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.

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Submissions from 2017

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The Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly Compared to Other Universities Across the Nation, Brett Barcellos

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Cal Poly Activism: The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Alex Butruce

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WOW!: A Look at The First Two Years of a Program like No Other, Kristina Carroll

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“Sign or Get Out”: Academic Freedom at the University of California and Cal Poly in the McCarthy Era, Cameron J. Coyne

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A President’s Influence on Student Activism, Katelyn Frum

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Hanging by a Liberal Root: A Study of Cal Poly General Education from 1975 to 2001, Kevin Hegyi

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Got Culture? The Lack of Diversity on Cal Poly’s Campus and the Attempts to Raise Cultural Awareness, Alice Jang

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Cal Poly Football: A Cornerstone of Student Achievement, Michael Langberg

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A Long, Slow March Toward Accessibility: Cal Poly’s Effort to Eliminate Barriers for Physically Disabled Students, Tyler Lopez

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Blaming the Victims: The Telegram-Tribune and Mustang News’s Coverage of the Disappearance of Kristin Smart and the Murders of Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford, Jacquelyn Morris

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How Cal Poly Athletics Maintained Success on the Chopping Block, Jenna Noce

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The Heroic Role of Women at Cal Poly, Bryce Owens

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Digging Deeper: Uncovering the Aftermath of Kristin Smart’s Disappearance, Kailyn Pope

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KCPR: Changes Through the Generations, Claire Ready

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The Minds of the Dissidents: Cal Poly Student Unrest during Robert E. Kennedy’s Presidency 1967-1979, Brigette Sadowski

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Welcome Back: The Return of Women at Cal Poly, Charlie Williams

Submissions from 2016

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Cal Poly's Soccer Campus Image, Vidal Aguilera

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Weathering and Withering through the Great Depression: McPhee's Early Years at The California Polytechnic School, Benjamin K. Aster

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Student Government: An Investment in Human Potential, Alex O. Budding

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Names for Fame, Tamiko L. Cavey

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Cal Poly and the Wayward Field of Home Economics, Cullen P. Conboy

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Coeds Come to the Cal Poly Campus: The Return of Female Students to Cal Poly, Kaylin A. Embrey

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Rodeo and the Women's Barrel Racing Team at Cal Poly, Sara D. Fellbaum

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Laying the Foundation for Excellence, Matthew T. Hamilton

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Town and Gown at Cal Poly, Jenna E. Iwamura

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University Housing: How Residence Halls Changed Student Life at Cal Poly, Gary B. Jimenez

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The Poly Royal Beauty Pageant at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: How Queens Reigned Over their Empire, Anna C. Johnson

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Cal Poly Entrepreneurship: The Journey of Innovative Culture at the University, David N. Karditzas

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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's Band Program: The Responsibilities, the Development and its Significance, Jenely-Anne Lozares

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Learn By Neglect: A History of Cal Poly's Stance on Campus Racial Climate, Salar Malik

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From the Berkeley Hills to Bishop Peak: Acquisition and Use of Land at Cal Poly and UC Berkeley, Paul J. Michaels

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Altitude: Cal Poly's Aeronautics Department and "Learn By Doing", Austin S. Ng

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Mockery of Philanthropy: How the Inter Fraternity Council of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Disassociates from Philanthropic Tradition, Graham E. Peralta

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Politics, Paranoia, and Poly: The McCarthy-Era Red Scare and Its Impact on California State Polytechnic School, San Luis, Emily E. Scates

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Women at Cal Poly: The Fear of Sexual Integration, Gabriela Shy

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Cal Poly’s Response to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s, Tessa St. Clair

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Cal Poly Women: Roles and Depictions during World War II, Elena P. Sullivan

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A Contemporary Witch Hunt: The McCarthy Era at Cal Poly, Courtney M. Thompson

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Disparity or Equality: How Were Female Students Treated from 1917-1920, Charlie Williams

Submissions from 2014

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School of the People: The Progressive Origins of Cal Poly, Andrew Gorman

Submissions from 2013

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Development of the Cal Poly Biochemistry Department, 1967-1977, Jackson Baumgartner

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The Civil Rights Movement at Cal Poly, Megan Manning

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Cal Poly Veteran Village, Jenna Rovenstine