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California Polytechnic University
University Archives
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407


Cal Poly served as a naval aviation training center during World War II.  Poly's contract with the Navy ran from 1942 to 1946.  Records pertaining to this period include the Records of the Office of the President, Julian A. McPhee (1933-1966) and the Mustang Round Up (1942-1946), a monthly campus publication which featured battalion news and photographs, announcements of appointments and program changes, social and recreational activities for the recruits, etc.  The University Archives photograph collection and Annual Reports of the President also provide ample information on this period.  Many of the men who trained at Cal Poly through the Naval aviation programs returned after the war to study at Cal Poly under the G.I. Bill.  Campus newspapers, yearbooks, and alumni records often have information on these individuals.


9 May 2002