KSU Artifacts

Special Collections and Archives

KSU Artifacts

Special Collections and Archives

KSU Artifacts

Kent State University artifacts

Finding Aid

Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, February 1, 2002; Last updated: June 2022


Inclusive Dates: 1917-1991
Extent: 7.33 cubic feet (4 record storage boxes + 6 flat oversize boxes + 1 slim document case + 1 shoebox container)
Physical Location: 11th floor


Scope and Content: This collection contains a variety Kent State University-related artifacts (memorabilia). Many items are undated.

Accruals: Items will be added to this collection on an ongoing basis.

Related Material: Kent State University Sports artifacts are housed in a separate collection. See also the Kent State University Semicentennial collection for additional artifacts related to that event.


Box 1: Commemorative Plates (Dining Plates)
Contents

  1. Plate: "Administration Building" Semi-Centennial edition 1960. (Donated by Sue Lane; plate belonged to Allurta Adolph)
  2. Plate: "Administration Building" Brown image on white field, undated
  3. Plate: "Administration Building" Black image on white field, undated
  4. Plate: "Kent State University Twin Bands" Blue image on white field, undated
  5. Plate: "KSNS." (Kent State Normal School). Dining room plate (?), undated 
  6. Plate: "Official Kent State University Plate." Sterling silver commemorative plate issued by The Franklin Mint, 1974
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Frances Houser.

Box 2: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Contents

  1. T-Shirt: "Impeach Carol Cartwright," undated 
  2. T-Shirt: New Student Orientation, undated
  3. Embroidered KSU Badges, undated 
  4. Official Seal (old design) embosser, undated 
  5. Official Seal stamp, undated 
  6. Silver Bowl, "Campus Day," 1965
    Scope and Content:  See accompanying letter in folder.
  7. Brass Commemorative Seal/Paperweight, "Cunningham Hall, 1968, Kent State University," 1968

Box 3: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Contents

  1. Mug: "Supporter of the Lithuanian Program," undated
  2. Kent State University Megaphone, undated
  3. Kent Normal College Pin, 1917
    Custodial History: Owned by Rilla Miriam Beck Sowers. Donated by Ruth Sharec.
  4. Kent State Pin, 1924 
  5. Cardinal Key Bracelet, undated 
  6. Nameplate: "William Stewart Kent whose generous gift of land made possible this location of the Kent State Normal College and in honor of whom this College was named," undated 
  7. Ticket: "Kent State College Student Activities Ticket," 1934-35
  8. Keychain: "Be Wise; Continue Your Education at Kent State U. or Your Local Branch," undated 
  9. Keychain: DuBois Bookstore, undated
  10. Magnet: Kent State University, undated
  11. Buttons/Pins miscellaneous buttons and pins related to Kent State and Kent State Organizations, undated

Box 4: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Contents

  1. Official KSU Colors fabric swatches; velvet, 1925
    Scope and Content: See accompanying folder for documentation about colors.
  2. Pen Nibs used to sign House Bills No. 324 and 325 relative to changing the name of Kent State Normal College and adding courses and schools to the institution, undated
    Scope and Content: See accompanying folder for documentation.
  3. "Dink" beanie hat, undated 
  4. "Dink" beanie hat, undated 
  5. "Dink" beanie hat, undated
  6. "Dink" beanie hat, 1946 
  7. "Dink" beanie hat, 1956?
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Gareth R. Jones, Class of 1960.
  8. "Dink"style beanie hat with KSU Sesquicentennial patch, 1960
  9. "Dink" beanie hat, undated (but 1960s)
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Karl Kosko in 2017. The dink belonged to Kosko's mother, Myrna Mehaffey Kosko, while she was a student at Kent State University.
  10. "Dink" beanie hat, undated
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Bernard Lubran, Class of 1969.
  11. "Dink" beanie hat, undated
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Joel Schackne. 

Box 5: Flat Oversize: Academic Regalia
Contents

  1. Dean Arden Allyn's Hood and Cap, undated
  2. Dr. Mona Fletcher's Hood and Tassel, undated
  3. Dr. Raleigh M. Drake's Hood and Cap, undated

Box 6: Flat Oversize: Pennants
Contents

  1. Pennant: "Kent State Normal School, Kent, O." pre-1915?
  2. Pennant: "KSNC Kent," circa 1917?
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Ruth Sharec.
  3. Pennant: "Kent State Normal," undated
  4. Pennant: "KSN: Kent," undated
  5. Pennant: "KSN: Kent," undated
  6. Pennant, undated
  7. Pennant, undated
  8. Pennant, 1938
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Marcia and Walter Holmes.
  9. Pennant, "KSU," undated
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Gareth R. Jones, Class of 1960.

Box 7: Flat Oversize: Flags
Contents

  1. Flag: Kent State Normal School, undated
  2. Flag: blue and gold colors, undated

Box 8: Flat Oversize: NASA Commemoratives
Contents

  1. NASA Commemorative: Presented to Kent State University framed photos and artifacts from the orbiter Discovery, April 28-May 6, 1991
  2. NASA Commemorative: Presented to Kent State University framed photos and artifacts from the orbiter Discovery, April 28-May 6, 1991

Box 9: Flat Oversized: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Contents

  1. Building Plaque: Student Union, 1949
  2. Ombudsman for Students sign, undated

Box 10: Flat Oversize: Miscellaneous Artifacts
Contents

  1. Dr. DeWeese's office sign, undated 
    Restrictions on Access: Special handling is required as this item is made of glass, is oversized, and fragile.

Box 11: Printing Blocks for Kent State University Graphics
Contents

  1. Printing blocks created for Kent State University publications. Designed by John O'Leary (1934-2011; KSU Class of 1960) who was a graphic designer in the Kent State Publications Department from 1970-1990.
    Acquisition Information: Donated by Frances O'Leary, KSU Class of 1962.

Box 12: License Plates
Contents

  1. Blue and gold Ohio license plate to commemorate the 50th anniversary (semicentennial) of Kent State University, 1960
    Physical Description: Includes special license plate frame that reads "Kent State University 1910-1960" and includes semicentennial logo and vinyl plate cover with same logo.
    Acquisition Information: Donated in 2006 to the Alumni Association by Robert Lade, Class of 1956. Transferred to Special Collections & Archives in 2021.
  2. Blue and gold Ohio license plate to commemorate the 50th anniversary (semicentennial) of Kent State University, 1960
    Physical Description: Includes special license plate topper that reads "Kent State" and includes the university's seal.
    Acquisition Information: Donated in 2006 to the Alumni Association by Robert Lade, Class of 1956. Transferred to Special Collections & Archives in 2021.