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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.

 

The Sinsheimer Family, circa 1893 (Sinsheimer Collection, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, 036-8-05-122-05-01)

The Sinsheimer Family, circa 1893 (Sinsheimer Collection, Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University, 036-8-05-122-05-01)

Jeanette “Nettie” Weil married Aron Sinsheimer at the young age of seventeen, and bore him ten children in eighteen years (One of the children, Fernanda, died at a young age from complications from polio).  I must admit that initially going into this project I assumed that Aron and Nettie had strict gender roles reflective of the late-19th and early-20th centuries.  How wrong was I!  Nettie is by far the most headstrong, proactive, and independent women I have had the pleasure of reading about.  According to the history of the family that I used as a reference (Sinton’s The Sinsheimer Brothers of San Luis Obispo and San Francisco), Nettie was a busy woman and frequently referred to as “the general” by her family. 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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The Antagonist, by Lynn Coady

The novel made up entirely of letters isn’t a new form. But the email novel is a newer development — not that there aren’t already enough examples of them out there to make writing one a potentially slippery slope ending in a bog of quickly-dated cliche. Read more

Kaila Bussert named new Foundational Experiences Librarian

Kaila Bussert joined Cal Poly on July 7 as the new Foundational Experiences Librarian.

Kaila will work across the campus to develop instructional and recreational programming to support the development of competencies and literacies that are the underpinning of a successful comprehensive polytechnic education.

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