Kennedy Library’s traveling exhibits have been developed to help share the unique cultural images and resources found in the library’s collections with broader communities. Traveling exhibits are available on topics that include regional history of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly history, architecture and the built environment, and multicultural communities in California and the Central Coast.
Browse the list below to learn more about the content our traveling exhibits. For more information or to discuss borrowing one of our traveling exhibits, please contact ude.yloplacnull@stibihxe-bil or 805-756-6395.
Borrow an exhibit
Borrowing a traveling exhibit is easy. To ensure a successful hosting experience, Kennedy Library provides exhibit support including, installation and shipping instructions; sample press kits with digital imagery, and sample press releases. There is no cost to borrow an exhibit, only shipping and travel costs.
Step 1: Choose a traveling exhibit
Step 2: Contact Exhibit Coordinator
Complete a Exhibit Loan Worksheet and to learn more about availability, insurance, space, and shipping estimates contact ude.yloplacnull@stibihxe-bil or (805) 756-6395
Step 3: Loan agreement + shipping
Once a loan request has been received, a borrower’s agreement will be drawn between Kennedy Library and borrowers to sign. This is agreement is signed by both lender and borrower and shipping terms are coordinated.
Requirements for borrowers
Borrowers agree to do the following:
- Sign an loan agreement with Robert E. Kennedy Library
- Demonstrate that there is sufficient space to display the exhibit (# square feet in borrower’s display area meet requirements) and that security is provided for the exhibit, e.g., exhibit is monitored when the institution is open.
- Allow the public to view the exhibit free of charge.
- Provide reports, including an exhibit condition report and an attendance report to Kennedy Library.
- Appoint one staff member as the local coordinator of the exhibit. The coordinator is responsible for overseeing the set-up and dismantling of the exhibit.
- Agree to use designated exhibit credits and/or logos on all publicity materials.
Traveling exhibits available from Kennedy Library
Atelier Morgan: The Personal Archives of Architect Julia MorganBorrow Atelier Morgan
Atelier Morgan is a traveling exhibit that highlights Julia Morgan’s personal archives, which belie one of the most persistent myths about her: that she destroyed the records of her nearly fifty-year practice when she retired in 1951. In fact, Morgan carefully preserved thousands of architectural plans, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, project files and other papers that tell the story of her life and career. Her vast archive, which was given to California Polytechnic State University by her heirs in 1980, is held in the public trust in Kennedy Library’s Special Collections. It sheds light on a life of skill and style and illustrates her influence on California architecture and the built environment.
You can borrow this exhibit and have visual representations of Morgan’s craft and design aesthetic in your own library or gallery. The exhibit features reproductions of Morgan’s student work at the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris, William Randolph Hearst commissions, civic work with YWCAs and residential commissions.
The traveling exhibit content is organized into seven thematic sections:
- The Julia Morgan Collections at Cal Poly & Julia Morgan biography
- “A place is won at Beaux-arts…” & “This building is in charge of a real architect”
- “Something a little different…” & Home Life
- “Distinct Places” & Atelier Morgan
- Julia Morgan Job List and timeline
- Central Coast Designs
The exhibit consists of seven freestanding sections. The entire exhibit requires approximately 484 square feet of space for optimal display. To see sample layouts, packing list and exhibit photos, refer to the Installation Instructions
- 5 Didactic Stands (Cobra Stands) 7ft high x 24” wide (ea)
- 1 Job List (Wave Wall) 7ft high x 10ft long
- 1 Central Coast Designs (Triangle tower) 5.5ft high x 24”wide/dia
Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State UniversityBorrow Nisei Diploma Project
Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State University is a traveling exhibit that highlights Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II. This exhibit focuses on the alumni forced to leave Cal Poly and report to “Relocation Centers” under federal Executive Order 9066.
The traveling exhibit content is organized into three thematic sections, which together tell the stories of Japanese American students during World War II
- Cal Poly History of Japanese American students
- History of Japanese American Internment Camps
- Biographies of Cal Poly Japanese American students
The exhibit consists of twenty-six panels on gator board for hanging. The entire exhibit requires approximately 120 linear feet of wall space for optimal display.
- 1 graphic panel – 24×32
- 1 introductory Cal Poly history panel – 14×32
- 3 historical panels – 24×32
- 20 portraits with short bios (majors, clubs, relocation centers) – 10×12
- 1 additional honoree names – 10×12
Strive and Struggle: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, 1967–1975Borrow Strive and Struggle
Strive and Struggle: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, 1967–1975 is a traveling exhibit that explores Cal Poly’s reactions, struggles, and triumphs during the Civil Rights years. This exhibit also highlights Cal Poly’s efforts to establish Ethnic Studies courses, recruit black faculty, and combat racial prejudice in our community.
- The Introduction
- Mustang News Article Clippings
- Cal Poly Campus Efforts
The exhibit consists of nineteen panels on gator board for hanging. The entire exhibit requires approximately 175 linear feet of wall space for optimal display.
- 1 Introduction Panel – 24×16
- 1 Overview Panel with statistics – 30×20
- 7 Graphic Panels of Mustang News Articles – 24×16 (6), 30×20 (1)
- 5 Informative and Graphic Panels of Student Efforts – 24×16
- 1 Panel of Administration Efforts – 30×20
- 1 Panel of Martin Luther King – 30×20
- 1 Panel of National Leaders who visited Cal Poly – 50×24
- 1 Resource Panel – 17×11
- 1 Acknowledgement Panel – 24×16
“¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast”Borrow ¡Viva la Causa!
¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast is a traveling exhibit, which showcases materials relating to migrant farm workers on the Central Coast of California, including oral histories, reports, correspondence, strike ephemera, and secondary sources. The exhibit also contains photographs taken by Manuel Echavarria documenting the United Farm Worker movement.
The traveling exhibit content is comprised of photographs and interpretive panels.
The exhibit consists of thirty-seven framed photographs and six interpretive panels. The entire exhibit requires approximately 200 linear feet of wall space for optimal display.
- 16×20 (37 prints)
- 5×2 (1)
- 5×3 (19)
- 5×4 (11)
- 5×5 (4)
- 5×6 (1)
- 5 (1)
- 1 Acknowledgement Panel (12×24)
- 2 Introduction Panel (12×24)
- 1 Early Migration Panel (5×11)
- 1 Nurse’s Report on San Luis Obispo Camps with Photos of “Migrant Mother” and a Mexican Mother (11×16)
- 1 Payment Information Panel (5×7)
- 1 Striking History Panel (9×12)
- 1 ¡Viva La Causa! Graphic Panel (9×12)
With Our Own Eyes/Con Nuestros Propios OjosBorrow With Our Own Eyes/Con Nuestros Propios Ojos
A youth led traveling photo documentary exhibit about the indigenous community of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacan residing in Paso Robles, California. The project gives the entire community a better insight about P’urepecha youth, a way to see youth from their own perspective and insight.
The exhibit consists of two sections: forty-three photographic prints and six didactic panels. The entire exhibit requires approximately 200 linear feet of wall space for optimal display. To see sample layouts, packing list and exhibit photos, refer to the With Our Own Eyes Loan List.
- 43 Framed 16”x20” Prints (with 43 accompanying captions)
- 1 Introduction 18 x 24 in
- 1 Acknowledgements 18 x 24 in
- 4 Photographers’ Biographies 18 x 24 in