Mary Kennedy, a beloved presence on the Cal Poly campus for nearly four decades, passed away at the age of 97 on October 3, 2013. She played a significant role at Cal Poly; as President Emeritus Robert E. Kennedy liked to say, he “never made a decision without consulting Mary.”
Posts from the ‘Special Collections & Archives’ Category
Ever notice those huge, life-size photos posted on the windows of the University Store showing student life at Cal Poly in the olden days? The 100″ by 100″ photos are definitely hard to miss. The unique, blown-up images are part of a collaborative partnership between Kennedy Library and the Cal Poly Corporation. Read more
Step into the way-back machine, all the way to the year 2010. It was my first year at Cal Poly and the first time Kennedy Library celebrated Banned Books Week. Because our celebration was new, when someone had a question about the display they were encouraged to come talk to me. Every night at 10pm when I walked in the door, several students at the front desk were ready to yell at me, outraged that we were banning books!
Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & Archives. This summer he is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the third in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.
For decades, a rumor persisted among Cal Poly students and faculty that the university was established as a men’s-only college. I will finally debunk that myth: Cal Poly was established in 1901 as a coeducational vocational school. It was not until 1930 that the college banned women from admission, a ban which lasted nearly 27 years.
We’ve got artists’ books! They’re cared for with love in Special Collections, where they get the white glove treatment. Lately, they’ve also been getting their time in the limelight, as the stars of a summer series on Vine.
Zach Vowell joined Kennedy Library in July, 2013, as a Digital Archivist. This position is new for Kennedy Library. Read more
Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & University Archives. This summer he is working on a project to organize the papers of Cal Poly President Julian McPhee (1933-1966). This is the second in a series of posts in which he shares his experiences processing McPhee’s papers and learning more about the university’s history.
When the Streets Had No Names
One of Julian McPhee’s most overlooked contributions is the naming of streets on Cal Poly’s campus. Pepper and Mt. Bishop Streets and California Boulevard were all named as the result of a collaboration between McPhee and the Student Roads Committee together with Alfred L. Ferrini, a prolific Central Coast land developer during the mid-20th century. As with McPhee, several local landmarks bear Ferrini’s name, including Ferrini Square, Ferrini Apartments, Ferrini Enterprises, and Ferrini Road, all of which can be found around Foothill Boulevard.