Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives

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We acquire, preserve, and provide access to primary sources and rare materials that support the teaching and research programs of Kent State University. The collections, totaling nearly 21,000 cubic feet, are comprised of sources in all formats including manuscripts, archival materials, and 135,000 books and periodicals. To learn more about our collections, please view our Spotlight on Special Collections exhibit.

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New Read Assistant Appointed

Special Collections & Archives is pleased to welcome its new Read Graduate Assistant (GA), Savannah Gould, who started her work with us this fall semester. Savannah earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Creative Writing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She comes to us with significant prior work experience in libraries, having worked as Library Assistant in the children’s department of the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library and as Circulation Supervisor for the Blackmore Library at Capital University. She also honed her problem solving and communications skills as a Senior Resident Assistant, also at Capital University, for nearly two years. Her work as Read GA will give her a well-rounded pre-professional experience working in an academic special collections and archives unit, including public services, archival processing, collection management, preservation work, digital projects, and many other aspects of this field.

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Exhibition: A Full and True Account? Four Sensationalized Trials in Great Britain and America, 1824-1935

Marovitz Gallery, 1st Floor, University Libraries

The intersection of crime and cultural production has a long history. Popular consumption of trials, now accessible online in the form of video clips, and commentary shared swiftly on apps like Facebook or TikTok, has been in practice for centuries.

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Current Exhibits

Current Exhibits

View our current exhibitions.

Spotlight on Special Collections

Spotlight on Special Collections

Explore major collections held in the department through this online exhibit.

Explore Digital Collections

Explore Digital Collections

Historical Kent State images, maps, campus newspaper and yearbooks; thousands of May 4 archival photographs, recordings, documents, oral histories; and primary and secondary sources related to the true crime genre.