Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, had had a very successful Seventh Avenue business before founding the Kent State University Museum so they had many friends in the fashion industry. Owing to this special relationship, the Museum acquired the archives of numerous designers, including such materials as sketchbooks, photos, and press kits.
These archives span the last half of the twentieth century and represent many segments of the fashion industry. Among the designers whose archives are represented are:
Jerry Silverman and Shannon Rodgers