Special Collections and Archives


Special Collections and Archives


Illustration of people gathered around a hole. Caption: "The Murder's done: the Victim is at rest. The Murderer hath fled."NOW OPEN:
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. The materials in this exhibition will focus on four sensationalized trials: the trial of Ephraim K. Avery for the murder of Sarah Cornell, the trial of John Thurtell, Joseph Hunt, and William Probert for the murder of William Weare, the trial of Maria and Frederick Manning for the murder of Patrick O’Connor, and the trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.

Items featured are selections from the Borowitz True Crime Collection, housed in Kent State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives. (Curated by Haley Antell)

Exhibition: Keeping Kent Open

Immediately following the Kent State shootings, President Robert White ordered that the University close and an injunction was then granted to that effect. However, the faculty voted to complete their courses by any means necessary. This exhibit features legal documents, news clippings, letters, and oral histories surrounding the effort to keep Kent State open. (Curated by Katie Davis)

exhibit logo image fileExhibition: Campus Strike Papers: The Aftermath of May 4, 1970 

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 was on display in the Marovitz Gallery, 1st Floor, University Library from August 2020 - September 2021. 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
Borowitz Gallery (hallway adjacent to the Special Collections & Archives reading room), University Library, 12th floor. Open to the public 9:00 am - 4:45, Monday - Friday.

Part of a multi-location suite of exhibits created in 2020 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.