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Welcome Class of 2018 (and welcome back everyone else)!

Special Collections and Archives student assistants Amy and Alex created these GIFs using historic images of Cal Poly. Want to see more? Check out these images, videos, and audio from University Archives!

Welcome Wowies!

Welcome Wowies! This was the view of campus 100 years ago (GIF adapted by Student Assistant Amy Strickland from a photo postcard taken by Frank Aston, Special Collections and Archives).

Hooray for Fall Quarter!

We’re so glad you’re here! Cal Poly fans cheer on their team against San Fernando in early 1960. (GIF adapted by student assistant Alex Thomas from a photograph in the University Archives Photograph Collection, Special Collections and Archives, ua-pho_00001746)

Holy Banned Books, Batman!

From examinations of the fallibility of our heroes to subversive social commentaries to moving memoirs and coming-of-age stories, the comic book genre has long surpassed it’s humble good versus evil origins. Maybe that’s what makes comic books so much more susceptible to challenges and bannings than other book genres: instead of easily-digested, two-dimensional stories, the genre increasingly challenges its readers to think beyond their comfort zone.

Dr. Dustin Stegner, who offers Graphic Narratives class here at Cal Poly exploring comics and graphic novels, addresses this issue and more in our latest video celebrating Banned Books Week, September 21 – 27, 2014.

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Nettie Sinsheimer – Quite a Woman!

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of the Sinsheimer family of San Luis Obispo. This is the second in a series of blog posts in which she shares some of her experiences in the internship and some of the stories she uncovers. Read Wendy’s first and second posts. Read more

Amy Falls Down, by Jincy Willett

Amy Gallup is a crotchety, misanthropic 60-year-old author and writing teacher who would strongly prefer to be left alone. At home. With her basset hound, Alphonse. (Her mantra, in Willett’s prequel, The Writing Class: Kill Me Now). Read more

More from the Sinsheimer Family letters: from civil war to earthquake

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of the Sinsheimer family of San Luis Obispo. This is the second in a series of blog posts in which she shares some of her experiences in the internship and some of the stories she uncovers. Read Wendy’s first post here.

A Civil War Veteran in San Luis Obispo

In 1862, when he was in early twenties, Aron Sinsheimer joined the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI), a regiment organized in Mansfield, Ohio. Read more

The hidden history within letters: the Sinsheimer Family Correspondence

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of a historic family of San Luis Obispo. This is the first in a series of blog posts in which she shares some of her experiences in the internship and some of the stories she uncovers.

 

My name is Wendy Myren and I am a history graduate student at Cal Poly.  This summer I am interning at Special Collections and Archives.  In this internship, my duties include: processing collections, preserving material, and enabling access of this material to other researchers.  Upon my arrival at Special Collections and Archives, I learned safe handling techniques and valuable tips on how to preserve these historical treasures.

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Judy Drake recognized for her support of Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association

This summer, Cal Poly’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) recognized Judy Drake for her tireless efforts in support of both students and the BFSA. Judy is a library services specialist in Access Services, and has been serving the students and campus via her work with Kennedy Library for 42 years.

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