "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future," 2009

  16. Button: Allison Krause, 1990

  17. Button: Bill Schroeder, 1990

  18. Button: "Build it all!" undated

  19. Button: "Drop Knowledge, Not Bombs," undated

  20. Button: "Inquire, Learn and Reflect Fund!" undated

  21. Button: Jeffrey Miller, 1990

  22. Button: "Kent 25," undated

  23. Button: "Kent, Augusta, Jackson, South East Asia; Moratorium, May 5; Out Now!; SMC," undated

  24. Button: "Kent State Remembers," undated

  25. Button: "Memorial Benefit Committee," undated

  26. Button: Sandy Scheuer, 1990

  27. Button: "Save Ohio, Stop Rhodes," undated

  28. Button: "The War is at Home," undated

  29. Button: "Why Do We Remember?" undated

  30. Gun Shell Casing found May 4, 1970

  31. Plastic Strap presumed to have been used for a tourniquet on May 4, 1970

  32. Press Pass and Faculty ID Card (Betty Kirschner), 1970-71

  33. Decals: "Kent State United," 1971

  34. Link from the Fence from the Gym Annex Protest, 1977

  35. Peace Sign Patch and Canadian Coin left as tokens at a 1995 Special Collections and Archives exhibit, 1995

  36. Bracelet: POW-MIA, undated

  37. Commemorative hand towel, Jim Russell Memorial, The Golf Club at New Castle, undated

  38. Drumsticks left at the site of Jeff Miller during a May 4 commemoration, undated

  39. One Rifle Shell Casing and One Shot Gun Shell Casing, 12 gauge, undated

  40. Piece of Granite from the B'nai B'rith memorial marker?, undated

  41. "Student Target" Patch, undated

  42. Button: "Hands Off The Kent State 25!" undated

  43. Faculty Senate Observer and Faculty Observer Armbands worn on May 4th, 1970 by John J. Michaels professor of Technology

  44. Button: Kent Students Medical Fund, undated (likely 1970)


May 4 Collection - Box 124A
Contents

  1. KSU Police: Riot Helmet, 1977-1978

  2. KSU Police: Gas Mask, 1977-1978

  3. Tear gas cartridge canister, 1970
    Acquisitions Information: Donated by Paul Tople.

  4. Lantern used in candlelight vigil, undated

  5. John Cleary's wrist watch worn at the time at which he was shot, 1970
    Acquisition Information: Donated by John Cleary.


May 4 Collection - Box 124B
Contents

  1. Viet Cong (National Liberation Front) flag, undated


May 4 Collection - Box 124C
Contents

  1. Three articles of clothing Dean Kahler was wearing when shot on May 4, 1970
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Dean Kahler in 2000.


May 4 Collection - Box 124D
Contents

  1. American Flag, undated
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Steven Saylor, Kent State alumnus
    Historical Note: According to a letter from Saylor, sent with his donation of this flag, this was an "American flag that was cut down from the front of the [A]dministration [B]uilding, during the Kent State protests in May of 1970."
    Physical Description: Flag measures approximately 96" X 50"; one edge of flag is torn (grommet edge)


May 4 Collection - Box 124E
Contents

  1. Ohio Army National Guard: Jacket of Dress Uniform, undated
    Acquisition Information: The items in this box originally belonged to Ron Baclawski, a member of the National Guard unit deployed to Kent State University in May 1970. The items were donated by Della J. Evans in 2017.


May 4 Collection -  Box 124F
Contents

  1. Ohio Army National Guard: Parka, undated
    Acquisition Information: The items in this box originally belonged to Ron Baclawski, a member of the National Guard unit deployed to Kent State University in May 1970. The items were donated by Della J. Evans in 2017.


May 4 Collection - Box 124G
Contents

  1. U.S. flag that flew over the University on May 4, 1970
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Jeff Fair in 1995

  2. Correspondence and Clippings: Regarding Return of the U.S. flag, 1995


May 4 Collection - Box 124H
Contents

  1. Slingerland Tom Drum with Capri Pearl Wrap, undated
    Acquisition Information: The drum originally belonged to alumnus and musician, Chris Butler and was lent to Jeff Miller.  After May 4, 1970, Jeff Miller's possessions were impounded by the FBI, to include the drum.  The kit was later returned to Chris Butler in the fall of 1970.  The drum has been partially restored. Donated by Chris Butler in 2021.