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Cal Poly Research via University Archives

Researching Cal Poly in the University Archives and beyond

Photo and Audiovisual Materials in the Archives

There are thousands of photos, audio recordings, and films and videos in the University Archives.

Many are digitized and available at the Online Archive.

For items that are not yet digitized, you can contact the archives to learn more.

Finding Digitized Photos

You can find digitized photographs and other visual materials in the library's Online Archive. By using the filters on the left-hand side under "Narrow your search" you can limit your results to specific formats of materials.

This is just a selection of materials from the archives. Contact us at if you don't find what you are looking for online, there may be items in the archives that we haven't digitized yet.

Browse all digitized University Archives collections.

Refining your online search - tips and tricks

You can limit your search to "Still Image" to search images (versus text or audiovisual). However, there are additional images that may be included in "Text"-classified documents, such as the El Rodeo yearbooks. It's always easier to start with a broad search and then narrow down your results as needed.

Selected photo-rich collections:

How to filter and limit results:


Audiovisual materials

Some audiovisual materials are digitized in the archives as well. This includes oral histories, VHS tapes, speeches, KCPR student radio, and Music Department LPs.

You can limit or filter your search by selecting "Audio" or "moving image" under the filters on the lefthand sidebar.