Special Collections and Archives

The Special Collections & Archives reading room is closed, and all in-person (physical, face-to-face) services are suspended from now through the fall 2020 semester. We are here to help! Please contact us to discuss how we can best serve you during this time.

Special Collections and Archives


The Department of Special Collections and Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to primary sources and rare materials that support the teaching and research programs of Kent State University.

The non-circulating collections of the Department cover a broad spectrum of topics in a variety of formats including books, manuscripts, and archival materials. 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.

Exhibits

Exhibits

View our current exhibitions virtually.

Explore Digital Collections

Explore Digital Collections

Historical Kent State images, maps, campus newspaper and yearbooks, along with thousands of May 4 archival photographs, recordings, documents, oral histories, and more.

Spotlight on Special Collections

Spotlight on Special Collections

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