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FBI File on the Fire Bomb and Shooting at Kent State

Location: Microfilm LD 4191 .o72 F35 1985


This collection provides memorandum, newspaper articles and other documents concerning the shooting of four students at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970, during a protest of the Vietnam War, and the fire that consumed the university’s ROTC building on May 2, 1970.
Some of these files are located on the FBI’s Freedom of Information Act web page, at http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/kentstat.htm .

How to search the collection

This collection is contained on seven reels. There is a Table of Contents which is repeated at the beginning of each reel, but gives very little topical information:

Roll 1. Fire Bomb, Sections 1-15

Roll 2. Shooting, Sections 1-8

Roll 3. Shooting, Sections 8 (cont.)-14

As with other materials provided by the FBI, documents on the microfilm are in the order in which they were released and the collection is in approximate chronological order, beginning with a memorandum from May 5, 1970, the day following the shootings.


There is no accompanying print guide to the collection. The subject categories listed below will direct you to a number of books in Pickler Library related to these events.

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

Bombings -- Ohio -- Kent -- Sources.

Kent State University -- Riot, May 4, 1970 -- Sources. 

Kent State University -- Students -- Attitudes.


Time Period: 20th Century  

Subject keywords: FBI Documents, Vietnam War