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Posts from the ‘Special Collections & Archives’ Category

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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From Farmers’ Picnic to Open House – A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

The history of Open House, one of Cal Poly’s largest annual events, spans as far back as 1904. We’ve digitally gathered some of the records that tell its history from University Archives to share with you. Read more

Discoveries in the Jack Family Papers: Some things change and some things don’t

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 two blog posts here and here).
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“Coeds” on Campus: The Power of Language, Discrimination, and Integration

This post is written by Soquel Filice (HIST ’15), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. This is the third and final post in a series she wrote about the history of women at Cal Poly for Women’s History Month. Read her previous posts here and here.

Women students return to Cal Poly, 1956 (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000673-A)

Women students return to Cal Poly, 1956 (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000673-A)

September 1956 was a momentous time for women at Cal Poly. Finally, they were re-allowed to take classes alongside of the men on campus and participate in what we would consider the “full college experience.” Read more