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Written by Laura Sorvetti a few weeks ago

Need a little dorm room inspo? Check the University Archives!

This article was written by Isabel Brady (ECON, ’20), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Learn more about the history of on campus housing here. As a new class of freshman move into the dorms this week, we thought

Written by Courtney Thompson a few weeks ago

Week of Welcome: A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

Class of 2023, welcome to the 62nd annual Week of Welcome! In Special Collections and Archives, located in Kennedy Library, there are many items documenting WOWs of the past. Maybe one day you will also be recorded in the archives?!

Written by Laura Sorvetti two months ago

Records of the Cal Poly Pride Center: New collection available for research

Special Collections and Archives recently received organizational records of the Cal Poly Pride Center and the collection is available for research!  The Records of the Cal Poly Pride Center (UA0081) includes six boxes of records dating from the 1970s –

Written by Ella Worley two months ago

A Window into Julia Morgan’s Early Childhood

Ella Worley was a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives before she graduated in Spring 2019! Here is her last post documenting her work in the archives, where she digitized hundreds of pages of correspondence in the Julia Morgan

Written by Laura Sorvetti four months ago

A Look Back at Commencement: Fascinating Facts from the University Archives

It is the end of Spring Quarter which means that it is time to celebrate our graduates at Commencement! The Special Collections students assistants team has helped us gather a variety of interesting commencement facts and stories they discovered in

Written by Courtney Thompson five months 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 Laura Sorvetti seven months ago

University Archives Collection Highlight: The Multicultural Center

This week the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center celebrated the opening of their new center in the University Union. As part of the celebration, we are highlighting the MultiCultural Center collection in the University Archives. History of the MultiCultural Center The

Written by Courtney Thompson eight 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 Charlie Williams eight months ago

Mastering the Art of Local Cooking

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Special Collections and Archives recently acquired several titles for an interesting new collection. For the chefs out there and food lovers alike, come in and check out

Written by Courtney Thompson eight 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