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Written by Ella Worley two months ago

Celebrating Women’s History Month with the Women’s Zine Collection

A shining portion of feminist (recent) history is kept where you’d least expect it — in the back corner of the fourth floor of Kennedy Library, under lock and key, and separated into well kept, archival folders. Special Collections and

Written by Laura Sorvetti three months ago

The streets of Cal Poly: Take a historical walk

Cali Vance (HIST ’19) is an intern in Special Collections and Archives. During Winter Quarter she is researching Cal Poly history for the upcoming exhibit Building the Cal Poly Campus. This is the second in a series of blog posts in which she shares

Written by Laura Sorvetti three months ago

The Bishop Peak P

Cali Vance (HIST ’19) is an intern in Special Collections and Archives. During Winter Quarter she is researching Cal Poly history for the upcoming exhibit Building the Cal Poly Campus. This is the first in a series of blog posts in which

Written by Ella Worley four months ago

Comeback Construction

As a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives, I spend many hours a week scanning correspondence between architect Julia Morgan and client William Randolph Hearst, who wrote approximately 3,700 letters, telegrams, and drawings to each other between 1919 and 1945.  I am

Written by Laura Sorvetti five months ago

Picturing California: A Visual Tour Through the Golden State

Indigenous Californians were the state’s earliest image-makers. Their sacred, ancient rock art includes elaborate depictions of animals and human figures combined with symbols, patterns, and geometric shapes. These stunning markings in paint and chiseled rock are believed to be visual

Written by Laura Sorvetti six months ago

Cal Poly Alumna Sophie Huchting Cubbison – Creating a Thanksgiving Tradition

This Thanksgiving, as you head down the busy grocery store aisles, keep an eye out for Mrs. Cubbison’s boxed dressings and stuffings. “Mrs. Cubbison” was indeed a real person–and a Cal Poly alumna. Long before women became regulars in the

Written by Laura Sorvetti nine months ago

Preserving and Sharing President Warren J. Baker’s Legacy

Special Collections and Archives recently completed preparing several University Archives collections that are now available for research. Notably, the Office of the President, Warren J. Baker Collection, which includes approximately 32 linear feet of records and is one of the first

Written by Laura Sorvetti one year ago

From the University Archives: A Short History of Cal Poly’s Libraries

It’s National Library Week! This year’s theme is Libraries Transform, so we’re sharing a short history of how the Cal Poly library has transformed over the last 100 years.

Written by Laura Sorvetti one year ago

From Farmers’ Picnic to Open House – A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

University Archives is hosting a hands-on pop-up exhibit of vintage Cal Poly yearbooks from the University Archives. Drop by the library’s main entrance on Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and step into history. The story below was

Written by Jessica Holada two years ago

Cody Architecture Collection Featured in New Exhibit at A+D Museum in L.A.

Special Collections and Archives is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody, on display at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. This celebration of Cody’s legacy is long overdue, and