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Digital Projects in Special Collections and Archives

Sharing digital projects created by students working with Special Collections archival materials

Mapping Projects in Special Collections and Archives

Using digital tools, students can create interactive methods to help Special Collections and Archives explore and learn from primary sources and other material from the archives. We have included below a selection of projects created by students using archival materials. 

Are you interested in creating a project? See a example list of ideas using the University Archives, or contact us at archives@calpoly.edu to chat about your project idea or interests!

Mapping projects with University Archives

Screenshot of a Google Map of Cal Poly with colorful points on the map depicting sites of activism at Cal Poly.

Mapping Student Activism at Cal Poly 

  • Tool: ArcGIS Online
  • Creators: SCA student assistants 
  • Archives data: Student newspaper articles and other research from the University Archives
  • Timeframe: 1 quarter and ongoing
  • Link to map

 

 

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Building Cal Poly

 

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Mapping the Trees of Cal Poly

 

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Crowdsourcing University Archives Photo pins

 

San Luis Obispo Research

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Views of San Luis Obispo, 1904

 

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1883 San Luis Obispo County

Beyond San Luis Obispo

ArcGIS Story Map: The Forgotten Work of Arthur G. Barton

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  • Tool: ArcGIS Story Maps
  • Creators: Ella Ban, Special Collections and Archives Student Assistant
  • Archives data: Project Index for the Arthur G. Barton Papers
  • Timeframe: Winter Quarter 2020
  • Link to StoryMap

 

ArcGIS Tour Map: William F. Cody, a Desert Pioneer

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  • Tool: ArcGIS Story Maps Map Tour
  • Creators: Katie Sheetz, Special Collections and Archives Student Assistant
  • Archives data: Project Index for the William F. Cody Papers
  • Timeframe: Summer 2016
  • Link to map

 

2020 Presentation