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Special Collections and Archives
Kennedy Library, Cal Poly
Gaps and Silences in Archives and Special Collections
While archives have been viewed as unbiased repositories of the past in its entirety, they are in fact spaces of gaps and silences. These gaps and silences are due to changing opinions of archivists have considered "of enduring value," and can reflect historical, institutional, and internalized racism, classism, sexism, and ignorance of marginalized genders and sexualities. Biases may also impact the archivist's description. Archives are not neutral.
Do you think the building or site you are researching was may have a permit before 1937? The SLO Building Permits Collection contains over 4,000 building permits issued between 1906-1937 on new and existing construction in SLO City. Search the inventory to the collection at the link above, or browse the permit viewer.