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Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

The Printed World: European Travel Writing in an Age of Global Encounters (1500-1850)

Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.; University Library, Read Special Collections Classroom (LIB RM 1018)

Showcase of rare books from Special Collections, presented by Dr. Matthew Crawford, department of History, and students in his European Exploration course. Dr. Crawford and his students Paul Boyle, Traci Hoffman, John Potwora, and Amy Vartenuk will present on their exploration of European travel works from the Early Modern period. These selected original works will be on display during this event.


Exhibit: Ted Kooser: Everyday Extraordinary

April 1 - May 31, 2014; University Library - 1st floor, Quiet Study Area

An exhibition of selected works of Ted Kooser, Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate.

(Curated by Cara Gilgenbach.)


Exhibit: From Crime to Culture: The 25th Anniversary of the Borowitz Collection at Kent State University

October 31, 2013 - June 13, 2014; University Library - 12th floor

"From Crime to Culture: The 25th Anniversary of the Borowitz Collection at Kent State University" is now open to the public. The exhibit showcases popular fact-based crime publications dating from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. Included in this chronological exploration of the literature are cautionary pamphlets, sensationalistic "penny dreadfuls," popular true crime series such as England's Newgate Calendar and France's Pitaval literature, and classics of twentieth century and contemporary true crime works. The exhibit also highlights examples of specific true crime literature sub-genres: crime-related broadsides, part of the nineteenth-century street literature scene; prison postcards, a fascinating sub-grouping within the once wildly popular picture postcard tradition; and selections from the Wild West collection exemplifying America's (and the world's) seemingly endless fascination with tales of crime from the Western frontier. Finally, the exhibition pays homage the collection's founders, Albert and Helen Borowitz, both of whom made their own contributions to true crime literature, among other scholarly pursuits.

(Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus, Elizabeth Traina, Samantha Kapp, and Cara Gilgenbach)

A printed exhibition catalogue is available in the Special Collections and Archives reading room and by mail, upon request.