Wagner Remembers: 1970 Kent State Shootings #May4Matters

This year marks the 45 anniversary of the fatal shooting of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970.

Horrmann Library at Wagner College is joining this historic commemoration to show a new generation how college students responded in 1970.

Here is a collection of photographs and articles from the Wagnerian (Wagner College student newspaper), our 1970 yearbook, and the Staten Island Advance, gathered from the Wagner Archives at Horrmann Library.

Front page of The Wagnerian, May 7, 1970. Wagner joins students at colleges across the nation in strikes against the massacre at Kent State and against American aggression in Cambodia. click  image above to enlarge

Front page of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Wagner participates in the National Student Strikes. click image to enlarge



Front page of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Reaction to Wagner administration's response to the shooting and student protests. click  image above to enlarge

Front page of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Reaction to Wagner administration's response to the shooting and student protests. click image above to enlarge



Page 6 of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Account of the shooting and student responses. click  image above to enlarge

Page 6 of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Account of the shooting and student responses. click image above to enlarge



Page 8 of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Professor Robert Anderson's speech in response to the shooting and the responsibility of the college and faculty to "intensify our commitment to oppose violence at home and abroad". click  image above to enlarge

Page 8 of The Wagnerian, May 14, 1970. Professor Robert Anderson's speech in response to the shooting and the responsibility of the college and faculty to "intensify our commitment to oppose violence at home and abroad". click image above to enlarge



Clipping from The Staten Island Advance, May 14, 1970. Crosses placed on oval in front of Main Hall by Wagner students to remind Wagner administration, faculty, and Staten Island Community of the victims of the shooting. click  image above to enlarge

Clipping from The Staten Island Advance, May 14, 1970. Crosses placed on oval in front of Main Hall by Wagner students to remind Wagner administration, faculty, and Staten Island Community of the victims of the shooting. click image above to enlarge



Two-page spread of the protests on Wagner College campus after the Kent State shootings, published in the 1970 Kallista, the Wagner College yearbook. click image above to enlarge

Two-page spread of the protests on Wagner College campus after the Kent State shootings, published in the 1970 Kallista, the Wagner College yearbook. click image above to enlarge



Front page of The Wagnerian, October 22, 1970. Reaction to the Federal Grand Jury investigation of the shooting. click  image above to enlarge

Front page of The Wagnerian, October 22, 1970. Reaction to the Federal Grand Jury investigation of the shooting. click image above to enlarge



Page 4 of The Wagnerian, October 22, 1970. Wagner Student Government College Council votes to send $100 to support the defense of the indicted students and faculty at Kent State University. click  image above to enlarge

Page 4 of The Wagnerian, October 22, 1970. Wagner Student Government College Council votes to send $100 to support the defense of the indicted students and faculty at Kent State University. click image above to enlarge



Visit Twitter to see more images and stories of how colleges all over the nation responded to the tragedy #May4Matters.

Thanks to Lisa Holland, our awesome archivist, for her work compiling this collection. For more information about the Wagner College Archive at Horrmann Library visit wagner.libguides.com/archive