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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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.

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Exhibits

Exhibits

View our current exhibitions.

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.

Spotlight on Special Collections

Spotlight on Special Collections

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