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Written by Courtney Thompson a few weeks 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 Charlie Williams three months ago

SLOmecoming: A look at Cal Poly’s Homecoming traditions

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) and Courtney Thompson (MA, ‘20) are student assistants in Special Collections and Archives. They curated an exhibit on Homecoming traditions through Cal Poly’s past. The original exhibit was placed on the second floor of Kennedy Library and

Written by Courtney Thompson five 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 Laura Sorvetti five 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 five 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 Ella Worley seven 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 seven 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 seven 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 nine 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 Laura Sorvetti one year 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