The Kennesaw State University Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) serves more than 250,000 patrons annually. MARB’s four units are an essential component of the KSU student experience while also serving regional, state and national patrons.

With an emphasis on high-impact learning, the museums and collections within MARB rank at the top of their respective fields. The staff and faculty in MARB include highly trained public historians, educators, archivists, and museum professionals who have extensive experience and are widely respected in the field.

At the same time, MARB creates an environment where students succeed. From volunteering as docents to curating exhibits, students have unique opportunities to gain real-world experience. MARB directly supports KSU’s Public History Program, an undergraduate certificate led by Dr. Jennifer Dickey.

Here are a few more departmental highlights:

  • The Museum of History and Holocaust Education hosts 22 onsite, online, and traveling exhibitions and more than a dozen traveling trunks.

  • The Bentley Rare Book Museum conducts class visits and hosts open houses, giving students hands-on opportunities to engage. This past year, they collaborated with students and faculty in the School of Art and Design and the Buffalo Museum of Science to create Discovering Bronzes.

  • The KSU Archives provides outreach and online access to its collections, and resources are designed to support the research, scholarship, and creative activities of students and faculty, as well as members of the northwest Georgia community. The Archives also curates exhibitions, and in 2019 will open a permanent exhibition on the history of KSU and SPSU on both campuses.

  • Records Management oversees university records and provides leadership and a forum for addressing institutional challenges posed by the maintenance, accessibility, and integrity of electronic information assets.

The work done through MARB represents a strong connection with the community while giving our students multiple opportunities to enhance their learning experience.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten