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May 4 Collection - Boxes 58 and 58A
Prepared by Scott L. Bills, August 29, 1980; Updated October 2017
Inclusive Dates: 1974-1982
Extent: 2 cubic feet (2 record storage boxes and 3 oversize folders)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Historical Note: Timothy Viezer began his freshman year at Kent State in the fall of 1977, a time when the political activity surrounding the gym controversy was winding down but still highlighted by two major demonstrations (September 24 and October 22). Viezer was not active himself in student political groups but began systematically collecting leaflets and newspaper clippings. He did this initially to clarify his own views and later with the intent to donate the materials to the University Archives.
Scope and Content: The Kent State University Archives acquired the materials for this collection from Timothy Viezer in three installments on April 23, 1980; May 5, 1980; and May 26, 1980. This collection contains a large number of leaflets and flyers from diverse campus groups for the years 1974-1982. These items have been arranged alphabetically within the series according to the person or organizations that issued them, and represent at least thirty-six different organizations. Several such items which could not be linked to specific groups have been listed under "source unidentified." Newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically.
The substantial amount of political ephemera contained in the collection demonstrates the range of student activist concerns for the years 1977-1980. Though the focus of most activities was on the May 4 commemoration and the gym controversy, students were involved in other political efforts as well. Many of the most active individuals and organization programs included workshops on apartheid, third world liberation, and imperialism, as well as other concerns represented in the collection. Used in conjunction with related collections, the leaflets and flyers will provide a useful overview of both student activist rhetoric and political concerns. In addition to news items, the paper contains a discussion of the history of the May 4th Movement. The collection contains many colorful posters and a range of artifacts such as armbands, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons.
Restrictions on Use: Viezer has donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights he possesses in these materials.
Arrangement: The collection is organized into the following series.