Special Collections and Archives instructional sessions

Special Collections and Archives offers a variety of services and resources for Cal Poly faculty desiring to introduce their students to archives and primary source research, individual or collaborative research projects, or teaching undergraduate and graduate courses that utilize our collections.

Faculty are invited to explore topics with Special Collections staff to craft memorable, hands-on experiences and to consult our resources to learn about the scope of our collections and services.

Examples of Instructional Sessions

The collections are used in a wide variety of ways. Examples of instructional sessions include:

  • Introduction to archival research: get your students engaging with primary sources through active learning sessions with our unique materials
  • Engage with our Artists’ Books, and Graphic Arts and Fine Printing collections for students developing portfolios, theses, book design, graphic design, rhetoric
  • Subject-specific curriculum support: students are invited to discover primary sources on class research subjects
  • Architectural research
  • Cal Poly research using the University Archives
  • Local and county-wide resources on places, families, and organizations
  • Digital archives and the future of archives

Contact to schedule a class instruction session:

Laura Sorvetti, Public Services and Instruction Specialist
Email: ude.yloplacnull@ttevrosl
Phone: (805) 756-2391

Check-in procedures

  • Participants will be asked to leave personal belongings in the storage area in the Reading Room. Please review our Reading Room policies before your visit.
  • Participants are asked to wash their hands before handling original and limited edition materials
  • Pencils only
  • Photographs are permitted for many collections