University Of Akron Dissertations

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Research Papers, Theses, Dissertations, and Manuscripts Related to May 4

May 4 Collection - Boxes 84-84A

Finding Aid

Prepared by Nancy Birk, May 1994; Updated July 2016


Inclusive Dates: 1971-2011
Extent: 2 record storage boxes, 2 cubic feet
Physical Location: 12th floor


Scope and Content

This sub-collection contains miscellaneous research papers, theses, dissertations and manuscripts about the Kent State shootings that have been submitted to the May 4 Collection. Materials are added on a continual basis and are arranged in the order in which they were received.

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Digitization of this collection was funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Box 84
Folder -- Contents

  1. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. Perry, Kent State University, August 11, 1972 (folder 1 of 3)
  2. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. Perry, Kent State University,August 11, 1972 (folder 2 of 3)
  3. Greenberg, Harold L. An Analysis of Reporting of the Kent State University Disturbances, May 1-4, 1970. Independent Study Research Paper for Murvin H. Perry, Kent State University,August 11, 1972 (folder 3 of 3)
  4. Downing, Robert M. The Whole World Is Watching: Media Coverage of Riots and Civil Disorders. Honors College Thesis (unsigned), Kent State University, June 1972 (folder 1 of 2)
  5. Downing, Robert M. The Whole World Is Watching: Media Coverage of Riots and Civil Disorders. Honors College Thesis (unsigned), Kent State University, June 1972 (folder 2 of 2)
  6. Zibbel, Phyllis M. Kent State University -- May 4, 1970: Institutional Response to the Tragedy. Senior Thesis, Adult Liberal Studies, University of Toledo, May 1994
  7. Gregor, Paul W. Media Coverage of Events at Kent State University in May of 1970: An Oral History with Dr. John C. Weiser. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, July 1995.
    7A. Interview of John C. Weiser by Paul W. Gregor, June 19, 1995
    Scope and Content: Audio cassette recording of an interview with John C. Weiser, conducted by Paul W. Gregor, for the research paper titled Media Coverage of Events at Kent State University in May of 1970; an Oral History with Dr. John C. Weiser.
  8. Woods, Danielle R. Truth: How it became the Fifth Victim in the Kent State Tragedy. Research Paper, University of Akron, April 21, 1997
  9. Russell, Rebecca. The Kent State Massacre. Research Paper, circa 1997
    Note: Eighth grade research project by the daughter of Jim Russell, one of the students who was wounded during the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.
  10. McDonald, Dennis. May 4, 1970: A Closer Look at Kent State and the Actions of Terry Norman. Research Paper, History Department, Salem State College, May 11, 1995
  11. Murphy, Sean, Instructor. Reflection Papers, English 122--Protest Literature, College of Lake County, Grayslake, Illinois, May 2-5, 2000
    Note: A compilation of reflection papers by Murphy's students following a grant-funded trip they took to Kent State for the 30th anniversary, May, 2000.
  12. Medicus, Kate, Instructor, Student Essays, Art 42000 (Research and Writing for Art History Majors), Kent State University, 2000
    Note: Includes papers by students in the class that focus on memorials and public art.
  13. Hatcher, Jay A. Green Pigs and Brown Shirts: Rhetoric and the Confrontation at Kent State: 1 to 4 May 1970. Thesis, History 489, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, December 13, 2000
    Note: A floppy diskette (3.5 inch) containing the thesis file is also included.
  14. Burris, Sarah Mittiga. Research Paper, International Baccalaureate program at Rutherford High School, Panama City, Florida, July 8, 2000
    Note: Paper topic is how the Kent community reacted to the events of May 4, 1970 and how those events are perceived today.
  15. Hall, E. Leona. I, Cindy. Manuscript, 1970
    Note: Includes a clipping, letters of transmission, Dr. Hall's CV, and two photographs. A story about three orphaned gray squirrels, the epilogue of the manuscript makes a connection between this account and the events of May 4, 1970.
  16. Steffens, R. Mark. May Fourth Memories. Manuscript, 1995
    Note: Steffens was a Kent State undergraduate student from 1968-1972.
  17. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 1 of 4)
  18. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 2 of 4)
  19. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 3 of 4)
  20. Staherek, Valerie M. Chronology/Index of the Kent/Ravenna Record-Courier Coverage of the Kent State University Disorders and Their Aftermath -- May, 1970 Thru May, 1972. Research Paper, School of Library Science, Kent State University, December, 1972 (folder 4 of 4)

Box 84A
Folder -- Contents

  1. Huff, Mickey S. Interview with Henry L. Halem. Manuscript (transcript), April 10, 1995
    Note: Interview conducted through the Youngstown State University Oral History Program, Kent State Shootings Project, OH 1691. Typescript with handwritten corrections and annotations.
  2. Summerlin, Heidi. A Value Added Analysis of the emergence and demise of the Concerned Citizens of Kent group in April 1969. Research Paper, Kent State University, undated
  3. Isaacson, Mariel. From Wound to Scar: The Memory and Legacy of May 1970. Research Paper, CUNY, undated
  4. Hughes, Joseph. 12 Angry Days: Two Athens Newspapers Examine the 1970 Kent State Shootings Aftermath. Research Paper, March 4, 2002
  5. Hansan, John S. Governor James A. Rhodes and The Kent State Shootings. Research Paper, May 19, 1980
  6. Loperfido, Rev. Ernest J. as told to Ben Lariccia. Reflections of a Roman Catholic Priest Present During the Kent State Tragedy of May 4, 1970. Manuscript, 2011
    Note: Two slightly variant copies of the manuscript are on file.
  7. An Appeal to the United States Department of Justice For an Immediate and Thorough Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Shootings at Kent State University. Manuscript, Researched and compiled by Peter Davies; Circulated by the Department of Law, Justice and Community Relations, The Board of Christian Social Concerns, United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, 1971 (folder 1 of 2)
  8. An Appeal to the United States Department of Justice For an Immediate and Thorough Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Shootings at Kent State University. Manuscript, Researched and compiled by Peter Davies; Circulated by the Department of Law, Justice and Community Relations, The Board of Christian Social Concerns, United Methodist Church, Washington, DC, 1971 (folder 2 of 2)
  9. Harkness, Bruce. Remarks, September 22, 1970. Manuscript, September 22, 1970
  10. Kaplan, Lawrence. May 4, 1970 - A View From Europe. Manuscript, 1980
    Note: Two copies on file.
  11. Cwiek, Timothy. Interview with Joseph Kelner, chief counsel for the Kent Sate victims during the 1975 civil trial. Manuscript (transcript), January 15, 1985
  12. Kunstler, William. Speech at Magic Theater, Kent, Ohio. Manuscript (transcript), October 19, 1970
  13. Deutsch, Leonard J. KSU: The Killings and the Aftermath. Manuscript, 1970
  14. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 1 of 3)
  15. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 2 of 3)
  16. Streharsky, Charmaine Carole Judy. Caroline Pardee at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio: A Case Study of the Role of Executive Secretary to a University President. Dissertation, Education, University of Akron, May 1994 (folder 3 of 3)
Shirla R. McClain
BornShirla Lorraine Robinson
(1935-02-04)February 4, 1935
Akron, Ohio
DiedMay 31, 1997(1997-05-31) (aged 62)
Akron, Ohio
Cause of deathCancer
MonumentsDr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron's Black History and Culture
EducationBA, MA, Ph.D. in Education
Alma materUniversity of Akron
OccupationProfessor
EmployerUniversity of Akron
Kent State University
Akron Public Schools
Known forHistory of Black Akron, Ohio
Notable workThe Contributions of Blacks in Akron, 1825-1975

Shirla Lorraine Robinson McClain, Ph.D. (February 4, 1935 – May 31, 1997) is an Americaneducator. Dr. McClain is best known for her doctoral dissertation on the history of African Americans in Akron.[1] The dissertation was the first comprehensive history of African–Americans in Akron.[2] While she planned to have her dissertation commercially published, she was unable to see this desire come to pass prior to her death in 1997. The work has been posthumously published online through a joint effort of the McClain family, the University of Akron, and the Akron-Summit County Public Library.[3] She is a native of Akron, Ohio.

Personal background[edit]

Shirla Lorraine Robinson was born in 1935 in Akron, Ohio to Dumas and Marcella (née Macbeth) Robinson. She had four siblings, including brothers Dumas and Duane, and sisters Sheila and Faith.[4] She married Henry McClain on April 6, 1957. Together, they had two children, Kelli and Scott.

She attended the University of Akron, from where she received her Bachelors and Masters degree, as well as her doctorate in education in 1956, 1970, and 1975, respectively. After earning her bachelor's degree, she taught elementary and secondary education for the first part of her career, additionally serving as a supervisor in the Akron Public School system.[5]

Professional background[edit]

After earning her Ph.D. in 1975, McClain joined the faculty of Kent State University in the College of Education, where she taught elementary and secondary education through 1987. She additionally served as a professor of education and assistant director of teacher preparation at Walsh University in Canton, Ohio.[1]

During her career, McClain published over 15 articles and 45 academic papers. In 1994, she was honored with the University of Akron's Alumni Honor Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement in 1994.[6]

Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery[edit]

McClain was instrumental in the formation of Akron's Black History Gallery at the University of Akron. The gallery was inspired by her dissertation, The Contribution of Blacks in Akron's History: 1825–1975. The development of the gallery began to take root, through a collaborative effort by the Summit County Historical Society's plan to establish the John Brown Institute of Black History and a history project of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.[6][7]

In 1985, individuals living in the Akron area began expressing a desire to establish a Black Cultural Center. In 1991, the government officials established a Presidential Blue Ribbon Task Force composed of community leaders, students, faculty, and administrators, chaired by former State Representative Vernon Sykes. In 1992, following research and feasibility studies, the Task Force submitted a report calling for the city to establish a cultural diversity center, which would present the history of African-Americans from Akron, to include a gallery and historical repository.[6]

In 1994, the Gallery of Akron's Black History opened at The University of Akron.[7] McClain and Attorney Edward Gilbert served as co-chairs of the gallery's endowment campaign. The gallery's steering Committee, along with McClain, collected artifacts and historical documents and opened the gallery's first exhibit, "Blacks in Education" in 1997.[6]

While working to prepare for the gallery's second exhibit, McClain succumbed to a long battle with cancer. On January 10, 1998, in honor of her work, the gallery was renamed and rededicated as the Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron's Black History and Culture.[1][6][7]

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