Special Collections and Archives

Lafayette Tolliver Photographs Collection

Special Collections and Archives

Lafayette Tolliver Photographs Collection

Lafayette Tolliver Collectionphotograph taken by Lafayette Tolliver

The photographic collection of Lafayette Tolliver was recently acquired by the department of Special Collections and Archives. Tolliver is a Kent State University alumnus who attended the university from 1967-71, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism. He served as a photographer and columnist for the Chestnut Burr yearbook and the Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper. He was often called upon as an informal photographer for many activities sponsored by black student organizations, during his tenure at Kent State and served as one of the founding members of Black United Students (BUS). Due to his extensive campus involvement, Tolliver produced thousands of photographs, many of which were never published or otherwise made accessible to the public until now. Tolliver donated his collection of prints and negatives to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives in January 2014. The department is currently cataloging and processing this important archive.