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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

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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Kennedy Library collaborating with Graphic Communication on new Wadewitz Collection

Kennedy Library has been working with the Graphic Communication department in the College of Liberal Arts on a recent gift to Cal Poly, the E.H. Wadewitz Collection, donated by the Printing Industries of America.

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A Controversial Commencement: Cal Poly and Ronald Reagan, 1974

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Alex reflects on another Cal Poly commencement, back in 1974. And it turns out some of the topics from forty years ago still ring true today.

“There is one thing I do know: the world has improved in many ways since I was on the receiving end of a graduation speech.”

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Jack Growing Into the 20th Century

Derrick Usher is a communication studies major (Fall ’14) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. He is working on a project to organize the papers of the Jack Family of San Luis Obispo.

This is the third in a series of blog posts in which he shares his experiences processing the Jack Family Papers and some of the stories that he uncovers (read the first three blog posts here, here, and here). Read more

A spectacular view of the past: San Luis Obispo in 1907

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives.

The other day I got to time travel.

Refrigerator cars lined up on the tracks. A restaurant advertised to passengers: ALL TRAINS STOP 10 MINUTES. OWL CIGAR  – 5¢. The man at the ticket booth leaned up against the wall in the shade.

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