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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Student Newspapers and Periodicals
    Dates: 1916 - present
    Collection Number: UA0003
    Creator/Collector: Mustang News Mustang Daily
    Extent: 74 LF
    Online items available
    Repository: California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives
    San Luis Obispo, California 93407
    Abstract: Digital and physical copies of student and student-press produced newspapers, journals, magazines, and newsletters. Includes The Polygram, The Polytechnic Californian, El Mustang, Mustang Daily, and Mustang News, monthly Polytechnic Journals, Mustang RoundUp, and The Alternative.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open to researchers by appointment. For more information on visiting, access policies, and reproduction requests, please visit our Reference Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/search-and-find/collections-and-archives/reference-services/.

    Publication Rights

    Digital copies are provided to researchers for the purpose of study, research, and personal use only, unless otherwise specified in writing. Materials that are the property of Cal Poly Special Collections and Archives require written permission prior to publication. No complete collection may be reproduced. For print and online publication, please visit our Reproduction Services page online at http://lib.calpoly.edu/support/sca-policies/reproduction/. Special Collections and Archives reserves the right to review all reproduction requests and to withhold permission if scanning would endanger the material, would violate copyright law, or would violate institutional restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    Student Newspapers and Periodicals. California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo. University Archives

    Acquisition Information


    Biography/Administrative History

    First published on 25 April 1916 as The Polygram, Cal Poly's Student Run newspaper has been printed under several titles, but has continued to represent the voice of students and the campus almost continually since 1916. The Polytechnic Journal, the first student publication, made its debut in 1906 as a monthly news and literary publication. By 1912, it was no longer a monthly; it had evolved into the campus yearbook. The first student newspaper, The Polygram, began as a biweekly. It served as the campus newspaper from 1916 - 1932, a period during which Cal poly expanded from a vocational school to and academic high school and junior college. Due to a shortage of advertisers and cash, the staff relied on the campus director's mimeograph machine for some time to produce the each issue. By 1924 a printshop was established and school publications were printed by a student group affectionately referred to as The Galley Slaves. In 1932, in a drastic reorganization and facing budgetary challenges, the school was reorganized and as a result the high school and junior college were closed. Cal Poly continued as a technical college only. The student newspaper was discontinued and was not produced between 1933-1937. In 1938, El Mustang emerged as the new student-press campus newspaper. A title change to The Polytechnic Californian was attempted, but lasted only a year before the El Mustang title returned to the banner. El Mustang newspaper was suspended between 1943 - 1945 to economize on manpower and supplies. During this period, a monthly news magazine, Mustang Roundup, was produced and edited jointly by civilian and naval students under the direction of Robert E. Kennedy in his faculty role as Head of the Journalism Department and advisor to student publications. The Roundup replaced the El Mustang newspaper and El Rodeo yearbook, which had both ceased publication during the war. El Mustang returned shortly after the war and in 1967 became the Mustang Daily. In the fall quarter of 2013 the Mustang Daily became Mustang News and incorporated an online version. Today Mustang News continues to be published and printed by students in the Journalism and Graphic Communications Departments. The newspaper is published daily during the academic year and weekly during the summer quarter. Digitized copies of are available online. Physical copies are available in the archives. A subject index to the collection is available in the Special Collections and Archives reading room.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Digital and physical copies of student and student-press produced newspapers, journals, magazines, and newsletters 1916 - present. Includes The Polygram, The Polytechnic Californian, El Mustang, Mustang Daily, and Mustang News. monthly Polytechnic Journals, RoundUp, etc. The student newspaper was not produced between 1933-1937 and 1943-1945.

    Indexing Terms

    Student newspaper and periodical editors
    Newspaper editors
    Periodical editors
    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    California--San Luis Obispo
    California--San Luis Obispo Metropolitan Area
    The Polygram The Polytechnic Californian El Mustang Mustang Daily Mustang News Mustang Roundup The Alternative
    Newspaper presses

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