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Written by Courtney Thompson yesterday

Week of Welcome: A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

Class of 2023, welcome to the 62nd annual Week of Welcome! In Special Collections and Archives, located in Kennedy Library, there are many items documenting WOWs of the past. Maybe one day you will also be recorded in the archives?!

Written by Laura Sorvetti three months ago

A Look Back at Commencement: Fascinating Facts from the University Archives

It is the end of Spring Quarter which means that it is time to celebrate our graduates at Commencement! The Special Collections students assistants team has helped us gather a variety of interesting commencement facts and stories they discovered in

Written by Laura Sorvetti six months ago

University Archives Collection Highlight: The Multicultural Center

This week the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center celebrated the opening of their new center in the University Union. As part of the celebration, we are highlighting the MultiCultural Center collection in the University Archives. History of the MultiCultural Center The

Written by Courtney Thompson seven 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 ten months ago

SLOmecoming: A look at Cal Poly’s Homecoming traditions

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) and Courtney Thompson (MA, ‘20) are student assistants in Special Collections and Archives. They curated an exhibit on Homecoming traditions through Cal Poly’s past. The original exhibit was placed on the second floor of Kennedy Library and

Written by Courtney Thompson one year 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 one year 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 one year 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

Written by Ella Worley one year ago

Special Collections’ KCPR History Playlists

Ella Worley (WVIT ’19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives and KCPR Programming Director. Read all the KCPR stories from the archives here. What’s that sound? It can’t be coming from Special Collections and Archives, they’re much too quiet! But

Written by Courtney Thompson one year ago

Detectives in the Archives: Poly Royal edition

Cal Poly’s annual Open House is a time when the university comes together to show off their green and gold pride to the community, alumni, prospective students, and their families. This year Cal Poly celebrated its 25th Annual Open House, but there has