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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

Vote for your fave! 2014 Pitch Perfect Video Competition

Voting is now open in the 2014 Pitch Perfect 60-Second Video Competition! The Fan Favorite is awarded a cash prize of $500, thanks for the Orfalea College of Business, our partner in the competition. Voting is open until Monday, February 24 at 5pm.

There are 19 videos here! It’s the most we’ve ever received, which is very exciting. You’ll find a poll at the bottom of this long post where you can cast your vote. You must vote only once! We look forward to your selection.

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Reflection: Documenting the process

This was a really fun project to capture on video.

I first met Clare in the Summer of 2012 to begin capturing her thoughts and processes as she started the “Reflection” art installation project for Kennedy Library. Her enthusiasm and passion were apparent from the moment we sat down and she began to talk about her ideas. 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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Art and Design senior Ali Albiani is Open Science Cafe winner

Ali Albiani describes herself as a left-handed graphic designer and adventurer who lives life to the fullest. She’s a senior studying Art+Design with a concentration in graphic design. Her passions include “incorporating design in combination with technology, science, startups, fine art and Spanish.” She’s also the leader of our first Open Science Cafe!

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