• Identification2007.018
  • TitleA guide to the John T. Rettaliata Papers, 1970
  • PublisherPaul V. Galvin Library, University Archives & Special Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositoryPaul V. Galvin Library, University Archives & Special Collections
  • OriginationRettaliata, John T
  • Date1970
  • Physical Description34 Photographs

Photographs of student protests on campus at Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago) following the May 4, 1970 fatal shootings of four students at Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) by the Ohio National Guard. Subsequently eight million students (middle school, high school, and college) participated in a national “strike” protesting the events at Kent State. The photographs appear to date entirely from Friday, May 8, 1970, the second consecutive day of student protests on the IIT campus. As they had the day before, student protesters conducted a sit-in demonstration on the second floor of Perlstein Hall (site of IIT administrative offices), where Pres. Rettaliata agreed to attend an open meeting of students and faculty that afternoon (the Perlstein sit-in then dispersed around noon). The photographs of the Perlstein Hall sit-in (seven images) show Rettaliata, James J. Brophy (academic vice president), and several other administrators facing the demonstrators. Thirteen images document a large crowd of protesters seated and standing in front of Perlstein Hall being addressed by student leaders (some of the speakers were reportedly from Kent State). Fourteen images document Rettaliata’s appearance before the open meeting, in which he answered questions for nearly four hours and reiterated his position that classes would remain in session for those who wished to attend, while those who wished to boycott would not be penalized.

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John T. Rettaliata Papers, Paul V. Galvin Library, University Archives & Special Collections

  • NamesRettaliata, John T
  • SubjectKent State-1970 --Student Demonstrations