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Written by Courtney Thompson a few weeks ago

How to be Proper: A Turn-of-the-Century Etiquette Book

Expectations of social and societal behavior are forever in flux. While I feel so distanced from the gendered expectations that characterized the Victorian era, there are sentiments of proper etiquette that persisted through to the 20th century, and still, at

Written by Courtney Thompson four months ago

Dexter: Cal Poly’s First Library

In anticipation of Kennedy Library’s renovation, let’s take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about Cal Poly’s first library building, the Walter F. Dexter Memorial Library. Cal Poly had a library space since the campus opened in 1903. The

Written by Courtney Thompson four months ago

Happy Valentine’s Day from Special Collections and Archives

Valentine’s Day seems to have polarized Cal Poly’s student body for decades. While some students are enthusiastic on the prospects of love, others mark its existence as the “most depressing day of the year.” For the past 100 years, the

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 Courtney Thompson eleven months ago

Detectives in the Archives: Poly Royal edition

Cal Poly’s annual Open House is a time when the university comes together to show off their green and gold pride to the community, alumni, prospective students, and their families. This year Cal Poly celebrated its 25th Annual Open House, but there has

Written by Courtney Thompson eleven months ago

Cal Poly’s First Graduation

Twice a year, Cal Poly celebrates its students’ ultimate achievement: graduation. Often referred to as commencement, this celebration has its roots at Cal Poly going all the way back to 1906 with the first graduating class. Cal Poly was a completely