Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions


Exhibition: Code Makers vs. Code Breakers: Cryptography in History, Literature, and Popular Culture
Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, University Library, Room 1212, January 19 - August 9, 2016

The history of cryptography can be seen as an ongoing evolutionary struggle between code makers and code breakers. Throughout history, monarchs, religious officials, and military leaders have relied on secret communication in order to govern their domains or command their armies. Each new development in cryptography has been met with a counterattack by code breakers searching for a weakness in that encoding method. Once broken, the code either becomes extinct or it evolves into something stronger. This exhibit highlights interesting moments in the history of cryptography and focuses on its many cultural influences, particularly in literature and popular culture. (Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus and Edith Serkownek.)

Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and by appointment 


Exhibition: Books Are Paths That Upward Lead

University Library, 1st Floor, Alcove Opposite the Coffee Cart, June - August, 2016

An exhibit of a selection of World Publishing imprints from the Library of Alfred B. Cahen, a Cleveland-based poet and painter who recently donated several books from the World Tower Books series. The Tower Books line, started in 1939, featured popular self-help, hobby, and health related titles. A handlist of books displayed is available at this exhibit. (Curated by Cara Gilgenbach.)


Exhibition: Charles Simic: on the verge of understanding
University Library, Wick Poetry Corner, 2nd Floor, April - May 2016

An exhibit on the occasion of Charles Simic’s visit to Kent State University on April 6, 2016, featuring selections from the holdings of Special Collections and Archives. Simic, a prolific poet, translator, essayist and educator, is a Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate. (Curated by Anita Clary.)


Exhibition: Albert J. Flogge Performing Arts Collection: Selections from Recent Donations
Special Collections & Archives Borowitz Gallery, University Library, 12th Floor, January 25 - Summer 2016

This exhibit showcases a selection of memorabilia donated by prominent Kent State alumnus Albert J. Flogge (1934-2015) from his vast performing arts collection. The materials, donated in recent years by Mr. Flogge, include autographed photos of film and sports stars, a Gone With the Wind souvenir album, and posters from musical and dance performances. Of particular note are several autographed photos of major league baseball icons. (Curated by Cara Gilgenbach.)

Hours: Tuesdays-Thursdays 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and by appointment