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Written by Laura Sorvetti a few weeks 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 Laura Sorvetti six 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 ten months 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 ten months 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 Cara King two years ago

“100 Years of Delivering the News”

Two exhibits celebrate journalism’s rich contributions to Cal Poly. The media used to tell these stories keep expanding, and the future looks bright. This year’s fall exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of Cal Poly’s student media, honoring journalism’s rich history

Written by Alex Thomas two years ago

A Map to Other Days

Alex Thomas is a graduate (Congrats Class of 2016!) of the History Department. Over the past 3 years Alex worked as a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. For his final project, we asked him to recap his senior

Written by Jessica Holada two years ago

‘Learn By Doing’ Goes Digital

Kennedy, pictured second from right, with the El Mustang staff, 1941.   LESSON ONE Creating a learning-by-doing polytechnic school like many a worthy project, may depend originally upon imagination and vision, but making it survive and prosper takes persuasion, persistence, and

Written by Amy Strickland two years ago

Women in Cal Poly Engineering: 50 Years Ago and Now

Amy Strickland is a Mechanical Engineering graduate (Congrats, Class of Winter 2016!) who worked as a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. In this article she sifts through records in the University Archives to uncover historical research on the College of Engineering. 

Written by Jenny Freilach two years ago

Out of the Box: Undergraduate Research in the University Archives

Special Collections and Archives’ current exhibit, Out of the Box: Undergraduate Research in the University Archives, features research by students enrolled in History 100: An Introduction to the Study of History. Students majoring in history are required to take this course early in their degree

Written by Zach Vowell three years ago

A new era for Cal Poly’s archives

San Luis Obispo, panoramic view from Terrace Hill, 1907 [composite]

Since 2008, Kennedy Library has made our special collections and archives available online at digital.lib.calpoly.edu, using a digital asset management system called CONTENTdm. This system served the library well in our early attempts to provide basic access to our digitized