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Written by Ella Worley seven 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 seven 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 seven 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 eight 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 eight 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 eight 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 eight 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 nine 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

Written by Hailey Koetz nine months ago

Working as a Librarian in the 21st Century

From the rise of smartphones to the use of online databases, life as it was thirty years ago, life without Facebook and the iPhone, is merely a memory in the minds of an older generation. With new technology, librarians are a

Written by Ella Worley ten months ago

Special Collections’ KCPR History Playlists

Ella Worley (WVIT ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives and KCPR Programming Director. Read all the KCPR stories from the archives here. What’s that sound? It can’t be coming from Special Collections and Archives, they’re much too quiet! But