Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions


Exhibition: From Franklin Mills to Kent: Prominent Families in Kent’s History

Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, University Library, 12th floor, September 1, 2016 - summer 2017

In celebration of the birthday bicentennial of the City of Kent’s namesake, Marvin Kent, Special Collections and Archives is showcasing several collections originating with prominent and influential families in the history of Kent. These collections document the lives of early European-American settlers and what was originally established as Franklin Mills and later renamed Kent. Members of the Kent, Merrill, Haymaker, and Davey families, among others featured here, shaped the history of commerce, transportation, politics, and education in Kent. This exhibit features only a few of the many local history collections held in University Libraries and is displayed in tandem with the Kent Historical Society’s bicentennial celebration of the birthday of Marvin Kent. (Curated by Amanda Faehnel, Cara Gilgenbach, and Elizabeth Traina.)


Exhibition: The Kent State Shootings: Through the Lens of Two Photographers

Borowitz Gallery, University Library, 12th floor, August 2016-summer 2019

This exhibition showcases the events surrounding the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings with photographs taken by Lafayette Tolliver and Howard Ruffner. Both were student photo-journalists at Kent State in 1970. Selections of their work will be on semi-permanent display in Special Collections and Archives as we head toward the 50th anniversary milestone of an event that placed Kent State in the international spotlight and changed the trajectory of the Vietnam War. (Curated by Lae'l Hughes-Watkins)