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History 100

This guide is designed to help HIST100 researchers locate University Archives collections and materials.

Where to begin

1. Gather the info you already know. Include any names of events or groups, the specific year(s) you are researching, what you know about U.S. or world history at the time, the names of administrators or student organizations, etc. Having trouble? Here are some ideas. You can also read stories about 1960s and 1970s Cal Poly written by the archives staff.

2. Start with a general search at Cal Poly's Online Collections. Go here to see what we've digitized and learn how to search these collections.

3. Come in to look through collections that have not been digitized. Learn how to search these collections

4. Meet with archives staff to learn if there are any other collections that would be of interest to you and brainstorm further research ideas. Contact us at or 805-756-2305 or schedule an appointment here:


Student reflections from previous years