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Photographs in the May 4 Collection: Photographs taken on or around May 4, 1970

Digitized May 4 Photograph Collections

The following collections contain photographs that have been digitized and are available online. We hold the original photographs in the Department of Special Collections and Archives for your use, but we also encourage you to access these from home through the links below for your convenience and to better preserve the originals.

Chuck Ayers photographs: Box 189

The Chuck Ayers collection contains 54 black and white photographs taken on and around May 4, 1970.

Ohio State Highway Patrol photographs: Box 191

This collection contains 15 black and white photographs taken by the Ohio State Highway Patrol during the events leading up to and including the Kent State shootings.

Frank Smith photographs: Box 184

The Frank Smith photographs collection includes 60 color photographs taken on and after May 4, 1970.

Ralph Solonitz papers and artifacts: Box 73

The Ralph Solonitz collection contains 21 color photographs taken on and leading up to the Kent State shootings.

University News Service photographs: Boxes 28 and 28A

This collection contains 92 black and white photographs taken by Kent State University News Service, now known as University Communications and Marketing. It consists of photographs taken before, during, and after the Kent State shootings with the bulk taken on May 4, 1970.

Non-Digitized May 4 Photograph Collections

The collections listed below contain photographs that you may use in the Reading Room of the Department of Special Collections and Archives. For more information on using our collections on-site, consult the Department Info page of our website.

William C. Barrett papers: Box 40

The William C. Barett papers contain 3 folders of black and white photographs taken before and after May 4, 1970. It also includes 3 folders of photograph transparencies related to the Kent State shootings.

Emil Dansker May 4 papers: Box 215

The Emil Dansker May 4 papers contain two folders of photographic material. Folder 25 contains photographs, while Folder 26 contains various slides. It is important to note that many of these images are copies of photographs taken by Kent State University News Services. To access the Kent State University News Service May 4 photographs collection directly, you can find these images through our Kent State Shootings Digital Archive or view this sub-collection's finding aid

Kent State University Police Department records: Box 79

Although this collection does not contain photographs taken on May 4, 1970, it does contain photographs of demonstrations and rallies leading up to and following the Kent State shootings.