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Kent State Shootings Oral Histories

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  1. Albert Van Kirk Oral History

    Van Kirk, Albert
    Albert Van Kirk was a Vietnam veteran and an undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1969 and 1970 and was on campus the day of the shootings in 1970. He discusses the atmosphere on campus, the SDS, the Weathermen, and the FBI. He describes Jerry Rubin's visit to Kent State, seeing residents of Ravenna guarding their city with weapons, and his experience administering first aid to one of the students wounded in the shootings.

  2. John Peach Oral History

    Peach, John A.
    John Peach is Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety at Kent State University at the time of this interview. He grew up in Kent and had just started his career with the campus police force in the fall of 1970, during the aftermath of the shootings on campus. He provides detailed discussions of the atmosphere in Kent during the late 1960s, the increase in personnel and training that Kent State campus police underwent after the shootings took place, President Glenn Olds' approach to resolving conflict, and the Gym Annex protests that took place in 1977.

  3. Carl Moore Oral History

    Moore, Carl M.
    The Director of Forensics and Assistant Professor of Speech at Kent State University in 1970 describes his involvement in pivotal events leading up to, during, and after the shootings. Moore discusses his involvement in the incident at the Music and Speech Building in 1969, his role as chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union, and his participation in the Kent Legal Defense Fund.

  4. David Turcotte Oral History

    Turcotte, David
    A freshman at Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1970 describes his reactions to what he saw happening at Kent State on the evening news and the news coverage in the days following the shootings. He also describes attending the Commemoration events at Kent State in 2000.

  5. Kathy Stafford Oral History

    Stafford, Kathy
    An undergraduate at Kent State University in 1970, who retired in 2008 as Vice President for University Relations, discusses the events surrounding the shootings on campus and her participation on the President's Commission on KSU Violence.

  6. Michael Schwartz Oral History

    Schwartz, Michael, 1937-
    The President of Kent State University from 1982 to 1991 discusses events related to the 1970 shootings on campus that occurred both before and during his administration. Dr. Schwartz talks about the 1977 Gym Annex controversy during Brage Golding's tenure and the memorial design competition in the late 1980s that culminated with the official dedication of a memorial in 1990. He also discusses various concerns expressed by the Carter and Reagan administrations, as well as Governor Richard Celeste's public apology for the shootings at the 1990 Commemoration.

  7. Rosann Rissland Oral History

    Rissland, Rosann
    An resident of Kent in 1970 relates her memories of the events surrounding the shootings on the Kent State campus. She talks about the National Guard camping in her front yard beginning the weekend prior to the shootings, and about initially hearing that National Guardsmen were among those shot. She discusses the fear people in Kent felt during that time, and the reasons for that fear. Additionally, she describes the tunnel system on the Kent State campus and that the tunnels were used by campus police for riot control procedures.

  8. Murvin Perry Oral History

    Perry, Murvin H.
    The Director of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Professional Arts in 1970 relates his memories of the events surrounding the shootings on campus. He discusses Terry Norman, coverage of the events in campus publications, the completion of classes after the campus had been closed, and Kent State alumni who have gone on to distinction in photographic journalism.

  9. E. Timothy Moore Oral History

    Moore, Edmund Timothy
    E. Timothy Moore was an undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970, and, at the time of the interview, was Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State. He provides a broad, detailed overview of the events of May 4, 1970, and the University Administration's response during the forty years following the shootings. He discusses the events from an African-American perspective as well as the official view of BUS (Black United Students). Moore had served as BUS's Minister of Art and later as its President. He also discusses his thoughts about the Gym Annex controversy...

  10. Paul Hickey Oral History

    Hickey, Paul
    A Kent State University undergraduate student from 1979 to 1984 describes his experiences revisiting Kent State in 2000 to attend the 30th Commemoration of the Kent State shootings.

  11. John Guidubaldi Oral History

    Guidubaldi, John
    A professor in the Counseling and Personnel Services Education Department at Kent State University in 1970 discusses his experiences. He describes the contrast he observed between the peaceful atmosphere on the Kent State campus during the 1960s when he was a graduate student working on his Master's degree with the unrest and demonstrations he witnessed at Harvard where he completed his Ph.D. He relates his observations when he returned to Kent State as a young faculty member in 1969 and describes events leading up to the 1970 shootings as well as his experiences living in Kent close to campus and...

  12. Catherine Delattre Oral History

    Delattre, Catherine
    An undergraduate at Kent State University in 1970 gives her eyewitness account of the shootings. She discusses being one of the few students who was able to remain on campus that summer as well as being interviewed by the FBI.

  13. Carolyn Cox Oral History

    Cox, Carolyn
    The mother of a Colgate University student, Andy Cox, who died in a hiking accident on May 4, 1972, talks about her family's deep emotional connection to what happened at Kent State in 1970. Her son had dropped out of college in response to the Kent State shootings and she has always thought of him as a "fifth victim."

  14. Linda Cooper-Leff Oral History

    Cooper-Leff, Linda
    An undergraduate at Kent State University from 1966-1970 gives an eyewitness account of the shootings and her memories of the days leading up to May 4, 1970. She describes seeing armored personnel carriers on campus and discusses how she drove several people to Cleveland after the campus closed.

  15. Carol Cartwright Oral History

    Cartwright, Carol A., 1941-
    The President of Kent State University from 1991-2006 discusses the changes her administration made in the University's response to the Kent State shootings. She discusses the impact of an official culture study of the university community, her participation in the candlelight vigil at the annual commemorations, and other decisions and contributions made during her tenure as president.

  16. Edwin and Anita Bixenstine Oral History

    Bixenstine, V. Edwin; Bixenstine, Anita
    In 1970, Dr. Edwin Bixenstine was a professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Anita Bixenstine a professor in the Honors College. Both describe where they were and what they remember about the events of May 4, 1970, including the National Guard camp near their home and meetings that occurred over the summer between university faculty and residents of Kent. Also mentioned are Allison Krause's involvement in the Honors College and experimental programs that were developed at Kent State after the shootings.

  17. Lowell S. Zurbuch Oral History

    Zurbuch, Lowell S.
    An instructor in the School of Technology in 1970, Lowell S. Zurbuch relates his memories of the days surrounding the shootings on campus. He describes the military presence on campus and describes what he saw on campus on Monday, May 4. He was walking on campus and was near the Commons when he heard the shots and describes seeing students running and crying shortly afterwards. He discusses the atmosphere on campus during the 1960s, how he completed teaching his classes in the spring of 1970 at a Lutheran Church in Kent, and also what it was like returning to Kent...

  18. Joseph M. Sima Oral History

    Sima, Joseph M.
    An undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970, Joseph Sima relates his memories of the days surrounding the shootings; he describes the helicopters, tanks, tear gas, and weapons that he saw. He was in the Student Union when the shootings took place. He discusses what he knows about Terry Norman and his experiences trying to give the information he had about Norman to the FBI and to government officials. Sima reads from a prepared statement during part of this interview.

  19. Chuck Ayers Oral History

    Ayers, Chuck (Charles W.)
    A former editorial cartoonist for the Akron Beacon Journal, now one of the authors of the comic strip Crankshaft, Ayers relates his memories from when he was an undergraduate student at Kent State University from 1966-1971. Ayers interprets what happened on May 4, 1970, as well as events that occurred both leading up and following the shootings. He discusses several photographs he took on those early days in May, his role as an eyewitness for the Beacon Journal, and being interviewed by the FBI.

  20. F. Robert Treichler Oral History

    Treichler, F. Robert
    A professor of psychology at Kent State University in 1970, Dr. Robert Treichler relates his memories of the events surrounding the shootings on campus. He discusses how the Psychology Dept. coped with the effects of the campus closure, including the difficulties involved in taking care of the numerous laboratory animals left behind, the need to set up a temporary off-campus location so that the Dept. could remain in contact with its graduate students, Ph.D. studentsâ research and data collection coming to a halt, and Treichler holding his classes at his home in Tallmadge. He describes the military presence in the...

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