Finding aid for the Sanford Marovitz May 4 papers

Sanford Marovitz May 4 papers
Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Phone: 330-672-2270
Marovitz, Sanford E.
Bulk dates:
.33 cubic feet (1 document case)
This collection contains the personal papers of Sanford Marovitz collected primarily during the first year after the Kent State shootings. The materials mostly center around the events of May 4, 1970 and provide an inside look at the events from a faculty and administrative perspective.
11th floor (May 4 Collection, Box 213)
The records are in English

Biography of Sanford Marovitz

Sanford Marovitz was born on May 10, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. Marovitz served four years in the U. S. Air Force (1953-1957) and then earned a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1960, an M.A. in June 1961, and a Ph.D. completed in October 1967 and awarded June 1968 from Duke University. He taught at Temple University and the University of Athens in Greece under the Fulbright Program. He began his career at Kent State University in 1967 as an assistant professor. He was a professor of English and chairman of Graduate Studies at Kent State University. American literature is his major field of study, within which he holds particular interests in Jewish-American fiction, Western writing, and the literature of the American Renaissance. He taught at Shimane University in Matsue, Japan as a visiting professor (1976-1977). Professor Marovitz has published widely in professional journals and collected volumes of criticism. He was co-editor of Artful Thunder (1975), a festschrift in honor of Howard P. Vincent. He collaborated with Clarence Gohdes on the fifth edition of A Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the Literature of the U.S.A. (1984). Other publications include Abraham Cahan (Twayne's United States Authors Series, 1996) and Melville "Among the Nations": Proceedings of an International Conference, Volos, Greece, July 2-6, 1997 (2001). He was also the associate editor of Studies in American Jewish Literature. Marovitz received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1960-1961; Fulbright Teaching Grant to Greece, 1965-66; renewed, 1966-67 and also the Academic Quarter Research Awards at Kent State University in 1971, 1974 and 1977. He has been listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and Who's Who in the World. He retired from Kent State University in 1996. Marovitz passed away on July 9, 2023.

Scope and Content

This collection contains papers compiled primarily in the first year after the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. It details faculty, administrative, and student reactions as well as personal narratives, position papers, and statements given in the weeks just after May 4. There are several documents dealing with the Kent State Medical Fund including the founding papers of that organization. There are also clippings, posters, brochures, and correspondence-all from 1970 and 1971.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection has been arranged into the following five series:
Series 1: Responses to the Kent State Shootings
Series 2: Records of Faculty Organizations
Series 3: Publications
Series 4: Correspondence
Series 5: Artifacts

Restrictions on Access

Some information included in this collection is restricted due to the presence of information protected by privacy laws. This information has been redacted where present on documents in the collection. Un-redacted originals, in all cases, have been retained by Special Collections and Archives.

Related Material: Related Material

Further information concerning Sanford Marovitz can be found in the
Sanford Marovitz papers.

Subject Headings

The following subjects are found in this collection:


Kent (Ohio)--History
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University--History
Ohio. Municipal Court (Portage County). Special Grand Jury
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements


Marovitz, Sanford E.
White, Robert I., 1908-


Universities and colleges--Administration


College Administrators
College teachers
University administrators

Material Types:

Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Preferred Citation

Sanford Marovitz May 4 papers. May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

Sanford Marovitz donated his May 4 papers to Special Collections and Archives in 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Responses to the Kent State Shootings, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 1
Faculty Responses to the Kent State Shootings, May-June 1970

Box 213 / Folder 2
Administrative Responses to the Kent State Shootings, June-October 1970

Box 213 / Folder 3
Responses to the Kent State Shootings from outside the University, May-November 1970

Box 213 / Folder 4
Responses to the Special Grand Jury (Portage County), October-November 1970

Box 213 / Folder 5
Personal Narratives/Statements about the Kent State Shootings, May 1970

Series 2: Records of Faculty Organizations, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 6
Faculty Senate Meetings, May-June 1970

Box 213 / Folder 7
Kent State Medical Fund, May-June 1970

Box 213 / Folder 8
The Committee for Political Education, undated

Series 3: Publications, 1970-2000

Box 213 / Folder 9
"Kent Ohio: The American Crisis" article by Sanford Marovitz, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 10
KSU Position Paper, September-October 1970

Box 213 / Folder 11
Kent Strike Paper, May-June 1970

Box 213 / Folder 12
Posters: May 4, 1970, "Americans Want Peace," "Unite Against the War", undated

Box 213 / Folder 13
Flyers and Brochures, 1979-2000

Box 213 / Folder 14
Clippings, June 1970-November 1971

Series 4: Correspondence, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 15
Correspondence, May 1970-February 1971

Box 213 / Folder 16
Correspondence, undated

Series 5: Artifacts, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 17
Two Buttons: Kent State Medical Fund, Kent 25, 1970

Box 213 / Folder 18
Two Tickets for the Artist Lecture Series (canceled after the Kent State Shootings), May 1970