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Written by Courtney Thompson two 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 two 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 two 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

Written by Hailey Koetz four months ago

Archives and Archiving in the Digital Age: What do you do with your 1996 CD-ROM?

Kennedy Library houses many things. It is a second home to thousands of students and an office to its staff and faculty. The library is also home to Special Collections and Archives, the official repository for university records, campus history,

Written by Laura Sorvetti five months ago

Recently Digitized: Howard Louis’s Scrapbook, 1927–1933

This post was written by Isabel Brady (ECON, ’20), a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives.  This quarter, Special Collections and Archives digitized Howard Louis’ scrapbook from the Louis Family Papers. Howard, known to his friends and family as

Written by Ella Worley six months ago

Spooky Season in Special Collections

Halloween is upon us, so we’ve dug up some spooky (and a few not-so-spooky) books in Special Collections and Archives to set the tone. Everything previewed below, plus a few extra titles, are available at Special Collections and Archives on the

Written by Laura Sorvetti six months ago

October is California Archives Month!

Every October we celebrate California Archives Month, part of the national American Archives Month, a collaborative effort by archivists and repositories across the nation to highlight the importance of archival records. Learn more about California Archives Month here. Special Collections and Archives

Written by Courtney Thompson seven 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 seven 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 seven 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