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Written by Ella Worley about a week 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

Written by Laura Sorvetti one month ago

Picturing California: A Visual Tour Through the Golden State

Indigenous Californians were the state’s earliest image-makers. Their sacred, ancient rock art includes elaborate depictions of animals and human figures combined with symbols, patterns, and geometric shapes. These stunning markings in paint and chiseled rock are believed to be visual

Written by Laura Sorvetti two months ago

Cal Poly Alumna Sophie Huchting Cubbison – Creating a Thanksgiving Tradition

This Thanksgiving, as you head down the busy grocery store aisles, keep an eye out for Mrs. Cubbison’s boxed dressings and stuffings. “Mrs. Cubbison” was indeed a real person–and a Cal Poly alumna. Long before women became regulars in the

Written by Laura Sorvetti five 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 nine 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 Jessica Holada two years ago

Cody Architecture Collection Featured in New Exhibit at A+D Museum in L.A.

Special Collections and Archives is delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition Fast Forward: The Architecture of William F. Cody, on display at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. This celebration of Cody’s legacy is long overdue, and

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