Every October we celebrate California Archives Month, part of the national American Archives Month, a collaborative effort by archivists and repositories across the nation to highlight the importance of archival records. Learn more about California Archives Month here.
Special Collections and Archives are very excited to reveal that this year’s statewide California Archives Month poster features materials from Cal Poly’s collections!
The theme of the 2018 California Archives Month is “Building on History’s Foundations,” which celebrates California’s architecture, including the planning and construction phases as well as completed buildings and restoration projects. At Cal Poly’s Special Collections and Archives, we collect and facilitate access to thousands of records documenting California’s built environment. Collections include the records of architects Julia Morgan, William F. Cody, and Mark Mills, landscape architects such as Arthur Barton, architectural photographers, and local records documenting Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo county’s built history.
This year, two documents from the Julia Morgan Papers at Cal Poly’s Special Collections were selected for the state-wide poster. These two items capture a moment in time in the design and construction of Casa Grade at William Randolph Hearst’s estate at San Simeon. They are part of over 30 boxes of records documenting the project at San Simeon, items that range from telegrams and letters to architectural drawings and photographs. Through the records that Julia Morgan created and kept, the two-decades-long project is documented with extraordinary detail. All together, the Morgan Papers is made up of 100 boxes of materials that document Morgan’s forty-year long career and her life, documenting over 400 projects Morgan completed.
Researchers from around the world come to Special Collections and Archives to work with the Julia Morgan Papers and other collections that document the built history of California. If you are interested in visiting and researching, you can learn more about our collections on Special Collections’ website or see more materials digitized online.
Highlights from many of Special Collections’ architecture-related collections:
The video above is a compilation of film and video content from the University Archives. The video provides different views of the campus, including the earliest known moving images of Cal Poly. What looks the same? What has changed?
Compiled by Special Collections student assistant Ella Worley from the University Archives Audio-Visual Collection for the 2018 “Building Cal Poly” exhibit. See more film and videos of Cal Poly here.