Documents, photographs, sound records, and video that document the history of California Polytechnic State University
Items reproduced from the monographs and serials held by the Robert E. Kennedy Library's Special Collections and Archives department. Most items are catalogued in the library's catalog.
Papers of San Luis Obispo civic leader Grace E. Barneberg, comprised of correspondence, organizational records, legal documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera. The collection documents her official activities as president of the Monday Club and activities in regional and statewide women's and service organizations, including the California State Hospital Libraries, San Luis Obispo Free Public Library, Board of Women's Prisons, San Luis Obispo Dental Clinic, San Luis Obispo Mitchell Park, County Health Center, and the Red Cross. Also included are Barneberg family records. Finding aid available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8tq632m
Contains records related to the life and career of California landscape architect Arthur G. Barton, FASLA (1907-1980). Barton designed landscapes for many structures and sites such as Camp Pendleton, Dodger Stadium, and the San Gabriel River Wildlife Sanctuary. The records consist of job files documenting client projects with correspondence, change orders, requests for payment, shop drawings, sketches, and other documents. Finding aid available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8348s5m
The papers of California architect William Francis Cody, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, contain student work, architectural drawings and plans, office records, marketing and public relations materials for his practice, presentation drawings, photographs, correspondence, and project files from the architect's estate. Architectural plans and drawings, which date primarily from 1946 when Cody began working in Palm Springs to the mid-1970s, are predominant in the collection. A related collection, donated to Cal Poly after this one, can be accessed at: https://digital.lib.calpoly.edu/rekl-cody2-ms163.
The California Fairs Collection contains archival and printed material created in three separate offices: Western Fairs Association, a non-profit trade association; Division of Fairs and Expositions, an agency of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; and the Joint Committee on Fairs Allocations and Classification, a legislative group comprised of seven senators and seven assembly members. In addition, material collected through the years by Louis S. Merrill, director of Western Fairs Association from 1945-1972, has been added to the collection. Finding aid to the collection: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt800033t2/
Papers, 1835-1958 (bulk 1896-1945), contain architectural drawings and plans, office records, photographs, correspondence, project files, student work, family correspondence, and personal papers from the estate of California architect Julia Morgan, who practiced in San Francisco during the first half of the twentieth century. Includes architectural documents regarding William Randolph Hearst and the world-renowned Hearst Castle. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt9s2030pj
Special Collections and Archives houses several collections that relate to architect Julia Morgan. Items digitized from these collections can be found through this page.
The Jack Family Papers (circa 1860-1969 with bulk dates of 1860-1915) contain correspondence, business records, and photographs relating to the Jack Family of San Luis Obispo, California. Collection is unarranged. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8rn36k4
Local history, photographs, promotional and travel ephemera,arranged by town in San Luis Obispo County.
Ephemera and labels of California wineries.
Materials relating to the forced relocation to Manzanar, California, of Miriko Nagahama and Honey Mitsuye Toda, including correspondence, photographs, and newspapers from Manzanar during the period of Ms. Nagahama and Ms. Toda's internment by the War Relocation Authority. Donated in 1981 and 1995. Collection dates between 1941 and 1995. More information available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt700027b0/
The architectural drawings and plans, office records, photographs, correspondence, project files, student work, and personal papers created by or belonging to Julia Morgan in this collection were gathered by Morgan's biographer, Sara Holmes Boutelle, in the course of her research on the architect over a period of more than 25 years. Collection dates between 1877 and 1958. Collection divided into five series. More information available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3p30263p
The Charles Edgar Butner Papers contain sketches and drawings from the architect's travels in California and Europe, newspaper clippings, photographs, ephemera, and a scrapbook on his service as an aviator in World War I. Also contains limited information on Butner's commissions in the San Joaquin Valley and Monterey Bay area in California. Collection dates from 1911 to 1957. Finding aid available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt5x0nd93c/
Select building permits for the City of San Luis Obispo, California for years 1906-1937 with yearly alphabetical indices for 1923 and 1928-1937. Contains permits of dwellings, garages, and businesses and other buildings. More information available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c83t9fxm/
Architectural drawings by San Joaquin Valley architect Allen Collins and the Taylor-Wheeler firm. Includes records related to projects in Fresno.
The Sinsheimer Collection contains nineteenth- and early twentieth-century business, personal, and political papers of the Sinsheimers, a prominent and pioneering mercantile family of San Luis Obispo, California. Collection contains but is not limited to: business ledgers, financial records, diaries, photos, newspapers, and maps. Entirety of collection spans from 1868 through 1997. Collection is divided into nine series. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt1k40301x/
Drawings of California architect Ulysses Floyd Rible. Collection represents his student work at the University of Southern California in 1928, and during Graduate Fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania (1928-29), American Academy in Rome (1930), and Beaux Arts Institute of Design (1932). Collection materials dater between 1926 and 1932. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8ns0swh/
Drawings, books, and office records (1925-1949) of California architect C. J. Ryland.
Collection consists of 1 item: a 44-page typewritten manuscript documenting the memoirs of Edward Walter Rodriguez, regarding the Rodriguez family history in Alta California. History within the manuscript dates from the 18th century onward, with expanded history on Spanish colonization dating to the 15th century. Manuscript was written between 1971 to 1978. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c82z1b8w/
Contains correspondence between naturalist and environmental activist Ian McMillan and rare book dealer and rancher William P. Wreden, as well as other conservationists and government officials. Wreden owned the Pinole Land and Cattle Company near McMillan's ranch in eastern San Luis Obispo County. The two men corresponded on environmental advocacy efforts for the conservation of California condors in 1953.More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt4r29r59m/
This collection contains 48 sheets of hand-tinted lithographs, each approximately 11 ¾ x 8 ½ inches, depicting 61 different ranches, residences, hotels, commercial and civic buildings throughout San Luis Obispo County in 1883. Lithographer and artists are unknown. Collection is divided between lithographs of Ranches & Dairies and Commercial & Civic Buildings. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt3n39r5j8/
Photographs, photocopies, and microfiche of federal records relating to property on the south rim of the Grand Canyon once owned by William Randolph Hearst. Documents relate to the Grandview Hotel and Pete Berry, its builder and first owner.Collection dates between 1901 and 1974. Collection is largely unprocessed. More information available at https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8125rmk/
Five volumes of typescript diary entitled 'Here and There: The Diary of Hayes Perkins.' Perkins worked for publisher William Randolph Hearst at both his San Simeon and Wyntoon estates. Biographical ephemera, photographs, and correspondence are also included in the collection. Diaries span from approximately 1920 to 1960. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8db80kb/
Comic book publisher and collector Michael Moore donated this collection of underground comix in 1993. The collection contains comics from 1907 to 1993, with the bulk of issues representing underground comix in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Topics include feminism, marijuana legalization, Black Power, abortion, anti-war, and gay and lesbian issues. The collection reflects the resurgence of comix popularity as an alternative to mass-market mainstream comic books in the late 1980s and early 1990s. More information available at: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8pz5bcb/