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Governor's Day Records

Identifier: AC 0078
Announcements, flyers and posters distributed during Governor's Day, May 5, 1970, including a flyer for a silent vigil in memory of the four students killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State University in Ohio.


  • 1970



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Announcements, flyers and posters distributed during Governor's Day, May 5, 1970

Historical Note

Governor's Day was an annual occasion for honoring ROTC cadets. In 1970, the event was scheduled the same week that American troops went into Cambodia and four unarmed student protestors were killed by National Guard troops at Kent State University in Ohio. University of Nevada students who opposed the war in Vietnam held a peace rally the same day as Governor's Day, distributing flyers and posters on campus announcing the rally and opposition to the Governor's Day observances. The rally was also called a student strike against the war of Vietnam and Cambodia. The rally became a march toward the stadium where the ROTC military review was being held. The students marched into the stadium and filed into the bleachers shouting anti-war slogans, and some went onto the field and threatened to disrupt the cadet drill. N. Edd Miller, University President, asked for calm and courtesy. Some faculty members and students joined the rank of the protestors, urging restraint. The episode ended without violence. On May 7, however, the ROTC building on campus was fire-bombed. On May 12, the Hobbit Hole, a student residence and meeting place for anti-war activists, was fire-bombed.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift from Paul Strickland, 1980.

Related Materials

AC 0020: Governer's Day Papers, 1970

AC 0403: Paul S. Adamian Papers

AC 0061: Governor's Day Records, 1970

NUB 24/0651-NUB 24/06/58: Governor's Day protest, Paul Adamian, 1970

AC 0209: James W. Hulse Papers

Lucas, Brad. Radicals, Rhetoric and the War: the University of Nevada in the wake of Kent State. Available in Special Collections and the main stacks, call number LD 3763 .L83 2006.


A Guide to the Governor's Day Records
Betty Glass
August 2010
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Repository Details

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