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Kent State Shootings: Featured Audio Recordings

President White Press ConferenceThis exhibit features selected audio recordings from the May 4 Collection, which documents the 1970 Kent State shootings and their aftermath. The original reel-to-reel recordings were largely inaccessible due to their age and fragility.

Many of the recordings included here provide insight into Kent State University's student, faculty, and administrative responses to the shootings in the immediate days, weeks, and months following this event. Also included are radio call-in forums, commemorative events, and the Scranton Commission hearings.

This project was supported in part by an award from the Ohio Historical Records Advistory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

Lafayette Tolliver Photographs

student at moratorium protestLafayette Tolliver is a Kent State University alumnus who attended the university from 1967-71, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism. He served as a photographer and columnist for the Chestnut Burr yearbook and the Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper. He was often called upon as an informal photographer for many activities sponsored by black student organizations, during his tenure at Kent State and served as one of the founding members of Black United Students (BUS). Due to his extensive campus involvement, Tolliver produced thousands of photographs, many of which were never published or otherwise made accessible to the public until now. Tolliver donated his collection of prints and negatives to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives in January 2014.

For more information on this collection, please contact Lae'l Hughes-Watkins, University Archivist, Special Collections and Archives.