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Mission San Luis Obispo
Mission San Luis Obispo
Mission San Luis Obispo about 1890. Father Junipero Serra founded the mission in 1772. During the 1880s, it's adobe walls were covered with wooden clapboard siding, and a New England-style bell tower was added. These alterations were removed in about 1934, and the mission's facade and roofline were restored to their original style., ITS 64-24
First Annual Catalogue
First Annual Catalogue
Catalogue from the school's first year.
 Domestic Arts, Administration, and Dormitory buildings (left to right)
Domestic Arts, Administration, and Dormitory buildings (left to right)
Domestic Arts (1907- later known as Agricultural Education Building.) Administration Bldg. (1903) Dormitory (1903)
[First Polytechnic Building Under Construction]
[First Polytechnic Building Under Construction]
First Polytechnic building under construction (from C.H. Johnson Ranch), 1903, Centennial Book Pg. 17, Amy Strickland
First Polytechnic Building Under Construction
First Polytechnic Building Under Construction
(From C.H. Johnson Ranch), 1903, Centennial Book, p. 17, SA, UA-campus-views-1903-1939-01
[View from school, looking westward]
[View from school, looking westward]
Written on front: "San Luis Mountain. View from the school, looking westward. Bishop Mountain.", Amy Strickland
President Theodore Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt
President Theodore Roosevelt addresses a group in Santa Barbara on May 9, 1903. A few hours later, he spoke to the citizens of San Luis Obispo, praising them for their support of the new state school., ITS 67-190
Director Leroy Anderson and Wife Isabel at Their Rented Buchon Home
Director Leroy Anderson and Wife Isabel at Their Rented Buchon Home
Director Leroy Anderson and his wife, Isabel, on the front steps of their rented home on Bushon Street, where they lived while their house on Mill Street was being built.
Panoramic View 1905
Panoramic View 1905
A panoramic view of the Polytechnic campus in 1905.
Irene Righetti
Irene Righetti
Graduation Portrait of Irene Righetti (Class of 1906). Poly girls were required to make their own graduation dresses.
 Booklet of Mechanical Drawings Completed by Ben Miossi
Booklet of Mechanical Drawings Completed by Ben Miossi
A booklet of mechanical drawings Ben Miossi completed as a student.
Irene Righetti's Diploma
Irene Righetti's Diploma
Irene Righetti's Diploma
First Issue of The Polytechnic Journal [cover]
First Issue of The Polytechnic Journal [cover]
The first issue of The Polytechnic Journal, June 1906.
California Polytechnic School Campus 1907
California Polytechnic School Campus 1907
The California Polytechnic School campus in 1907. Established by a state legislative act in 1901, the school opened to students in the fall of 1903, UA-Cent Book-12-01
07 Basket Ball Team
07 Basket Ball Team
Group portrait of men's basketball team, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-028; Aston 100
Cal. Polytechnic School Oct. '07
Cal. Polytechnic School Oct. '07
Faculty and student body of Cal Poly on steps of Weeks Administration Building, Oct. 1907. (1 addressed to Miss Mae Brew, signed 'G.A.J. Jr.'; 1 addressed to Miss Edith Bianchi, signed 'Joe,' (possibly Joseph Bianchi, Class of 1909); postmarked Oct. 24 1907; published in Polytechnic J. (v.3, no.1, Oct. 1907)), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-133
[1907 Women's Basketball Team]
[1907 Women's Basketball Team]
1907 Women's basketball team, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-034
[1907 Women's Basketball team]
[1907 Women's Basketball team]
1907 women's basketball team in athletic garb; 9 women. (1 addressed to 'Miss Mae Brew'), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-039
[1907 Basketball Teams]
[1907 Basketball Teams]
1907 basketball teams; women's team seated front; men's team standing behind; basketball painted 'CPS '07.' 1 addressed to 'Miss Mae Brew'; image published in Polytechnic Journal (v.3, no. 5, Feb. 1908), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-027
1907 Basketball Team
1907 Basketball Team
1907 women's basketball team in athletic costume; with coach., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-035; Aston 099
The Student Football Team, 1907
The Student Football Team, 1907
The student football team in 1907.
The Polytechnic Journal for December 1907
The Polytechnic Journal for December 1907
The Polytechnic Journal for December 1907 featured student articles and artwork.
08 Track Team
08 Track Team
Track and field team in uniform on the track with athletic equipment; wearing ribbons won at events; with coach [F.E. Edwards?], Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-065; Aston 312
440-Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Polytechnic '08
440-Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Polytechnic '08
440 yard dash, Santa Maria v. Cal Polytechnic '08'; at the finish line; at Cal Poly, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-055; Aston 303
[Clydesdales in Santa Barbara]
[Clydesdales in Santa Barbara]
Inscription on back: "'Clydes' Santa Barbara, May '08", Amy Strickland
Color Postcard of California Polytechnic School
Color Postcard of California Polytechnic School
A 1908 color postcard shows the Administration Building, center, with Dormitory No. 1 on the left and the Household Arts Building on the right. In 1908, the California Polytechnic School had about 150 students., UA-PosterColl-Buildings
Cal. Polytechnic 1908 [baseball team]
Cal. Polytechnic 1908 [baseball team]
1908 baseball team, 2 different uniforms, with equipment; 17 players; in front of administration building.(Published in Polytechnic Journal (v.3, no.7, Apr. 1908) with caption 'Polytechnic Baseball Squad, 1908'), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-022; Aston 287
220 Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Cal Polytechnic '08
220 Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Cal Polytechnic '08
220 yard dash, Santa Maria v. Cal. Polytechnic '08'; runners shot from behind as they approach finish line; crowd of spectators includes a photographer on other side of finish line, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-057; Aston 306
Cross-Pollinating Tomatoes
Cross-Pollinating Tomatoes
A plant propagation student pollinating tomatoes in one of the California Polytechnic's greenhouses, 1908.
 Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. Oct. '08
Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. Oct. '08
Faculty and student body of Cal Poly on steps of Weeks Administration Building, Oct. 1908. (1 addressed to 'W.J.S.', not signed), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-134; Aston 472
[1908 Women's Basketball team]
[1908 Women's Basketball team]
1908 women's basketball team in uniform; with coach Margaret Chase; on outdoor court. (On reverse: 'Miss Chase at one end and I at other - manager of team.' (Hazel Griffith); all members identified in caption in Polytechnic J. (v.4, no. 5, Feb. 1909), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-037; Aston 602
1908 Cal Poly Football Team Portrait
1908 Cal Poly Football Team Portrait
Left to Right: Back Row- Adams, Pea[s]e, Pe[zz]ons, Hayward, no name, [Carol], no name. Front row- no name, [Bud], Cox, Manning, Hopkins., UA-Football-early-04
[1908 Baseball Team]
[1908 Baseball Team]
1908 baseball team in uniform with equipment;9 players, lined up according to height, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-021; Aston 286
The Journal Staff 1908
The Journal Staff 1908
The Journal staff gathered in 1908 for a formal portrait.
Mile Relay Santa Maria vs. Polytechnic '08
Mile Relay Santa Maria vs. Polytechnic '08
Mile relay, Santa Maria v. Cal Polytechnic '08'; two? teams passing the baton; spectators on the sidelines; at Cal Poly, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-058; Aston 311
 100 Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Cal. Polytechnic '08
100 Yard Dash Santa Maria vs. Cal. Polytechnic '08
100 yard dash, Santa Maria v. Cal Polytechnic '08' ; runners in starting position; wooden fence in background; meet at Cal Poly, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-056; Aston 302
Polytechnic Journal Staff '08
Polytechnic Journal Staff '08
Group portrait of Polytechnic Journal staff, 1907-08. Taken in studio. Seated: Earl Campbell, Ruth Gould, Ernest W. Curtis, Hazel May Griffith, George Albert Tilton; standing: Alfred C. Dixon, --, --, Rachael E. Ramage, George Calvin Hopkins.(1 card addressed to 'Miss Diana Kendall' signed 'Geo. Tilton'), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-186; Aston 269
[1908 women's basketball team]
[1908 women's basketball team]
1908 women's basketball team in uniform; with coach Margaret Chase; on outdoor court. (Published with all members identified in caption in Polytechnic J. (v.4, no. 5, Feb. 1909), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-036; Aston 601
[First Administration Building]
[First Administration Building]
Inscription on back: "Week's Buildings - southwest corner and west side (1908)", Amy Strickland
[1909 Women's Basketball Team]
[1909 Women's Basketball Team]
1909 women's basketball team in uniform; with coach Margaret Chase; administration building in background, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-033; Aston 352
[Lowe's Roundup]
[Lowe's Roundup]
Inscription on back: "Lowe's Round Up, S.L.O. 1909", Amy Strickland
[Lowe's Roundup]
[Lowe's Roundup]
Inscription on back: "Lowe's Roundup S.L.O. 1909", Amy Strickland
[Dipping, Lowe's Roundup]
[Dipping, Lowe's Roundup]
Inscription on back: "Dipping, Lowe's Roundup, 1909", Amy Strickland
 Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. '09 Journal Staff
Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. '09 Journal Staff
Group portrait of Polytechnic Journal staff, 1908-09, seated and standing around table, copies of the Journal on table. (Published in the Polytechnic J. (v. 4, no.9, June 1909) with caption identifying all staff members.), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-188; Aston 084
[Lowe's Roundup]
[Lowe's Roundup]
Inscription on back: "Lowe's Roundup S.L.O. 1909", Amy Strickland
Cal Poly Women's Basketball Team
Cal Poly Women's Basketball Team
Girls' basketball team, 1909 pictured with Margaret Chase, UA-Timeline-04
["Gathering Oysters" at Lowe's Roundup]
["Gathering Oysters" at Lowe's Roundup]
Inscription on back: "Gathering Oysters. Lowe's Roundup S.L.O. 1909", Amy Strickland
Foot Ball Squad
Foot Ball Squad
Group portrait of football team in uniform with coach Coleman; seated, kneeling and standing; on athletic field; main buildings in background, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-045; Aston 124
Students judging Clydesdale mare 'Fair Helen'
Students judging Clydesdale mare 'Fair Helen'
"Getting a line on action" Catalogue 1908-1909. Polytechnic Journal May 1909., Amy Strickland
[Roping at Lowe's Roundup]
[Roping at Lowe's Roundup]
Roping event at Lowe's Roundup, 1909, Amy Strickland
Foot Ball Squad
Foot Ball Squad
Group portrait of football team in uniform, with coach Coleman, all standing, on athletic field; main buildings in background (Published in Polytechnic J. (v.5, no.2, Nov. 1909 and v.5, no. 8, June 1910)., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-046; Aston 123
Cal Poly Football Team, 1909
Cal Poly Football Team, 1909
The California Polytechnic School football team, 1909.
[Riding a Yearling]
[Riding a Yearling]
Inscription on back: "Riding a yearling. Lowe's Roundup, 1909", Amy Strickland
 [Members of the Senior Class of 1909 after planting the Class Tree]
[Members of the Senior Class of 1909 after planting the Class Tree]
Members of the Senior Class of 1909 after planting the Class Tree. Left to Right: Hazel May Griffith, --, --, --, Rachael E. Ramage, George Albert Tilton. (Addressed to Miss Hazel Griffith, signed 'Geo. A. Tilton, Jr.'; card appears to have been passed on to someone else with note added by another person 'T.F.' or 'J.F.'), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-127
09 Track Team
09 Track Team
Track team in uniform on field with athletic equipment; (baseball player in background. Published in the Polytechnic J. (v.4, no.9, June 1909), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-062; Aston 087
Group of Seniors C. P. S. May, 1910
Group of Seniors C. P. S. May, 1910
Group of Seniors, ...May 1910'; students standing and seated on steps of rear entrance, Weeks Administration Building (20 of 22 students identified on back of post card), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-189; Aston 467
Aeroplane at San Luis Obispo, Cal., July 4, 1910.
Aeroplane at San Luis Obispo, Cal., July 4, 1910.
Aero plane at San Luis Obispo, Cal., July 4, 1910.', Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-019; Aston 018
CPS team May, 1910
CPS team May, 1910
1910 baseball team in uniform with equipment (Hammaker, Cox, and Shipley identified). Published in Polytechnic J. (v.5, no.8, June 1910), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-024; Aston 473
Rugby Foot Ball Team-C.P.S
Rugby Foot Ball Team-C.P.S
Group portrait of rugby team on field; with coach Chester Rubel (standing, right) and coach McHenry (standing, left); main buildings in background; Published in Polytechnic J. (v.6, no.3, Dec. 1910), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-054; Aston 015
Students Making Butter
Students Making Butter
Students making and packing butter, 1910.
[Polytechnic Journal staff?]
[Polytechnic Journal staff?]
Group portrait of Polytechnic Journal Staff, 1909-10, on porch of a Cal Poly building, seated and standing around table, copies of the Journal on table. Published in the Polytechnic J. (v. 5, no.8, June 1910) with caption identifying all staff members. ('Leona Stenner' written in the address space), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-187
 Out door Class in Geometry Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. Feb. 4,                1910
Out door Class in Geometry Cal Polytechnic School San Luis Obispo, Cal. Feb. 4, 1910
Outdoor class in Geometry Feb. 4, 1910.' Male and female students, working in groups of four, some with books in hand some holding [rulers?] at angle to the ground. Girls in separate group from boys., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-155
Aeroplane at San Luis Obispo - restricted
Aeroplane at San Luis Obispo - restricted
A biplane flies over the city of San Luis Obispo during Independence Day festivities, July 4, 1910., ua-ast_00000019
 In Memoriam to Our Late Fellow-Student: Henry C. McDonald
In Memoriam to Our Late Fellow-Student: Henry C. McDonald
Excerpt from the October 2010 edition of the Polytechnic Journal, SA, UA-PedleyScrapbook-1909-003
1911 Relay Team C.P.S
1911 Relay Team C.P.S
Relay team in uniform on track; buggy in background; Team members identified on back of post card; 'Leona Forbes, May 1911' also written on card. Leona Forbes [Stenner] graduated in 1913., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-064
1911 Basket Ball Team C.P.S
1911 Basket Ball Team C.P.S
Group portrait,1911 men's basketball team in uniform with 'C Polytechnic' banner; on outdoor basketball court. Published in Polytechnic J. (v.6, no.8, June 1911) 'Boys' Basketball.', Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-029; Aston 295
C.P.S.vs San Jose - 1911
C.P.S.vs San Jose - 1911
Cal Poly v. San Jose at Cal Poly ; Power House and other buildings in background, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-052; Aston 675
 View of San Luis Obispo from the Administration Building
View of San Luis Obispo from the Administration Building
The view toward San Luis Obispo from under the portico of the Administration Building, 1911.
C.P.S. Rugby Squad
C.P.S. Rugby Squad
Group portrait of rugby team on field; with coach Chester Rubel (standing, left) and coach McHenry (standing, right); main buildings in background; Published in Polytechnic J. (v.7, no.1, Dec. 1911) with caption 'Foot-Ball Squad' and members identified, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-053; Aston 669
1911 Team C.P.S
1911 Team C.P.S
1911 baseball team in uniform with equipment; (power house in background). Published in Polytechnic J. (v.6, no.8, June 1911) and in Cal Poly. Catalogue (1910-11), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-025; Aston 182
1911 Track Team C.P.S
1911 Track Team C.P.S
Track team in uniform, on the track, with athletic equipment; with trophy; with coach; some members identified. Published in the Polytechnic J. (v.6, no. 8, June 1911), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-063; Aston 279
Cal Poly Women at Farmers' Picnic
Cal Poly Women at Farmers' Picnic
On front: 'Poly bunch, 1911', on back: 'Farmers' Picnic, Margaret Chase in center, Geraldine Fitzgerald next to last on right'
[1911 Women's Basketball team]
[1911 Women's Basketball team]
Group portrait of 1911 women's basketball team in athletic garb; 7 members standing; basketball painted 'CPS '11.' Published in Polytechnic J. (v.6, no.8, June 1911), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-038; Aston 341
 Broadside Welcoming the Community to the Ninth Annual Farmers' Picnic
Broadside Welcoming the Community to the Ninth Annual Farmers' Picnic
A 1912 broadside welcoming the community to the ninth annual Farmers' Picnic, a forerunner to Poly Royal.
 Mechanics Float for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration
Mechanics Float for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration
Mechanics float made for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration. Float is a horse-drawn wagon laden with machinery, forge equipment, and display of electrical apparatus and forge products. 4 students. Published in Bulletin (March 1915), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-175
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Spanish costumes for the San Luis Pageant which was performed as part of Cal Poly's Decennial Anniversary celebration. 7 men (standing) and 7 women (seated). Pageant described in the 1913 Polytechnic Journal. The number '9' is in the lower left corner., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-179
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Indian, Franciscan and Spanish costumes for the San Luis Pageant which was performed as part of Cal Poly's Decennial Anniversary celebration. Includes one student in 'Stovepipe' Hat and another on horseback and dressed as a cowboy. Pageant described in the 1913 Polytechnic Journal. The number '4' in the lower left corner, Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-178
 Students in Costume Performing in Decennial Pageant
Students in Costume Performing in Decennial Pageant
Students in Indian and Franciscan costumes performing the San Luis Pageant at Cal Poly's Decennial Anniversary celebration. Spectators seated and standing on 3 sides of the performers. Pageant described in the 1913 Polytechnic Journal. The number '23' is in the lower left corner., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-180
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Costume for Decennial Pageant
Students in Indian costumes for the San Luis Pageant performed as part of Cal Poly's Decennial Anniversary celebration. Pageant described in the 1913 Polytechnic Journal., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-177
 Agricultural Float for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration
Agricultural Float for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration
Agricultural float made for Cal Poly's Decennial Celebration. Float is a horse-drawn wagon decorated with a 'horn o' plenty,' hay shocks, and ridden by 7 students wearing white creamery uniforms. Published in Bulletin (March 1915), Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-176
 [Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic                Carnival.]
[Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carnival.]
Mar. 6, 1914. Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carnival. ('No. 2' -- Students with arms about each other's waists, one row) Same performers as in image published in Polytechnic J. 1914. Photo was taken outdoors but actual performance was given in the dining hall., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-120
[1915 Sophomore Men's Basketball Team]
[1915 Sophomore Men's Basketball Team]
Group portrait sophomore (Class of 1917) basketball team; basketball painted with 'SOPH '17' [subjects in 1 row, standing] Basketball competitions between classes won by Sophomores (Class of 1917) in 1914., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-032
[1914 Sophomore Men's Basketball Team]
[1914 Sophomore Men's Basketball Team]
Group portrait sophomore (Class of 1917) basketball team; basketball painted with 'SOPH '17' [subjects in 2 rows - kneeling, standing] Basketball competitions between classes won by Sophomores (Class of 1917) in 1914., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-031
 [Students in costume for 'Scotch Dance' performed at annual Athletic                Carniva]l
[Students in costume for 'Scotch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carniva]l
Mar. 6, 1914. Students in costume for 'Scotch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carnival. ('No. 4' )Same performers as in image ('No.5') published in Polytechnic J. 1914. Photo was taken outdoors but actual performance was given in the dining hall., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-118
 [Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic                Carnival.]
[Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carnival.]
Mar. 6, 1914. Students in costume for 'Dutch Dance' performed at annual Athletic Carnival. ('No. 1' -- Students lined up in one row; each with hands on shoulders of the girl ahead) Published in Polytechnic J. 1914. Photo was taken outdoors but actual performance was given in the dining hall., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-119
[1914 Men's Basketball Team]
[1914 Men's Basketball Team]
1914 men's basketball team in uniform; outdoors; basketball painted with 'CPS '14', Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-030
Members of the surveying squad in camp, May 1914
Members of the surveying squad in camp, May 1914
Members of the surveying squad in camp, May 1914, with surveying equipment. On this expedition, 'Boundary lines of a ranch were located and an irrigation system laid out.' (March 1915 Bulletin) 'Surveying and Irrigation', Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-200
Test of alternator
Test of alternator
M. C. Martinsen (in front of wheel), Ben Holman (feet on table), Dennis Perozzi (far right), UA-Buildings-PowerPlant-12-M
 [Girls, dressed in 'Scottish costume', performing 'Highland Fling' at the annual                Athletic Carnival]
[Girls, dressed in 'Scottish costume', performing 'Highland Fling' at the annual Athletic Carnival]
Feb. 26, 1915. Girls, dressed in 'Scottish costume', performing 'Highland Fling' at the annual Athletic Carnival. See Polytechnic J. 1915 for another image of same subject., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-124
[Football Squad in uniform]
[Football Squad in uniform]
Group portrait of football team in uniform, with coach D.W. Schlosser; seated on steps; pennants held by students in front row. Photo of same team (different pose) was published in the Polytechnic J. (v.11, no.1, June 1916) with caption identifying the members. Also in Cal Poly. Bulletin (1916-17)., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-047
 [Girls dressed in 'Scottish costume' for 'Highland Fling' performance]
[Girls dressed in 'Scottish costume' for 'Highland Fling' performance]
Feb. 26, 1915. Girls, seated on steps and dressed in 'Scottish costume' for 'Highland Fling' performance. See Polytechnic J. 1915 for another image of same subject., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-123
 Members of the 1914-15 Amapola Club standing on steps
Members of the 1914-15 Amapola Club standing on steps
Members of the 1914-15 Amapola Club standing on steps. Published in 1915-16 Bulletin and 1915 Polytechnic J., Nicole Dee, UA-PC-Aston-184

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