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Written by Jessica Holada three 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 three 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 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 Conny Liegl three years ago

Out of the Box: Undergraduate Research in the University Archives

History students are the stars of a current exhibit in Special Collections and Archives focused on the delights and challenges of conducting primary source research, and the process of finding “hidden” stories in the University Archives. In fall and winter

Written by Conny Liegl four years ago

Islandora Marks A New Era for Cal Poly’s Archives

This summer the library’s Special Collections and Archives adopted Islandora, a robust, flexible, and dynamic digital asset management system and online discovery platform to improve the user experience. Since 2008, Kennedy Library has made special collections and archives available online

Written by Conny Liegl four years ago

Next Stop – San Luis Obispo: The Arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad 

In early October, Special Collections and Archives participated in the 2015 Central Coast Railroad Festival, connecting with local train buffs and the general public alike. Two interactive web maps were unveiled, which compliment a student-curated exhibit. The narrow-gauge Pacific Coast Railway carried people

Written by Kaylee Scoggins Herring four years ago

Mr. Hearst and Miss Morgan

Intern Kaylee is digitizing correspondence in the Julia Morgan Papers

Kaylee Scoggins Herring is a recent college graduate and an intern in Special Collections and Archives. This summer she is working on a project to digitize and make accessible online the correspondence between architect Julia Morgan and newspaper publisher William Randolph

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, 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 Katie Sheetz four years ago

Sister’s Inn: Re-discovering a San Luis Obispo business

In the fall of 2014, Special Collections and Archives acquired a box full of photos, newspaper clippings, and magazines. As a Special Collections Student Assistant, it is my job to reach back through the years and find the story that