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Bentley Rare Book Museum. records, 1983-2022

Identifier: KSU-22-03

Content Description

The collection consists of Open House materials from the Bentley Rare Book Museum, correspondence, photographs, construction records such as contracts, invoices, and receipts, as well as various forms of publications such as brochures and booklets.


  • Creation: 1983-2022


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws.  Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work.  However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for Official University records is held by Kennesaw State University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material must be secured from the repository and/or copyright holder.

Biographical and Historical Information

The Bentley Rare Book Gallery, now Museum, was established in 1986 through a collaboration between Library Director, Mr. Robert Williams,  Mr. Fred Bentley, Sr. and College President, Dr. Betty Siegel. It  was initially constructed to house Fred Bentley, Sr.'s donation of approximately 1,000 volumes of nineteenth and early twentieth century first editions. The Gallery was designed to represent a middle-class domestic English library circa 1760-1820. John Frey, Jr. was hired to construct the Gallery using methods and processes that remained true to this period. Since its completion, the Bentley Rare Book Gallery has served as a destination for students, faculty, community members and book lovers.


1.25 cubic feet (2 document cases, 1 oversize box)

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Method of Acquisition

Transferred from the Bentley Rare Book Museum in May 2017. Construction-related materials acquired from Nina Frey in August 2012

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Processing Information

Processed by: Armando Suarez, May 2017; reprocessed by Maggie Thomas, April 2020

Maggie Thomas
9 April 2020
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Revision Statements

  • 20 October 2022: updated by Maggie Thomas

Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Repository

1000 Chastain Road
MD 1704
Kennesaw GA 30144 GKJ