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Prepared by Haley Antell, November 2019
Descriptive Rules: DACS
Origination: Tolliver, Lafayette
Inclusive Dates: 1967-1971
Extent: 1.0 cubic foot (1 document case, 1 oversized box)
Physical Location: 10th floor
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Lafayette Tolliver graduated from Kent State University in 1971. He was a photographer and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater and the Chestnut Burr. This collection is comprised mainly of Tolliver’s photographs, which document black student life in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Biographical Note: Lafayette Tolliver attended Kent State University from 1967-1971, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in photojournalism. He served as a photographer and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater campus newspaper and the Chestnut Burr yearbook. Tolliver also photographed activities sponsored by black student organizations, was one of the founding members of Black United Students (BUS), and a member of the fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha. Tolliver was an eyewitness to the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970, and provided oral testimony to the Commission on KSU Violence. He received his JD from the University of Toledo College of Law and went on to become a civil rights attorney, practicing in Toledo, Ohio.
Scope and Content: The Lafayette Tolliver papers and photographs are comprised mainly of photographic negatives, prints, and slides, totaling over one thousand images taken by Tolliver during his time as a student at Kent State University. The images document black student life in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and include photographs of demonstrations organized by Black United Students (BUS), student activities in the arts, athletics, fraternities, and community service. The collection also contains newspaper clippings related to black student life on campus, BUS, and copies of Tolliver’s column “Basic Black,” which appeared in the Daily Kent Stater. Also included is a small amount of correspondence and a scrapbook.
Acquisition Note: The Lafayette Tolliver papers and photographs were donated to Kent State University Special Collections and Archives by Tolliver in 2014.
Related Material: Lafayette Tolliver’s oral testimony to the Commission on KSU Violence is located in the Commission on KSU Violence records, Series 4: CKSUC: Audio-Visual materials, Subseries 1: Audio Recordings.
Arrangement: The Lafayette Tolliver papers and photographs are organized into two series:
Alternate Form Available: A selection of images from the photographs series have been digitized and are available to view online in the Lafayette Tolliver Digital Collection. If you have any information to assist us in identifying people or events, please contact Special Collections & Archives and include a link to the photograph.
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Series 2: Lafayette Tolliver photographs
Scope and Content: This series includes over one thousand negatives, transparencies, and photographic prints taken by Lafayette Tolliver circa 1967-1971. The bulk of the images are 35mm black and white negatives, but there are a small number of 35mm color negatives, and 35mm color slides. The series also contains large format negatives, large format transparencies, and black and white photographic prints, most of which originated from the 35mm negatives in the collection.
Arrangement: The photographs are arranged alphabetically by format and by subject.
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