May 4-related T-Shirts

Special Collections and Archives

May 4-related T-Shirts

Special Collections and Archives

May 4-related T-Shirts

May 4-Related T-Shirts collection

May 4 Collection -- Boxes 115 and 115A

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, 22 August 1995; Last Update: November 2019


Inclusive Dates: 1970-2009
Bulk Dates: 1990-2009
Extent: 2 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content: This collection includes various t-shirts that somehow relate to the Kent State shootings, particularly annual commemorations of May 4. Many of the t-shirts were created and sold by the May 4th Task Force during annual commemorations.


Acquisitions Information: Many of the t-shirts in this collection were purchased from and donated by the May 4th Task Force.

Related Materials: Researchers interested in materials associated with the Task Force and annual commemorations should also consult the following collections:


May 4 Collection - Box 115
Folder -- Contents

  1. "Kent Police State University," white t-shirt with red lettering. Undated (but likely from early 1970s)
    Historical Note: This shirt belonged to Leslie Martin's mother who reportedly acquired the shirt in the aftermath of the Kent State shootings. Date of shirt is uncertain.
    Scope and Content: Accompanied by an article by Leslie Martin, written in 2010, reflecting on Martin's memories of May 4 and connections she sees to current political situations in America.
    Acquisitions Note: Donated by Leslie Martin.
  2. “Long live the spirit of Kent and Jackson State,” red t-shirt. Undated (but likely from 1970s)
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  3. “Long live the spirit of Kent and Jackson State,” white t-shirt. Undated
  4. “Remember Kent State,” green t-shirt. 1981
  5. “Kent State/Jackson State 20 Year Retrospective, March 30-31, 1990,” white t-shirt. 1990
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  6. “Jackson State + Kent State Commemorative Conference,” aqua t-shirt. 1990
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  7. “Why do We Remember? Kent State 22nd Commemoration, May 4, 1970-1992,” white t-shirt. 1992
  8. “Justice? How can peace stand up against guns? Kent State, 24th Commemoration, May 4. 1970-1994,” white t-shirt. 1994
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  9. “25 Year Retrospective of Kent State and Jackson State. Emerson College Division of Communication Studies,” white t-shirt. 1995
  10. “In the Footsteps of History We March with Them, 1970-1995, Kent State 25th Commemoration,” white t-shirt. 1995
  11. “26th Annual Commemoration May 4, 1970-1996,” white t-shirt. 1996  
  12. “Casualties of War, Kent State, 27th Commemoration, May 4, 1970-1997,” white t-shirt. 1997
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  13. “28th Annual Kent State Commemoration, 1970-1998, Unification of the Generations,” white t-shirt. 1998
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  14. “Sisters in the Struggle: 29th Annual Commemoration, May 4, 1970-1999,” white t-shirt. 1999
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.

May 4 Collection - Box 115A
Folder -- Contents

  1. “1970-2000 Kent State Vietnam… Never Again! [peace sign] Learn It Live It Teach It,” white t-shirt. 2000
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  2. "Dance Alloy," green t-shirt. 2000
  3. “The Cost of Freedom: Kent State May 4, 1970-2001, 31st Annual May 4th Commemoration,” white t-shirt. 2001
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  4. “32nd Annual May 4th Commemoration, Unnecessary, Inexcusable, Unwarranted, Unforgettable, Kent State, May 4, 1970-2002,” black t-shirt. 2002
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  5. “Remembering the Victims of Kent State & Jackson State, 1970-2003.” May 4 Task Force 33rd Annual Commemoration, white t-shirt. 2003
  6. “Patriots Act! 1776-1970-2004, 34th Annual Kent State Commemoration,” white t-shirt. 2004
  7. “Tell me father, did they aim? May 4, 1970; May 4 2005; 35th Year”; May 4 Task Force 35th Annual Commemoration, black t-shirt. 2005
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.
  8. “Where does it all end? 38th Annual Commemoration,” black t-shirt. 2008
  9. “Remembering the past, shaping the future,” white t-shirt. 2009
    Restrictions on Access: This item is on loan to the Kent State University Museum until fall 2020.