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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.
The University Archives is part of Special Collections and Archives, a unit of the Kennedy Library.
The University Archives was established in 1978 as the official repository for the historical records of Cal Poly. The department is located in Room 409 on the 4th floor of the library. Archives staff preserve, describe, digitize, and support use of University Archives collections for the purpose of preserving them and making them accessible to both the Cal Poly community and the larger community for research and other purposes.
University Archives materials are stored separately from Kennedy Library’s general collections due to their rare and unique qualities, physical condition, and/or format. Materials held in University Archives do not circulate outside the department, though many are digitized and are available for free online.
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The University Archives provides information on campus life, organizations, and activities; the physical campus, its facilities and the built environment; records documenting decision-making and policies on campus; and records documenting the experiences of students, faculty and staff, administrators, alumni, and the campus relationship with the community.
Student clubs and organization records
Papers of Cal Poly Presidents
Land acquisition documents
Academic Senate records
Yearbooks and annuals
Athletic Records, such as programs and media guides