This series serves as a gathering place for research on the history of California Polytechnic State University, from its origins as the "California Polytechnic School" in 1901 through the present.
Additional research on Cal Poly's history is accessible at Kennedy Library, including senior projects pre-2009. These materials can be searched at Kennedy Library's catalog.
Primary sources used in this research are found in University Archives, Special Collections and Archives, Kennedy Library, Cal Poly. Some materials from University Archives are digitized, including the student newspaper, the El Rodeo yearbooks, Cal Poly course catalogs, and photos and audiovisual materials.
Submissions from 2016
Cal Poly's Soccer Campus Image, Vidal Aguilera
Student Government: An Investment in Human Potential, Alex O. Budding
Names for Fame, Tamiko L. Cavey
Cal Poly and the Wayward Field of Home Economics, Cullen P. Conboy
Rodeo and the Women's Barrel Racing Team at Cal Poly, Sara D. Fellbaum
Laying the Foundation for Excellence, Matthew T. Hamilton
Town and Gown at Cal Poly, Jenna E. Iwamura
Cal Poly Entrepreneurship: The Journey of Innovative Culture at the University, David N. Karditzas
Women at Cal Poly: The Fear of Sexual Integration, Gabriela Shy
Cal Poly’s Response to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s, Tessa St. Clair
Cal Poly Women: Roles and Depictions during World War II, Elena P. Sullivan
A Contemporary Witch Hunt: The McCarthy Era at Cal Poly, Courtney M. Thompson
Disparity or Equality: How Were Female Students Treated from 1917-1920, Charlie Williams
Submissions from 2015
Submissions from 2014
School of the People: The Progressive Origins of Cal Poly, Andrew Gorman
Submissions from 2013
Development of the Cal Poly Biochemistry Department, 1967-1977, Jackson Baumgartner
The Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, Megan Manning
Cal Poly Veteran Village, Jenna Rovenstine