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Written by Laura Sorvetti three months ago

Need a little dorm room inspo? Check the University Archives!

This article was written by Isabel Brady (ECON, ’20), Student Assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Learn more about the history of on campus housing here. As a new class of freshman move into the dorms this week, we thought

Written by Courtney Thompson three months ago

Week of Welcome: A look back at a Cal Poly tradition

Class of 2023, welcome to the 62nd annual Week of Welcome! In Special Collections and Archives, located in Kennedy Library, there are many items documenting WOWs of the past. Maybe one day you will also be recorded in the archives?!

Written by Laura Sorvetti four months ago

Records of the Cal Poly Pride Center: New collection available for research

Special Collections and Archives recently received organizational records of the Cal Poly Pride Center and the collection is available for research!  The Records of the Cal Poly Pride Center (UA0081) includes six boxes of records dating from the 1970s –

Written by Ella Worley four months ago

A Window into Julia Morgan’s Early Childhood

Ella Worley was a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives before she graduated in Spring 2019! Here is her last post documenting her work in the archives, where she digitized hundreds of pages of correspondence in the Julia Morgan

Written by Laura Sorvetti six months ago

A Look Back at Commencement: Fascinating Facts from the University Archives

It is the end of Spring Quarter which means that it is time to celebrate our graduates at Commencement! The Special Collections students assistants team has helped us gather a variety of interesting commencement facts and stories they discovered in

Written by Courtney Thompson seven months ago

How to be Proper: A Turn-of-the-Century Etiquette Book

Expectations of social and societal behavior are forever in flux. While I feel so distanced from the gendered expectations that characterized the Victorian era, there are sentiments of proper etiquette that persisted through to the 20th century, and still, at

Written by Hailey Koetz seven months ago

The Power of No Limits

What’s on display on the second floor of the library this Spring? Come to Kennedy Library and check out Limitless: The Process of Innovation, a display showcasing Cal Poly’s own PROVE Lab. PROVE Lab, as the name suggests, is a

Written by Laura Sorvetti nine months ago

University Archives Collection Highlight: The Multicultural Center

This week the Cal Poly MultiCultural Center celebrated the opening of their new center in the University Union. As part of the celebration, we are highlighting the MultiCultural Center collection in the University Archives. History of the MultiCultural Center The

Written by Courtney Thompson ten months ago

Dexter: Cal Poly’s First Library

In anticipation of Kennedy Library’s renovation, let’s take a walk down memory lane and reminisce about Cal Poly’s first library building, the Walter F. Dexter Memorial Library. Cal Poly had a library space since the campus opened in 1903. The

Written by Hailey Koetz ten months ago

Student peer teaching: LibRATs in the building

“Is this the second floor?” A man asked the three LibRATs on shift. He stopped in front of the research help desk looking confused before one of them asked if he needed help. “Where can I find this,” he said,