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The hidden history within letters: the Sinsheimer Family Correspondence

Wendy Myren is a history graduate student (Spring ‘15) completing an internship in Special Collections and Archives. She is working on a project to organize the correspondence of a historic family of San Luis Obispo. This is the first in a series of blog posts in which she shares some of her experiences in the internship and some of the stories she uncovers.

 

My name is Wendy Myren and I am a history graduate student at Cal Poly.  This summer I am interning at Special Collections and Archives.  In this internship, my duties include: processing collections, preserving material, and enabling access of this material to other researchers.  Upon my arrival at Special Collections and Archives, I learned safe handling techniques and valuable tips on how to preserve these historical treasures.

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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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The New Atascadero Library: Turning vision into reality

This post is written by Katherine O’Clair, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Librarian.

On Saturday, June 7, I had the joy and privilege to attend the grand opening of the new Atascadero (Public) Library. The large crowd anxiously awaiting the ribbon-cutting included families, residents, community leaders, and library staff. This was a great day for which many had waited a long time.

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Student Assistants of the Library: Roxanne Hoffman

Packing, scanning, and checking-in texts and media might sound a little boring, but without it, we wouldn’t have access to a lot of valuable stuff. And for student assistant Roxanne Hoffman, this is all in a day’s work with Interlibrary Loan at Kennedy Library.

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Open Science Cafe: First year launch

I’ve been reflecting on the inaugural Open Science Cafe. In case you missed it, Ali Albiani, a soon-to-be-graduate in art and design, developed an interactive event that featured Steve Duenes, graphics director at The New York Times: “How to use data and design to tell stories” on May 9, 2014. It was a big hit!

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Objects of Affection: Looking at the Diverse History of the Central Coast

Through stories, pictures, songs, performances, love letters and a rich family history, Objects of Affection shows us what life was like for diverse families on the Central Coast.

The “Objects of Affection” exhibit draws upon the personal papers of families featured in the Re/Collecting Project (RECO), an online archive and ethnic studies memory project featuring  families of California’s Central Coast. The project is directed by Dr. Grace Yeh, associate professor of ethnic studies at Cal Poly.

“These stories can’t be found in archives. They are personal stories and family photos,” Grace said.

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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