Special Collections and Archives

The Department of Special Collections and Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to primary sources and rare materials that support the teaching and research programs of Kent State University.

The non-circulating collections of the Department cover a broad spectrum of topics in a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, and archival materials. Strengths are 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature and poetry; true crime literature; theater and the performing arts; and children's literature. There also are significant holdings in the history of books and printing, detective fiction, science fiction and fantasy, cryptology, and labor history. Archival holdings include the historical records of Kent State University; a large collection documenting the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings; and regional history materials.

Events & Exhibits

Find out about our current events and exhibitions.

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Explore Digital Collections

Our digital archival collections currently include many Kent State University historical sources, such as portions of the campus newspaper, and all of the yearbooks.

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Featured Collection

The May 4 Collection includes over 300 cubic feet of primary, archival sources related to the Kent State shootings and their aftermath.

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A Flash in Time

A blog from the desk of the University Archivist highlighting the rich and interesting history of the university by showcasing archival material from our collections.

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