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Posts from the ‘Special Collections & Archives’ Category

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

Mustang Basketball – A History of Excellence

This post is written by Alex Thomas (HIST ’16), a Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives (you can see more of Alex’s work here and here). Alex writes today about the Cal Poly Men’s Basketball Team’s past history and history in the making.

Keith Wheeler, Class of 1984. (University Archives Photograph Collection, University Archives, ua-pho_00000832)

Keith Wheeler, class of 1984, might have the same look on his face now if he heard of Cal Poly’s historic NCAA Division I win against Texas Southern on March 19, 2014. In Poly’s previous record season of 1981, Wheeler played with Kevin Lucas (#32) and Jim Schultz (#14). Schultz and Wheeler still hold first and second place all time for number of career assists, and Schultz’ record of 295 assists for the ’81 season hasn’t come close to falling. Lucas held the record for most points in a season – 579 – until 1991, and he remains second-place all-time. Read more

Waiting in the wings: Women and their supporting roles at Cal Poly, 1930-1956

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

How can Mr. McPhee say that he is educating men for the ‘real world’ if they never learn to deal with any women except me?

- Margaret Chase, Cal Poly Administrator, 1908-1946

As mentioned in my previous blog post, the California government decided to ban women from Cal Poly because of lack of funding for additional women’s facilities and home economics department, which most women students enrolled in. What is very interesting about this legislation is that in 1937 it was repealed, but women were not allowed to enroll in classes again until 1956. Why was this? Read more

Understanding Underground Comix: An introduction to the Moore Collection

Covers of selections from the Moore Collection of Underground Comix, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University

Covers of selections from the Moore Collection of Underground Comix, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University

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