Prepared by Dyani Scheuerman, January 17, 2003; Updated November 2012
1 slim document case, .16 cubic feet, 12th floor
Chuck Ayers (1947 - ) graduated from Kent State University with a degree in graphic
design. While studying there, he drew cartoons for the Daily Kent Stater
and the Akron Beacon Journal, where he later became editorial cartoonist.
Ayers created the popular comic strip "Crankshaft" with Tom Batiuk.
In 2000, Ayers and Batiuk created a "Crankshaft" Comic Strip Thirtieth
Anniversary Story Arc about the KSU shootings, the originals of which are now
part of the May 4 Collection. He has taught cartooning for Kent State University
and the University of Akron. In 1986, Ayers received a first place award for editorial
cartoons from the Ohio Associated Press.
Scope and Content
This collection contains photographs taken on the Kent State University campus
on May 1-4, 1970, as well as a book of cartoons related to KSU that were originally
published in the Daily Kent Stater and Akron Beacon Journal. The
photos include images of student speakers, student protestors, national guard
personnel and vehicles, various campus locations, and some episodes of confrontation
between students and guardsmen. The captions below were provided by Ayers. The
book contains both satirical representations of everyday campus life and more
serious interpretations of the events occuring on May 4, as well as a cartoon
which was nominated for the Pulitzer and appeared in numerous papers nationwide.
Ayers has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property
and literary rights he possesses in this
collection of photographs.
The captions and photograph descriptions below were provided by Chuck Ayers.
May 4 Collection -- Box 189 Folder -- Contents
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