Prepared by Scott L. Bills, August 29, 1980; Updated February 2012.
storage boxes, 2 cubic feet, 12th floor
Viezer began his freshman year at Kent State in the fall of 1977, a time when
the political activity surrounding the gym controversy was winding down but still
highlighted by two major demonstrations (September 24 and October 22). Viezer
was not active himself in student political groups but began systematically collecting
leaflets and newspaper clippings. He did this initially to clarify his own views
and later with the intent to donate the materials to the University Archives.
Scope and Content
The Kent State University Archives acquired the materials
for this collection from Timothy Viezer in three installments on April 23, 1980;
May 5, 1980; and May 26, 1980. This collection contains a large number of leaflets
and flyers from diverse campus groups for the years 1977-80. These items have
been arranged alphabetically within the series according to the person or organizations
that issued them, and represent at least thirty-six different organizations. Several
such items which could not be linked to specific groups have been listed under
"source unidentified." Newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically.
substantial amount of political ephemera contained in the collection demonstrates
the range of student activist concerns for the years 1977-80. Though the focus
of most activities was on the May 4 commemoration and the gym controversy, students
were involved in other political efforts as well. Many of the most active individuals
and organization programs included workshops on apartheid, third world liberation,
and imperialism, as well as other concerns represented in the collection. Used
in conjunction with related collections, the leaflets and flyers will provide
a useful overview of both student activist rhetoric and political concerns. In
addition to news items, the paper contains a discussion of the history of the
May 4th Movement. The collection contains many colorful posters and a range of
artifacts such as armbands, T-shirts, bumper stickers, and buttons.
has donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary
rights he possesses in these materials.
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