Research & Collections

Looking for your past?

The Museum collection is available for users to reference, with Museum assistance when appropriate. Some materials are available for circulation. Most materials are directly relevant and/or specific to the Kent area, but some general historical materials are available.

 

Holdings include:

  • Artifacts
  • Historical books
  • Historical public & personal documents
  • Newspaper Archive
  • Photograph Archive
  • Map Archive
  • E-media Archive
  • Reference books
  • Free informational brochures

The Museum also houses several specialized collections, such as a local Japanese heritage collection, a collection of music players and musical instruments, and Kent high schools’ annuals dating back to 1911.

We provide reference services for information requests to over 250 members and the public. We can customize information delivery for both private and professional patrons by locating, synthesizing, and interpreting information resources. In-house and some off-site information can be located.

Photographic and archival material can be reproduced for both personal/research and commercial purposes. Please see our Intellectual Property Reproduction Policy.