MAY 4 COLLECTION -- Box 56
Prepared by Scott L. Bills, July 2, 1980. Updated by Penny White, June 2013.
.33 cubic feet (1 manuscript box and 1 oversize folder)
Physical Location: 12th floor
Mr. Craig Blazinski donated his papers to the Kent State University Archives on April 26, 1980.
As a Kent State student, Mr. Blazinski has been prominent in May 4 activities from 1977-80. He served as Chairperson of the May 4th Task Force for two consecutive years (1977-78) and represented the Task Force on a special observance committee that KSU President Brage Golding created in early 1978. Mr. Blazinski coordinated the Task Force's commemorative program of May 4, 1977, which featured, among others, Dean Kahler, Roseanne "Chic" Canfora, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, and attorney William Kunstler. Although the resignations of Mr. Blazinski and several others from the May 4th Task Force in April 1979 created a brief crisis for the organization, he continued to be active in May 4 matters and played a role in the tenth anniversary commemoration of May 1980.
The papers in this collection have been arranged topically into four sections, reflecting primarily Mr. Blazinski's participation in three major groups: the May 4th Coalition, the May 4th Observance Committee, and the May 4th Task Force. Miscellaneous items have been placed in the last category. Included in the latter are a number of leaflets and flyers which have been arranged alphabetically by the issuing organization. Leaflets of unknown origin have been listed under "source unidentified." Folder thirty-four may be found in the horizontal file (hf).
The materials in this collection describe the manner in which May 4 commemorations and related activities have been undertaken on the Kent campus. Folder nine, for example, contains correspondence with the official charge of the May 4th Observance Committee. In fact, the Task Force refused to appoint representatives to the group at that time. Only months later did it choose to appoint two of its members to sit on the committee.
In addition to three folders of Mr. Blazinski's correspondence as a Task Force spokesperson, there are membership and meeting attendance lists which might prove of interest to researchers. There is also a draft letter labeled "Minority Report" which was written by Mr. Blazinski and others, who, charging excessive politicization of organization activities and decision-making, resigned from the Task Force in the spring of 1979. Folder thirty-four contains a series of posters that could be useful for display purposes. Many of the leaflets and flyers found within the fourth section of the inventory were issued by groups active during the gym controversy and other points of contention in the fall of 1977. Used with reference to similar materials in related collections, the Blazinski papers will be useful in describing and analyzing student political activity at Kent State University and noting the long-term impact of the events of 1970.
Mr. Blazinski has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights that he possesses in these materials.
23 -- Questionnaires
24 -- Leaflets/Flyers: 1977-78
25 -- Petition blank: [1978?]
26 -- Parade permits: 1977, 78
27 -- Press releases: October 20, 1977; [February?] 1978
28 -- Agendas: 1977-78. NOTE: The agendas are handwritten and many are undated
29 -- Attendance lists, meetings: February 8, 1978 and undated
30 -- Program notes: May 4, 1978 .NOTE: The documents are handwritten and include draft remarks for opening the commemorative program
31 -- Minority paper: April 1979. NOTE: This was the statement drafted by May 4th Task Force members Craig Blazinski, Maire Dugan, Michael Soroham, and Sarah Wilkins to explain their joint resignation from the Task Force
32 -- Miscellaneous items. NOTE: includes handwritten notes; scheduling cards; photocopy of page from Time magazine, May 18, 1970
33 -- Printed matter: memorial booklets from 1974, 76, 77
34 -- Posters: 1976-80 (hf)
35 -- Correspondence, Fay Biles to Scott Marburger: January 26, 1977
36 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Kent State Faculty, letter to students: May 4, 1978
37 -- Leaflets/Flyers, May 4 Ad Hoc Strike Committee: 1976-77
38 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Portage County Committee for Free Speech and Free Assembly: 1977
39 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Reader's Theatre, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. NOTE: includes materials from the presentation of the play "Kent State: A Wake," 1978. a retitled "Kent State: A Requiem" was presented on campus in May 1980 and a brochure from that evening is also included
40 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Student Government: 1977
41 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Students Maintaining and Advocating Cooperation and Constructiveness at Kent: 1978
42 -- Leaflets/Flyers, Young Socialist Alliance: 1977
43 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, anti-Coalition leaflets: 1977
44 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Brage and the Bureaucrats": undated
45 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, May 4th leaflets: 1978 and undated
46 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Special Memo": 1977
47 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "Students for No Rights": 1977
48 -- Leaflets/Flyers, source unidentified, "This Isn't a May 4 Coalition Leaflet, But ...": 1977. NOTE: the meeting that followed the issuance of this leaflet resulted in the founding of the Blanket Hill Council
49 -- Press release, "Committee to Defend Student Rights": 1978
50 -- "Overview of Plaintiff's Brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals Case": 1977
51 -- Critical analysis of James Michener's Kent State: What Happened and Why: undated
52 -- Photocopy of brochure for "Conference on Policies and Methods in Dealing with Civil Disorder," to be held October 22-25, 1978, Aurora, Ohio. The conference was canceled.
53 -- Photographic reproduction, central campus: December 12, 1978
54 -- Leaflet/Flyers, "How Much do you Know About May 4th 1970?": 1979