Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Special Collections and Archives

Current Events and Exhibitions

Exhibition: BUS at 50: Photography of E. Timothy Moore and Lafayette Tolliver

Uumbaji Gallery in Oscar Ritchie Hall, February 21-March 14, 2018

The Uumbaji gallery is proud to host BUS at 50: Photography of E. Timothy Moore and Lafayette Tolliver, and others. This show chronicles the development and programming of Black United Students at Kent State University over the last 50 years. BUS at 50 includes photographs of African American student life ranging from 1968-2015 and covers diverse events including iconic national figures speaking on campus to student-led protests and social events. (Curated by University Archivist and Assistant Professor Lae’l Hughes-Watkins and Associate Professor of Pan African Studies Idris Kabir Syed.)

The opening reception is Friday, February 23, 2018, from 5-7 p.m. in the Uumbaji gallery in Oscar Ritchie Hall.

The Lafayette Tolliver collection is housed in University Libraries Department of Special Collections and Archives. To view more  images: https://omeka.library.kent.edu/special-collections/exhibits/show/tolliver


Exhibition: 50 Years of Special Collections & Archives at Kent State

Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, University Library Room 1212

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kent State Library’s Special Collections & Archives programs and collections, a new exhibit is now open on the 12th floor and in an exhibit case on the first floor of the University Library Building. The exhibit spotlights interesting and representative items from the collections—affording students a window into the research opportunities these unique resources can provide. This exhibit is also viewable online. (Curated by Kathleen Siebert-Medicus)


Exhibition: The Kent State Shootings: Through the Lens of Two Photographers

Borowitz Gallery, University Library, 12th floor, August 2016-summer 2019

This exhibition showcases the events surrounding the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings with photographs taken by Lafayette Tolliver and Howard Ruffner. Both were student photo-journalists at Kent State in 1970. Selections of their work will be on semi-permanent display in Special Collections and Archives as we head toward the 50th anniversary milestone of an event that placed Kent State in the international spotlight and changed the trajectory of the Vietnam War. (Curated by Lae'l Hughes-Watkins)