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HERstory: Women at Cal Poly, 1903-1930

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

 

Since 1995, March has been designated by the American government as Women’s History Month, established and celebrated to”pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.” In honor of this month, I wanted to explore what it has been like for female students at Cal Poly. This post and others throughout the month are a compilation of statistics, photos, primary sources, and readings that I have found about what it was like to be a woman at a polytechnic school.

Many students are not aware of the presence that women had at Cal Poly in these early years and the impact that they still have today. What was it like to be at a school dominated by a large male population? Read more

Kennedy Library wishes you good luck registering for Spring Quarter!

From the University Archives Photograph Collection

The good-old days registering for classes pre-PASS (From the University Archives Photograph Collection)

 

Jack of all trades: Revealing history in Special Collections and Archives

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Indenture transferring the ownership of patent to Steele Bros., Abbott, and Jack, 1881 (Jack Family Papers, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, 014_spc_000018)

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 second 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.

R.E. Jack: The Entrepreneur

Over the past few weeks I have inventoried thirty-two years of the Jack Family Papers, spanning from 1861-1893. The majority of the papers consist of receipts, business correspondence, and a series of documents regarding Nellie and R.E. Jack’s  property and land taxes. While I know R.E. Jack and his extended family were prominent in California I had no idea the magnitude of their landholdings.
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A century’s-worth of family history

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 first 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 more

Find LOVE in Special Collections and Archives

In honor of this day of love, we’ve searched Special Collections and Archives for love and related topics. Here’s what we found:

The Cal Poly Rally Committee is on the lookout for love!
(University Archives Photograph Collection)

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Filed Again: Concluding findings in the McPhee Collection

Ben Simon is a student assistant in Special Collections & University Archives. 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.

Raising hope

Ed Sullivan to Bob Neal, November 14, 1960, Robert E. Kennedy Papers, University Archives, California Polytechnic State University.

A typescript copy of entertainer Ed Sullivan’s letter to Bob Neal of Cal Poly’s Alumni Association, offering support of a fundraiser to support the survivors of the plane crash, November 14, 1960.

To this day, the 1960 Cal Poly football team plane crash remains one of the most tragic events in Cal Poly history, and the scope of its impact extended far beyond San Luis Obispo.

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Preserving Cal Poly’s history for faculty and future

Special Collections and Archives houses interesting things from one-of-a-kind artist’s books to original, historical documents, films and audio recordings. Yet many of these films and audio recordings are on mediums that rarely can be viewed or listened to in today’s world. With this in mind, it’s good news that 37 recordings from Cal Poly will be soon be digitized and viewable on the Internet Archive. Read more