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About Nancy E. Loe

From 1982-2009, Nancy E. Loe served as Head of Special Collections and University Archives at Cal Poly. She graduated from The Catholic University of America with master's degrees in American History and Library Science with an archives administration specialization. She served as an intern at the Smithsonian Institution and has worked in a number of library settings.
She has published extensively on the life and work of California architect Julia Morgan (1872-1957) and directed a half-million dollar NEH Access and Preservation grant to create and publish finding aids for 31 collections relating to Morgan held at Cal Poly.
Nancy also appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Battle Over Citizen Kane.” She has published five books, including a history of Cal Poly published for the centennial celebration in 2001. Her other research interests include rights management for the commercial use of archival materials, the built environment of California in the twentieth century, and teaching genealogists to find and use primary sources.


Present Librarian Emerita, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumna Award, 2000
  • Mellon Research Fellowship for the Study of Modern Archives, 1997

Articles (1)

Reports (2)

Grants (2)

Finding Aids (19)