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Written by Charlie Williams seven months ago

SLOmecoming: A look at Cal Poly’s Homecoming traditions

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) and Courtney Thompson (MA, ‘20) are student assistants in Special Collections and Archives. They curated an exhibit on Homecoming traditions through Cal Poly’s past. The original exhibit was placed on the second floor of Kennedy Library and

Written by Robert Hostetler seven months ago

Learning History Through First Hand Accounts

Hi! My name is Robert, I’m a 4th year history major and I have been working as a student assistant in the Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections and Archives since January 2018. In my months as a student assistant, one

Written by Ella Worley eight months ago

Spooky Season in Special Collections

Halloween is upon us, so we’ve dug up some spooky (and a few not-so-spooky) books in Special Collections and Archives to set the tone. Everything previewed below, plus a few extra titles, are available at Special Collections and Archives on the

Written by Hailey Koetz eight months ago

Textbook Match: Decreasing Textbook Cost, Increasing Student Access and Inclusion

Libraries represent different things to different people, but at the core of their mission, they are a means by which people gain access to knowledge. That’s one reason Kennedy Library has implemented Textbook Match, a program designed to lower costs

Written by Laura Sorvetti eight months ago

October is California Archives Month!

Every October we celebrate California Archives Month, part of the national American Archives Month, a collaborative effort by archivists and repositories across the nation to highlight the importance of archival records. Learn more about California Archives Month here. Special Collections and Archives

Written by Courtney Thompson nine months ago

The Evolution of Musty the Mustang

Can you imagine? “Ride high, mules!” Well, neither can we here at Special Collections and Archives. Be glad that the Class of 1925 determined the mustang a better fit for their mascot. Cal Poly, established in 1901, did not have a

Written by Hailey Koetz nine months ago

Learn By Doing Scholar Award Recipients Announced

At the Fall Convocation, which took place on September 13th, 2018, six faculty members were awarded the Learn by Doing Scholar award. They are honored for their contributions to Cal Poly’s signature pedagogy, Learn by Doing. This award is an

Written by Laura Sorvetti nine months ago

Move-In: 100 years of Cal Poly dorm living

It’s mid-September, that energetic time when thousands of students return to San Luis Obispo after the summer break. Here’s a look back at campus living since the first move-in in 1903. Cal Poly’s first on-campus living Dormitory Row Three more dorms were added

Written by Charlie Williams nine months ago

Falling Down the Archive “Rabbit Hole”

Charlie Williams (HIST ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Here she looks a variety of sources from the University Archives that were all created to capture a single event in Cal Poly’s history. “What is it like

Written by Jan Kline ten months ago

Two Art-Themed Novels: The Italian Teacher and Still Lives

I recently read two very different novels centered in the world of visual art. Tom Rachman’s The Italian Teacher begins in 1950s Rome, and at first focuses on a bigger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear personifies the worst of the egotistical