Special Collections and Archives

Special Collections and Archives preserves, promotes, and provides access rare and unique materials that reflect the history and culture of our community. The department is also the official home of Cal Poly’s University Archives.

This group helps students and researchers find and use collections that are colorful and priceless: from Cal Poly yearbooks to oral histories of early settlers; from comic books to artists books. See some of what we’ve digitized here.

The Special Collections and Archives department is located on the 4th floor of Kennedy Library, in room 409. We are open to the public Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm. Exceptions to the general hours can be found here.

Contact information

Email: ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra

Phone: 805.756.2305

Mailing Address:
Special Collections & Archives
Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University
1 Grand Avenue, Building 35, Room 409
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Jessica Holada
Director of Special Collections & Archives
805-756-5771 | E-mail | Office: 35-409

Berlin Loa
Archives Processor and Projects Coordinator
805-756-5896 | E-mail | Office: 35-409

Laura Sorvetti
Reference and Instruction, Special Collections and Archives
805-756-2391 | E-mail | Office: 35-409

Zach Vowell
Digital Archivist
805-756-5710 | E-mail | Office: 35-409