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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 6 Legacy Oral Histories:
Frank Estabrook (Gravitational Waves and JPL)
Philip Fogg
(Business Economics)
Hans Liepmann (Engineering and Applied Science)
Thayer Scudder (Anthropology)
Verner Schomaker (Chemistry)
Peter Wyllie (Geology and Planetary Sciences)

6 new Oral Histories online
Read the recollections of:
- Pol Duwez (Engineering)
- Frank E. and Ora Lee Marble (Engineering)
- Philip Saffman (Engineering)
- Margaret Lauritsen Leighton (Physics)
- Robert Leighton (Physics)
- Richard Marsh (Chemistry) Posted 8-22-2017

Gerald J. Wasserburg oral history online!
G. J. Wasserburg received the prestigious Crafoord Prize in 1986 for his pioneering work on isotope geology. His personal recollections are now available online.
This completes the Wasserburg collection in the Caltech Archives, which are also home to his papers. They are open to researchers and the finding aid can be found online at the Online Archives of California (OAC). Posted 5-19-2017

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Talk of the Archives

LIGO – The Road to Gold:  How it all began

Kip Thorne, 1969

At Caltech, the interest in gravitational waves began with a young professor of theoretical physics, Kip Thorne, who by the late 1960s began further exploring Einstein's predicted existence of such waves. Read the full story here.

Posted 10-3-2017

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