Instructional sessions

Examples of Instructional Sessions

The collections are used in a wide variety of ways. Examples of instructional sessions include, but are not limited, to:

  • Presentations on Book Arts, Artists’ Books, and Graphic Arts and Fine Printing for students developing portfolios, book design, and graphic design
  • Introduction to archival research (departments have included History, English, Ethnic Studies, Architecture)
  • Curriculum support: class examination of primary sources on subjects in which the students are conducting research

Check-in procedures for participants


Laura Sorvetti
Email: ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra
Phone: (805) 756-2305

Special Collections & Archives offers a variety of services and resources for Cal Poly faculty desiring to introduce their students to archives and primary sources, individual or collaborative research projects, or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that utilize our collections.

Faculty are invited to explore topics with Special Collections staff and to consult our printed and online resources to learn about the scope of our collections and services.

Requesting an instructional session

To arrange a date and a time for an instructional session, please complete the following “Request a Class” form. The form must be submitted a minimum of 2 weeks in advance (preferably the quarter prior to the course), in order to confirm the availability of the Reading Room and permit retrieval of materials from off-site storage.

Special Collections cannot guarantee a course visit without a reservation.

We will confirm the availability of Special Collections within 48 hours. Please do not assume that a request is confirmed without a telephone or email confirmation.

Request a class

Instructor name (required):
Phone number:
Cal Poly e-mail (required):

Course no. and title (required)

Description of course

Number of participants:

Objective for requested class/session?

Types of materials, specific collections or books to be pulled?

Will Special Collections or University Archives materials be incorporated into a class assignment?  Yes. No. I don't know yet.

If so, please describe the assignment, including due dates.

Due date:

If appropriate, please attach assignment or course syllabus:

Additional comments or questions

Selection of dates

  • First choice
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