World War II Era projects and programs at Cal Poly:
Secondary sources - research including WWII-era history at Cal Poly
Cal Poly: The First Hundred Years. San Luis Obispo: Robert E. Kennedy Library, 2001.
Print copies: LD729.6.S5 C344 2001
Kennedy, Robert E. Learn by Doing: Memoirs of a University President: A Personal Journey with the Seventh President of California Polytechnic State University. San Luis Obispo: California Polytechnic State University, 2001.
Print Copy in library: LD729.6.S5 K42 2001
Internet access full text: http://digital.lib.calpoly.edu/rekl-16279
Smith, Morris Eugene. A History of California State Polytechnic College: The First Fifty Years, 1901-1951. Dissertation. 1958.
Print copy: LD729.C99 S6 1958
Internet access: https://digital.lib.calpoly.edu/rekl-94735
President McPhee papers: Search the inventory here
President's Annual Reports (good summary overview of the year's activities)
Mustang Roundup (WWII-era Cal Poly magazine), 1942-48
1942 El Rodeo Yearbook (last one published until 1946)
Cal Poly Student Newspaper (not published 1943-1944)
Everything digitized from 1939-1948