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Written by Jenny Freilach three 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 four 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

Written by Soquel Filice four years ago

Reflections on Cal Poly Home Economics Department: Part II

This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives who is investigating the experiences of women at Cal Poly through the decades. Want to know more about the history of women at Cal

Written by Soquel Filice four years ago

When Poly Was Royal: Queens on Campus

This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Soquel curated When Poly Was Royal, an exhibit on the history of Open House at Cal Poly. In the process, she was inspired to write

Written by Derrick Usher four years ago

Mustang Daily Digitization Project

Special Collections and Archives is digitizing Cal Poly’s student newspaper collection. The collection includes of all of Cal Poly’s student newspapers, beginning with the first weekly student publication, The Polygram, in 1916. We’ve named the endeavor “The Mustang Daily Digitization Project,” in recognition of the

Written by Alex Thomas five years ago

9 Halloween costume ideas from University Archives

We had fun going through the University Archives collections to find photos to inspire your last-minute Halloween costumes (or to look at just because they are AWESOME). And there’s more where these came from.

Written by Amy Strickland five years ago

Cal Poly’s Geodesic Dome: Then and Now

This post was written by Amy Strickland (ME ’15), a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. This summer I worked on several projects in Special Collections and Archives, including scanning all the aerial photographs of campus in the University Archives Photograph

Written by Alex Thomas five years ago

The Sound of Yesterday

“… President Carter has asked Congress for standby power to ration gasoline…” “Hello! You’re on 91 Talkback.” “Hi, I’d like to talk about the draft…” “…law enforcement officials had predicted that UFW leader Cesar Chavez would lead thousands of striking

Written by Alex Thomas five years ago

A Controversial Commencement: Cal Poly and Ronald Reagan, 1974

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Alex reflects on another Cal Poly commencement, back in 1974. And it turns out some of the topics from forty years ago still ring

Written by Laura Sorvetti five years ago

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

The history of Open House, one of Cal Poly’s largest annual events, spans as far back as 1904. We’ve digitally gathered some of the records that tell its history from University Archives to share with you.