Special Collections and Archives

KSU Artifacts (memorabilia)

Kent State University, Artifacts, 1917-1991


Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, February 1, 2002; Updated July 2012.
4 record storage boxes + 6 flat oversize boxes, 7 cubic feet, 11th floor

Scope and Content

This collection contains miscellaneous Kent State University artifacts. Many items are undated. Items will be added to this collection on an ongoing basis. Sports artifacts are inventoried separately.

Box 1: Commemorative Plates

  1. Plate: "Administration Building" [Semi-Centennial edition] [1960] [top tray] [donated by Sue Lane; plate belonged to Allurta Adolph]
  2. Plate: "Administration Building" [brown image on white field] [no date] [top tray]
  3. Plate: "Administration Building" [black image on white field] [no date] [top tray]
  4. Plate: "Kent State University Twin Bands" [blue image on white field] [no date] [bottom tray]
  5. Plate: "KSNS" [Kent State Normal School] [dining room plate?] [no date] [bottom tray]

Box 2: Miscellaneous Artifacts

  1. T-Shirt: "Impeach Carol Cartwright" [top tray]
  2. T-Shirt: New Student Orientation [top tray]
  3. Embroidered KSU Badges (3) [bottom tray]
  4. Official Seal [old design] [embosser] [no date] [bottom tray]
  5. Official Seal [stamp] [no date] [bottom tray]
  6. Silver Bowl, "Campus Day," 1965 [bottom tray; see accompanying letter in folder]
  7. Brass Commemorative Seal/Paperweight, "Cunningham Hall, 1968, Kent State University"

Box 3: Miscellaneous Artifacts

  1. Mug: "Supporter of the Lithuanian Program" [no date][top tray]
  2. Golden Flash Head Band [foam rubber] [no date] [top tray]
  3. Kent State University Megaphone [no date] [top tray]
  4. K[ent] N[ormal] C[ollege] Pin, 1917 [owned by Rilla Miriam Beck Sowers; donated by Ruth Sharec] [middle tray]
  5. Kent State Pin, 1924 [middle tray]
  6. Cardinal Key Bracelet, [no date] [middle tray]
  7. Nameplate: "William Stewart Kent whose generous gift of land made possible this location of the Kent State Normal College and in honor of whom this College was named." [silver] [no date] [middle tray]
  8. Ticket: "Kent State College Student Activities Ticket," 1934-35 [middle tray]
  9. Keychain: "Be Wise; Continue Your Education at Kent State U. or Your Local Branch" [no date] [middle tray]
  10. Keychain: DuBois Bookstore [no date] [middle tray]
  11. Magnet: Kent State University [no date] [middle tray]
  12. Buttons/Pins [miscellaneous buttons and pins related to Kent State and Kent State Organizations] [bottom tray]

Box 4: Miscellaneous Artifacts

  1. Official KSU Colors [fabric swatches; velvet], 1925 [see folder for documentation] [top tray]
  2. Pen Nibs [used to sign House Bils No. 324 and 325 relative to changing the name of Kent State Normal College and adding courses and schools to the institution], [no date] [also includes accompanying documentation]
  3. "Dink" [beanie hat], [no date] [top tray]
  4. "Dink" [beanie hat], [no date] [top tray]
  5. "Dink" [beanie hat], [1946] [top tray]

Box 5: Flat Oversize: Academic Regalia

  1. Dean Arden Allyn's Hood and Cap, [no date]
  2. Dr. Mona Fletcher's Hood and Tassle, [no date]
  3. Dr. Raleigh M. Drake's Hood and Beret, [no date]

Box 6: Flat Oversize: Pennants

  1. Pennant: "Kent State Normal School, Kent, O." [pre-1915?]
  2. Pennant: "KSNC Kent," [circa 1917?] [donated by Ruth Sharec]
  3. Pennant: "Kent State Normal," [no date]
  4. Pennant: "KSN: Kent," [no date]
  5. Pennant: "KSN: Kent," [no date]
  6. Pennant, [no date]
  7. Pennant, [no date]
  8. Pennant, 1938 [donated by Marcia and Walter Holmes]

Box 7: Flat Oversize: Flags

  1. Flag: Kent State Normal School, [no date]
  2. Flag: [blue and gold colors], [no date]

Box 8: Flat Oversize: NASA Commemoratives

  1. NASA Commemorative: Presented to Kent State University [framed photos and artifacts from the orbiter Discovery], April 28-May 6, 1991
  2. NASA Commemorative: Presented to Kent State University [framed photos and artifacts from the orbiter Discovery], April 28-May 6, 1991

Box 9: Miscellaneous Oversize

  1. Building Plaque: Student Union, 1949
  2. Ombudsman for Students sign, [no date]

Box 10: Flat Oversize

  1. Dr. DeWeese's office sign (glass), [no date] [CAUTION: Handle with care]