Traveling Exhibits

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Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State University

Kennedy Library’s traveling exhibits have been developed to help share the unique cultural images and resources, found in the library’s Special Collections and Archives, with broader communities. Traveling exhibits are available on topics that include regional history of San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly history, architecture and the built environment, and ethnic and national communities in California.

Browse the list below to learn more about the content our traveling exhibits. For more information or to discuss borrowing one of our traveling exhibits, please contact ude.yloplacnull@llijurtc or 805-756-6395.


Traveling exhibits available from Kennedy Library

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Atelier Morgan is a traveling exhibit that highlights Julia Morgan’s personal archives, which belie one of the most persistent myths about her: that she destroyed the records of her nearly fifty-year practice when she retired in 1951. In fact, Morgan carefully preserved thousands of architectural plans, drawings, sketchbooks, photographs, correspondence, project files and other papers that tell the story of her life and career. Her vast archive, which was given to California Polytechnic State University by her heirs in 1980, is held in the public trust in Kennedy Library’s Special Collections. It sheds light on a life of skill and style and illustrates her influence on California architecture and the built environment.

You can borrow this exhibit and have visual representations of Morgan’s craft and design aesthetic in your own library or gallery. The exhibit also features reproductions of Morgan’s student work at the École de Beaux-Arts in Paris, William Randolph Hearst commissions, civic work with YWCAs and residential commissions. It also showcases her beautiful work in gouache and pastel on paper.
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Where We Stand is a traveling exhibit that documents the roles that student and faculty organizations played in building awareness of issues of diversity and identity on campus. Assessing their efforts reveals both what has changed since 1975 and what remains to be addressed on the Cal Poly campus. The exhibit illustrates how the Black Student Union, fraternities, sororities, faculty groups, the Society of Black Engineers & Scientists, and the Multicultural Center served as catalysts for student empowerment. These organizations promoted African American culture and diversity on campus at a grassroots level and established a community for black students at Cal Poly. Despite difficulties in obtaining both members and recognition from the student population, these organizations remain relevant and are crucial to campus efforts to reach a shared understanding of issues of race and diversity.
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Nisei Diploma Project: Stories from California Polytechnic State University is a traveling exhibit that highlights Cal Poly Japanese American students who were unable to complete their education due to their forced relocation and internment during World War II. This exhibit focuses on the alumni forced to leave Cal Poly and report to “Relocation Centers” under federal Executive Order 9066.
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Snapshots of Equality

The exhibit features reproductions of black and white photographs taken by an unknown photographer – most likely a delegate – to the 40th annual National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention held in Los Angeles, California, from July 12-17, 1949.
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Strive and Struggle: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, 1967–1975 is a traveling exhibit that explores Cal Poly’s reactions, struggles, and triumphs during the Civil Rights years. This exhibit also highlights Cal Poly’s efforts to establish Ethnic Studies courses, recruit black faculty, and combat racial prejudice in our community.
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“¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast.

¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast is a traveling exhibit, which showcases materials relating to migrant farm workers on the Central Coast of California, including oral histories, reports, correspondence, strike ephemera, and secondary sources. The exhibit also contains photographs taken by Manuel Echavarria documenting the United Farm Worker movement.
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A youth led traveling photo documentary exhibit about the indigenous community of San Juan Nuevo Parangaricutiro, Michoacan residing in Paso Robles, California. The project gives the entire community a better insight about P’urepecha youth, a way to see youth from their own perspective and insight.
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