Special Collections and Archives

Exhibits

Special Collections and Archives

Exhibits

Digital Exhibits & Featured Collections 

  • 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.

  • 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 & Archives.

  • 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.

  • Lafayette Tolliver Photographs
    Features the photographs of a Kent State alumnus who was a photo-journalist for The Daily Kent Stater and was known for documenting African-American life at Kent State and the Black Campus movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Kent State Shootings: Featured Audio Recordings
    A collection of some 100 audio recordings related to the Kent State shootings.

  • 50 Years of Special Collections & Archives at Kent State
    An online exhibit featuring selected highlights from major collections in Special Collections & Archives in celebration of our 50th Anniversary.