|After this article appeared in the|
New York Times, Yale mysteriously
decided to close
the Kent State Collection to new donors.
Did the weapons ever arrive?
Did alumni apply pressure to the Library?
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Thirty Years Later:
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Yale's Kent State Collection
The Truth About Kent State
|Glenn A. Olds|
President, Kent State University*
|Henry Steele Commager|
Historian : Professor Commager's famous speech about Kent State, The University and the Community of Learning, can be read at http://www.commager.org/dev/speech_kent_state_address.asp
|Sanford Jay Rosen|
Attorney for the Families of the Kent Slain and Wounded
Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union
|J. Gregory Payne|
Head, Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, created its Kent State Collection. He later became archivist at Harvard University, a position he held until retirement.
POSSIBLE KENT STATE EVIDENCE FOUND IN YALE ARCHIVES
Thirty years after the Kent State Collection was created at Yale's Sterling Library, this forgotten audiotape was uncovered in that very Collection by one of the Kent State shooting victims, Alan Canfora. Recently developed enhancing techniques may have revealed in that audiotape a command by Ohio National Guardsmen to fire on Kent State students:
|The four students murdered by Ohio National Guardsmen at Kent State University, May 4, 1970|
|This petition asked that Attorney General Mitchell's refusal to convene a federal grand jury investigation be overruled by President Nixon.|
For twenty-five years I showed these videos in my English classes as examples of how, like the Puritans at Salem's witch trials of 1692 in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Americans have a knee-jerk tendency to go on witch-hunts, against communists, against hippies, against gays.
At Kent State in 1972 it was long-haired hippies who were the accused. At New Haven and Yale in 1984 it was people with AIDS. I was able to make a small contribution to quelling those witch hunts for 20 million television viewers.
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After the killing of four students at Kent State in 1970 it was not uncommon for older Americans to mutter, "They should have killed more of the students". College students were portrayed as long haired, hippie, protesters. That witch-hunt was deflated for 20 million viewers on Christmas Eve, 1972 with this video.
Yale / New Haven
(approximately 12 minutes)
At Yale in 1982 / 83, and in America generally, AIDS was targeted as a "gay disease" and therefore nothing for heterosexuals to worry about. That target-practice ended in February, 1984 with this second video.