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Posts from the ‘Special Collections & Archives’ Category

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 What is very interesting about this legislation is that in 1937 it was repealed, but women were not allowed to enroll in classes again until 1956.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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Jessica Holada named Director of Special Collections and Archives

This post is written by University Librarian Anna Gold.

Jessica Holada joined Cal Poly on March 3, as Kennedy Library’s new Director for Special Collections and Archives.

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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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