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 2017
Cal Poly Activism: The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Alex Butruce
WOW!: A Look at The First Two Years of a Program like No Other, Kristina Carroll
A President’s Influence on Student Activism, Katelyn Frum
Cal Poly Football: A Cornerstone of Student Achievement, Michael Langberg
The Heroic Role of Women at Cal Poly, Bryce Owens
KCPR: Changes Through the Generations, Claire Ready
Welcome Back: The Return of Women at Cal Poly, Charlie Williams
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