News  / Special Collections

Written by Laura Sorvetti a few weeks 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 two 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 Laura Sorvetti four 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 five 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 Charlie Williams five months ago

Mastering the Art of Local Cooking

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) is a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives. Special Collections and Archives recently acquired several titles for an interesting new collection. For the chefs out there and food lovers alike, come in and check out

Written by Courtney Thompson five months ago

Happy Valentine’s Day from Special Collections and Archives

Valentine’s Day seems to have polarized Cal Poly’s student body for decades. While some students are enthusiastic on the prospects of love, others mark its existence as the “most depressing day of the year.” For the past 100 years, the

Written by Hailey Koetz seven months ago

Archives and Archiving in the Digital Age: What do you do with your 1996 CD-ROM?

Kennedy Library houses many things. It is a second home to thousands of students and an office to its staff and faculty. The library is also home to Special Collections and Archives, the official repository for university records, campus history,

Written by Laura Sorvetti eight months ago

Recently Digitized: Howard Louis’s Scrapbook, 1927–1933

This post was written by Isabel Brady (ECON, ’20), a student assistant in Special Collections and Archives.  This quarter, Special Collections and Archives digitized Howard Louis’ scrapbook from the Louis Family Papers. Howard, known to his friends and family as

Written by Charlie Williams eight months ago

SLOmecoming: A look at Cal Poly’s Homecoming traditions

Charlie Williams (BA, ‘19) and Courtney Thompson (MA, ‘20) are student assistants in Special Collections and Archives. They curated an exhibit on Homecoming traditions through Cal Poly’s past. The original exhibit was placed on the second floor of Kennedy Library and

Written by Robert Hostetler eight months ago

Learning History Through First Hand Accounts

Hi! My name is Robert, I’m a 4th year history major and I have been working as a student assistant in the Robert E. Kennedy Library Special Collections and Archives since January 2018. In my months as a student assistant, one