University Library

Archival Collections

University Archives

Cal Poly Pomona’s University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes available archival materials documenting the history of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Learn more about the history of Cal Poly Pomona and resources available here.

Abraham Kaplan Papers

Correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, book manuscripts, subject files, notes, and printed matter pertaining to the writings and academic career of philosopher and educator Abraham Kaplan (1918-1993).

Avon Carlson Papers

Avon Carlson was the first student body president of the Cal Poly Voorhis campus, which opened in 1938. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, and clippings documenting Carlson's time as a student at the Voorhis campus.

Cal Poly Pomona Athletic Department Records

Cal Poly Pomona's athletics program began 1939 when the school formed a baseball team. In the following decades, a number of sports have been introduced for both men and women including basketball, track, cross country, volleyball, and tennis. The collection includes photographs, papers, memorabilia, and audiovisual recordings documenting the students, staff, and various teams that have participated in Cal Poly Pomona's athletic programs.

Cal Poly Pomona Fiftieth (50th) Anniversary Records

The collection contains records documenting the planning, development, and implementation of events and programs celebrating Cal Poly Pomona's 50th anniversary. The records include meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, financial records, photographs, memorabilia, and materials collected for an unrealized time capsule.

Cal Poly Pomona Rose Float Records

Files, photographs, negatives, and memorabilia relating to the Cal Poly Rose Float Project's operations and activities dating from September 1948. Also included are Tournament of Roses Parade Programs back to 1912 (some years are missing).

Cal Poly Pomona Telephone Directories

The collection consists of telephone directories for the Cal Poly Pomona Campus from 1959 to 2013. The phone directories include lists of faculty along with their school and personal contact information; college departments; and maps of the campus and surrounding area.

Deborah Meadows Collection

Deborah Meadows, Professor Emerita at Cal Poly Pomona, is an accomplished poet, playwright, and essayist. The collection contains journals and magazines in which Meadows' poetry has been published and other materials related to her writing.

Donald H. Pflueger Cal Poly Pomona History Papers

Donald H. Pflueger was a history professor at Cal Poly Pomona for nearly forty years and wrote several books on the Pomona Valley. The collection includes manuscripts, drafts, and research materials for his book California State Polytechnic University, Pomona—A Legacy and a Mission.

Los Robles Horticulture Club Records

The Los Robles Horticulture Club is one of the oldest clubs at Cal Poly Pomona. The club was founded in 1940 for students who have a common interest in the art of gardening. The collection includes charters, correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, photographs, and scrapbooks.

National Model United Nations Records

The National Model United Nations Collection features files, photographs, awards and artifacts from the Model United Nations program at Cal Poly Pomona.

Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers Records

The office of Student Life and Cultural Centers (OSLCC) is a department of the Cal Poly Pomona Division of Student Affairs. The collection includes by-laws, lists of officers, rechartering applications, flyers and other records from over 150 clubs, councils, associations, teams, societies, sororities, and fraternities at Cal Poly Pomona.

Virginia Hamilton Adair Papers

Correspondence, articles, book manuscripts, subject files, notes, printed matter, and realia pertaining to the writings of Cal Poly Pomona Professor Emerita and noted poet Virginia Hamilton Adair (1913-2004)

Willard D. Straight Papers

The availability of these papers in the west coast should prove beneficial to students and scholars interested in the history of early twentieth century American foreign policy (including policy toward Latin America), Progressivism in the United States, the administrations of Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson, the US involvement in World War I, and the development of opinion journalism in the United States.


Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection

Cal Poly Pomona is located in an historic winemaking region. Nearby Mission San Gabriel was an active early center for winemaking in California. Later the Cucamonga Valley flourished, and more recently the Santa Barbara and Temecula areas have become recognized for their wine production. The Southern California Wine and Wine Industry Collection collects, organizes, preserves, and makes available archival materials documenting this rich history. Learn more about the history of Southern California Wine and the resources available here.

Caterpillar Tractor Photographs

Cal Poly Pomona's collection of antique Caterpillar Tractor photographs.

Robert Lawrence Balzer Papers

Extensive artifacts and other documentation of Balzers remarkable life in wine, and of his careers as a wine journalist and wine educator. Balzer is recognized for having had an enormous impact on the California wine industry, and on the acceptance of California wines worldwide.

The World Menu Collection

This collection of menus comes from around the world and a wide variety of restaurants, from three stars restaurants in Paris, France to more humble corner restaurants in the United States. The menus were collected during the world travels of Ken Bennett and Richard Wagner from 1979-1984.


Pomona Valley Historical Collection

Cal Poly Pomona is located in the Pomona Valley, a distinct geographic and cultural region 30 miles east of Los Angeles. The Valley was primarily an agricultural area and known especially for citrus production prior to World War II suburbanization. The Pomona Valley is also home to the Pomona Fairplex and the Los Angeles County Fair, the Claremont Colleges, and a portion of Historic Route 66.

Douglass Adair United Farm Workers Collection

Douglass Adair joined the United Farm Workers union in 1965 at the age of 22. He helped organize the nationwide grape boycott and served as editor then publisher of the union's newspaper El Malcriado from 1965 to 1970. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Adair worked in the fields at various California ranches and as a member of the union's legal department. The collection includes correspondence, notes, notebooks, and records documenting Adair's involvement with the union and his employment as a farm worker; clippings and short publications on the union and related topics; and realia, ephemera, and photographs related to the farm workers' rights movement.

Envisioning the Future Collection

Photographs, emails, letters, sketches, programs, statements, and a DVD documenting the Envisioning the Future Project in Pomona (2003-04) involving Judy Chicago, Donald Woodman, and other artists.

Hilda Solis Papers

The Hilda Solis Congressional Collection contains material donated from Solis's El Monte District office. The Collection contains an assortment of materials that document and give insight into Solis's years as a United States Congresswoman. The Collection features hours of video footage of Solis speaking before Congress legislative files, artifact, newspaper clippings,and other materials that illustrate Congresswoman Solis's concerns and causes, and her enduring connection to her community.

Kennedy Collection

Numerous newspaper articles, magazines, certificates, and more, eulogizing the years of the John F. Kennedy Presidential administration. Included are items that precede Kennedys election and items referring to his assassination and the aftermath.

League of Women Voters of East San Gabriel Valley Records

A unique record of political activity by women in the East San Gabriel Valley covering a span of almost 50 years, from 1956 to 2005.

Pomona Fox Theater Reopening Collection

The Pomona Fox Theater first opened in 1931 and has had a rocky history. It was shut down in 2001. But finally after a 10 million dollar renovation it proudly re-opened its doors on April 18, 2009.

United Farm Workers News Clippings Collection

The United Farm Workers (UFW) is a labor union for farmworkers in the United States headquartered in Keene, California. The news clippings collection was created by UFW staff member Dolores Velasco as a way to disseminate information to union field offices. Velasco collected and copied the news clippings and then faxed them to the field offices before filing them away for future reference.


W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library

The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library (WKKAHL) is the largest publicly available collection on the Arabian horse in the world. Learn more about Cal Poly Pomona's Arabian horse legacy and resources available here.

A.J. Edwards Papers

A.J. Edwards was an agent of the American Remount Association in Oregon during the 1940s. This collection includes stud books and receipts of mares bred to Edwards' stud horses, correspondence, photographs, and a stamp.

Cecil and Gladys Brown Edwards Papers

Gladys Brown Edwards was a noted equine artist and authority on the Arabian horse. She worked at the Kellogg Ranch for over a decade and was active in the Arabian horse community. Her husband, Cecil L. Edwards, was a respected horseman and Quartermaster General of the Pomona Remount Depot. The collection includes personal and business correspondence; photographs; business records; Gladys’ extensive research materials; and examples of her artwork.

Chris Matthews Papers

The collection contains photographs, articles, newsletters, catalogs, DVDs, videocassettes, and other material related to the Arabian horse collected by horse breeder Chris Matthews.

Joseph S. "Jay" Meyers Collection

The collection includes horse pedigrees, programs from various horse shows, directories, newspaper clippings, photographs and correspondence to and from Jay Meyers.

Khemosabi Collection

Khemosabi was a bay Arabian stallion born in 1967. “Khemo” was a US National Champion Halter stallion (1973), a US and Canadian National Champion in Western Pleasure (1976), as well as a Canadian National Champion Halter stallion (1976); he was also awarded the highest honor from the Arabian Horse Association: Legion of Masters. The collection includes Khemosabi memorabilia collected by B. Paul Husband.

Suzanne Fisher Collection

The collection includes materials created and collected by Suzanne Fisher from her time at Cal Poly Pomona, including a copy of her senior thesis.

W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Library Postcard and Notecard Collection

The collection contains both postcards and notecards related to the W.K. Kellogg Ranch. Included in the collection are cards depicting the horses of the W.K. Kellogg Ranch, the Kellogg House, the Kellogg Company, and the W.K. Kellogg Ranch.


Rare Book Collections

First Edition Collection

First editions of selected selected British and American authors.

Humphrey Mycology Collections

Over 300 titles relating to fungi and botany.

John Gill Modern Poetry Collection

Almost two thousand volumes of world poetry, many from small presses, with particular strength in twentieth-century American poets