Photo of Kennedy Library atrium in 1980 and today; Historic image (1980) courtesy University Archives

Written by on June 12, 2012

Dear Library, a photographic then and now

One recent Thursday afternoon the Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) visited Special Collections and University Archives on the fourth floor to view historic campus photos. There they found images of Kennedy Library 1980s-style along with the old library at Dexter. You can see the many styles of yesteryear in University Archives, as they have images of campus from 1901 to the late 1980s.

Photo of Dexter Library 1948 and today; Historic image (1948) courtesy University ArchivesYesterday and today
According to SLAC Co-advisor Jesse Vestermark the group (especially the coziness committee) had been playing with the idea of a “yesterday and today” type of photo project to help decorate the library’s walls for a couple of months.

“We were scheduled for a year-end behind-the-scenes visit to Special Collections,” Jesse said. “I mentioned the “yesterday-and-today” interest to Cate (Trujillo) and Laura (Sorvetti) and they came up with the great idea of doing a library-based activity with the library as the subject.”

The students were given reproductions of the originals to scout current locations around the library and campus to craft the “Dear Library” series.

Photo of the stacks in Kennedy Library in 1985 and today; Historic image (1985) courtesy University Archives
More images through the years
You can also see Cal Poly through the years by browsing El Rodeo and The Polytechnic Journal.

Historic images courtesy University Archives: 1) Kennedy Library in 1980 (top), 2) Dexter Library in 1948, 3) Kennedy Library stacks in 1985 and 4) Kennedy Library patio in 1985 (below).

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Photo of the patio in Kennedy Library in 1985 and today; Historic image (1985) courtesy University Archives

— Karen Lauritsen

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