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Written by Laura Sorvetti about a week 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 a few weeks 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 Ella Worley two 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

Written by Courtney Thompson two 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 two 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

Written by Ella Worley four months ago

KCPR’s Origins AKA Burnt Dog’s Beginnings

Ella Worley (WVIT ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives and KCPR Programming Director. I never know where to start when I’ve compiled a lot of information. When looking at a stack of Things That Happened, it

Written by Ella Worley six 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 seven 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 seven 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 eight 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