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Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Please note: precise dates of exhibitions are subject to change. Out-of-town visitors are urged to contact Special Collections and Archives before planning their visit.

See our Past Events and Exhibitions page for information and links related to past programs. 

Digital Collections Showcase and Reception

Friday, October 17, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., University Library, 1st floor lobby area

Enjoy some light refreshments and learn about our Kent State historical collections now available in digital format, including the Digital Chestnut Burr yearbooks and Digital Kent Stater.

Exhibition, Lecture, and Reception: Coming of Age at Kent 1967–71: A Pictorial of Black Student Life

Exhibition dates: October 6 - 23, 2014, Oscar Ritchie Hall, Uumbaji Gallery, Room 134
Lecture and Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014; 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Oscar Ritchie Hall

This exhibition of photographs by Lafayette Tolliver includes selected images that depict the wide breadth of the black student experience during the late 60s and early 70s at the height of the black campus movement. The exhibit will take attendees on a journey from the birth of young love, to the spirit of competition through athletics, ending with victory through protest. Tolliver was a Kent State student and photo-journalist from 1967-1971. (Curated by Lae'l Hughes-Watkins.)

To accompany the exhibit, a presentation by the artist and reception will be held on October 18. Remarks by Mr. Tolliver begin at 11 a.m. at the Oscar Ritchie Lecture Hall (Room 214), with the reception and exhibition viewing to follow from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Uumbaji Gallery (Oscar Ritchie Hall, Room 134). Those planning to attend this event are asked to complete an RSVP at

Exhibition: The Kent State Shootings & Their Aftermath: Through the Media's Lens

September 2014 - June 12, 2015, University Library, 12th Floor Reading Room and Borowitz Gallery

In honor of the 45th commemoration of the Kent State Shootings, the Department of Special Collections and Archives’ feature exhibit examines the media’s coverage and interpretation of the anti-war movement beginning with the National Moratorium on the Vietnam War in the fall of 1969, to the Kent State shootings, the Scranton Commission, through the controversy surrounding the building of the gym annex in 1977. The exhibit presents a cross-section of some of the most famous newspaper headlines, magazine covers, posters, flyers, photographs, newsletters, and comic strips produced in the period leading up to the Kent State shootings, the shootings themselves, and in the aftershock that followed. (Curated by Lae'l Hughes-Watkins and Elizabeth Campion.)