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