Current Events and Exhibitions

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

Current Events and Exhibitions

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

Current Events and Exhibitions

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the physical exhibits spaces on the 12th floor are currently closed to the public. The Marovitz Gallery, located on the first floor of the University Library, is open. Please check University Library hours before visiting. Virtual versions of our exhibits are now available, using the "View Virtual Exhibit" links below.

exhibit logo image fileExhibition: Campus Strike Papers: The Aftermath of May 4, 1970 
Marovitz Gallery, 1st Floor, University Libraries

In the aftermath of the shootings of May 4, 1970, Kent State University Libraries sent letters to colleges and universities across the nation requesting campus strike newspapers and related documents to be archived for future research. This exhibit highlights a selection of the responses that are found in the Campus Strike papers in Special Collections and Archives. The exhibit is now on display in the Marovitz Gallery, 1st Floor, University Library. A companion virtual exhibit is available to view online by clicking the link below. (Curated by Anita Clary)


50 years long live the memory exhibit logoExhibition:  50 Years: Long Live the Memory: Civil Rights, Black Power, and Anti-War Actions: Orangeburg, Kent, and Jackson, 1960-1967

Part of a multi-location suite of exhibits to mark the 50th commemoration of the Kent State and Jackson State shootings. This segment of these inter-related exhibits focuses on civil rights and anti-war actions at Kent State (Kent, OH), Jackson State (Jackson, MS), and South Carolina State (Orangeburg, SC) in the years 1960-1967.  (Curated by Cara Gilgenbach)


exhibit logo imageExhibition: The Truth Demands Justice: A Snapshot History of the May 4th Task Force

This exhibition features posters, flyers, and other items created by the May 4th Task Force, a student-run organization founded in 1975 to raise awareness among students, faculty, administrators, and the general public about the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970. (Curated by Haley Antell)


exhibit logo image fileExhibition: Spotlight on Special Collections & Archives at Kent State

Visitors can view interesting examples of books, manuscripts, and archival materials that illustrate the major areas of strength in the collections: American Poets, British & American Literature, Children’s Literature, History of the Book, History of Science & Exploration; Kent State University History, Local History, Performing Arts, and True Crime. New examples will be appear on a regular basis, so visit often! (Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus and others from Special Collections & Archives)


Precise dates of exhibitions are subject to change.

See our Past Events and Exhibitions page for information and links related to past programs.