Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Resource Room papers

Special Collections and Archives

May 4 Resource Room papers

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May 4 Resource Room papers

May 4 Collection - Box 192

Finding Aid

Prepared by Kyler Andrew Culver, September 24, 2003. Updated April 2015; February 2017


Inclusive Dates: 1972-2009
Extent: .5 cubic feet (1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: 12th floor


Historical Note

In 1974, a donation from Victor E. Buehrle made it possible to provide an inspirational setting and research center in the form of a room in the main library that would be open to the public, dedicated to the memory of those slain and wounded on May 4, 1970, and devoted to quiet reflection and study of the past, present and future. Subsequent actions on the part of concerned faculty and students brought together a number of memorials, resources and on-campus sites to make the room a center of the physical memory of May 4, 1970.

Scope and Content

This collection contains information on the May 4 Resource Room including files on its origins, meeting minutes and statements prepared by the ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association, information about some of the artifacts housed in the room, and photographs. Also included are files relating to various refurbishment projects for the room.


May 4 Collection - Box 192
Folder -- Contents

  1. Resource Room: Proposal and Microfilm Project, 1972-1974
  2. Resource Room: Dedication and information about the room, 1974
  3. Resource Room: Correspondence, 1973-2003
  4. Resource Room: Stained glass windows information, 1985-2003
  5. Resource Room: Mission Statement for the May 4th Resource Room, 1999
  6. Resource Room:  Dedication Program with Remarks by John Begala,1974
  7. Resource Room: Inscription text on bronze dedication marker, undated
  8. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Proposed mission statement, strategic plan, and mission statement notes, October-November 1999
  9. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Commemoration committee notes, reccommendations, correspondence, and proposals, 2000
  10. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Correspondence, proposals and related information, 2001
  11. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Proposals, funding requests, drafts, and correspondence, 2002
  12. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Correspondence, docent schedule, and strategy chart, 2003
  13. Ad hoc May 4 committee of the Retired Faculty Association of Kent State University: Resource Materials, 2004-2009
  14. Film of Dedication, 1974 (DVD copy made in 2014)
  15. Visitors' Register: May 2002-August 2004
    Scope and Content: Includes visitors' names, geographic origin, and comments recorded in this register.
  16. Visitors' Register: August 2004-January 2009
    Scope and Content: Includes visitors' names--including the late Jim Russell, one of the students wounded on May 4, 1970--geographic origin, and comments recorded in this register
  17. Docents' Handbook, revised 2004
  18. Photograph: sign on door of resource room, May 1974
  19. Photograph: selection of books about May 4, 1970, May 1974
  20. Photograph: researcher in resource room, May 1974
  21. Photograph: view inside resource room, May 1974
  22. Photograph: another view inside resource room, May 1974
  23. Photograph: researcher in resource room, May 1974
  24. Photograph: researchers in resource room, January 1979
  25. Photograph: researcher in resource room, January 1979
  26. Photograph: researchers in resource room, January 1979
  27. Photographs: former students wounded in 1970 were present at memorial services held April 30, 2002
  28. Photograph: resource room interior, undated
  29. Photographs: resource room interior, 1998
  30. Photographs and captions: Dr. Sidney Louis Jackson memorial framed pictures, undated
  31. Four black drapes used for photos in Resource Room, 2001
  32. Six docent pins for Resource Room, undated