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; Updated December 2015, November 2018


Inclusive Dates: 1917-1991
Extent: 7 cubic feet (4 record storage boxes + 6 flat oversize boxes)
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.


Box 1: Commemorative 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 Note: 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
    Acquisitions Note: 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, 1946 
  6. "Dink" beanie hat, 1956?
    Acquisition Note: Donated by Gareth R. Jones, Class of 1960.

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 Note: 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 Note: Donated by Marcia and Walter Holmes.
  9. Pennant, "KSU," undated
    Acquisition Note: 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 
    Note: Handle with extreme care as this item is made of glass.