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The Caltech Archives
was formally established in 1968 to serve as the collective memory of the California Institute of Technology. Our mission is to preserve and make accessible the institutional records, personal papers, documents, artifacts and pictorial materials that tell the school's history.

The Archives' unique research collections in the history of science and technology range from the time of Copernicus to today. They are available to the campus community for instructional and research purposes, as well as to qualified non-campus users by appointment.

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In the News

Now online the Keck Observatory Interviews
A series of 7 oral histories conducted by the Caltech Archives between 1991 and 1992 to document the early history and development of the Keck Observatory at Mauna Kea, Hawaii. More here

The Mind's Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image

A Caltech Archives special exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Richard Feynman's birth.
Additional information here.

Jerome Pine oral history online
Read our interview with Jerome Pine (1928-2017), neuroscientist and physics professor in the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy.

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Talk of the Archives


Caltech's electric Volkswagen bus

On August 26th 1968, a transcontinental race began between Caltech and MIT—pitting Caltech's 1958 Volkswagen bus against MIT's 1968 Corvair, each modified to operate on battery power alone. Caltech's bus would cross the finish line on September 4th—the declared winner!  -LK

Read the full story here.

Posted 8-24-2018

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