In 2002 the Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Alumni Association transferred to the Cal Poly Pomona University Library 40 boxes of files, photographs, negatives, videos, and extensive memorabilia documenting over 50 years of rose float building by Cal Poly students. The Cal Poly Rose Float Collection is now part of the University Archives, and is cared for by University Library Special Collections staff. As this is a continuing project, new materials continue to be added to the collection.
The Cal Poly Rose Float, jointly created at Pomona and San Luis Obispo since 1949, is the only student built float in the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Cal Poly students have been building rose floats for over 50 years and have won over 40 awards, including many Princess Trophies for best display of animation, Founder’s Trophies for most outstanding self-decorated float, Humor Trophies and Theme prizes.
Also included in the Cal Poly Rose Float Collection is a collection of Tournament of Roses Parade Official Programs and Pictorials dating back to 1912, which were donated by former float builder, Gene Taylor.