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Cal Poly Research via University Archives

Researching Cal Poly in the University Archives and beyond

World War II at Cal Poly

World War II Era projects and programs at Cal Poly:

  • Civil Aeronautics Authority Civilian Pilot Training Program
  • National Youth Authority Resident Project 
  • Adult National Defense Training Program 
  • U.S. Air Depot program
  • Cooperative project with the Navy to train naval aviators and deck and engineering officers
    • Navy's V-1 training program
    • Naval Flight Preparatory School (NFPS); V-5 program
    • Naval Academic Refresher Unit (NARU)
  • Food Production War Training Program

Secondary Sources on Cal Poly's WWII History

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:

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:

University Archives collections with World War II records

President McPhee papers: Search the inventory here

Digitized Sources on World War II

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