Special Collections and Archives

Reference, Instruction, Outreach

Special Collections and Archives

Reference, Instruction, Outreach

Kent State University Special Collections and Archives provides reference, instructional, and outreach programs that support teaching, learning, research, creative endeavors, or just simple curiosity and lifelong learning.

Reference and Research Services

​Our dedicated public services staff provides assistance to both on- and off-site users in accessing materials in Special Collections and Archives. These services range from quick, "ready reference" questions, to long-term, in depth research assistance that can span weeks, months, and even years. Please contact us through our main department phone number or departmental email to initiatiate a reference or research request.

Customized Instruction Programs
(K-12 and collegiate levels; in-person or online) 

Expose your students to unique primary sources in a wide range of subject areas. We work with Kent State and unaffiliated teachers and faculty members on a continual basis. Depending on curricular needs, most class sessions include hands-on experiences with rare materials and/or primary sources. We also can provide basic tours and informational sessions that are not specifically tied to classroom instruction.

  • Contact Lae'l Hughes-Watkins for course instruction related to Kent State University history, including the Kent State shootings.
  • Contact Cara Gilgenbach for any other Special Collections and Archives course instruction requests.
Exhibitions and Special Events

We offer exhibitions and lecture events throughout the year. Learn more about the unique collections available to you through our events programming—all of it free and open to the public. Check our Current Events & Exhibitions page for information on this year's events.