SEARCH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Inventory prepared by William M. Meloy, June 1996
Revised by Stephanie Wachalec, November 6, 2003
1 record storage box, 1 cubic foot, 11th floor
Old archives number D.7.6.
Zenas Kent (1786-1865), father of Marvin Kent, was an early settler of Portage County, an entrepreneur who established Kent's flour mill, a cotton mill, a tannery and various other business enterprises, the president of the Kent National Bank, and the treasurer of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad.
Marvin Kent (1816-1908), the son of Zenas Kent, was a merchant of Kent, Ohio, the planner, promoter, developer, and first president of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad [now a part of the Erie Lackawanna system], president of the Kent National Bank, Ohio State Senator [Republican], 1876-1878, and a prominent Portage County citizen.
William Stewart Kent (1847-1923), the son of Marvin Kent, was a merchant of Kent, Ohio, the president of the Kent National Bank, publisher of the Kent Courier, and the instrumental figure in bringing Kent Normal School [now Kent State University] to the city of Kent.
L. Vernon Briggs, Genealogies of the Different Families Bearing the
Name of Kent in the United States. . . . (Boston: Rockwell and Churchill
James B. Holm, ed., Portage Heritage (Ravenna: Portage County Historical Society, 1957).
[n.a.], History of Portage County, Ohio (Chicago: Warner, Beers, & Co., 1885).
This collection contains the papers primarily of Marvin Kent's family, of Kent, Ohio, which were donated by George B. Towner, Sr., of Brady Lake, Ohio, who retrieved them from the Kent home prior to its transfer to the Masonic Order.
The collection includes business and personal correspondence, brochures, cards, receipts and bills, and other miscellaneous papers, covering the years 1864-1903. The bulk of the correspondence falls into two distinct time periods: the decade of the 1860s and the decade of the 1900s, and consists primarily of the incoming business correspondence of Marvin Kent (1900s) and the incoming personal correspondence of his son William S. Kent (1860s).
Series 5 contains Dudley Weaver's collection of Kent Family papers, [formerly a separate collection D.7.22.1.]. Weaver, a local historian with a lifelong interest in Kent and Portage County collected copies of letters, photographs and newspaper clippings about the various members of the Kent family.