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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.

The Nobel Physicists at Caltech -a Long History
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In the News

Now online
6 Legacy Oral Histories

Richard H. MacNeal (Electrical engineering)
H. Victor Neher
David S. Saxon
Apollo M. O. Smith
(Mechanical engineering; Aeronautics)
Hallet D. Smith
Robert L. Walker

Carver Mead's video
on the story
of the realization of his

'First Chip' is online!

Learn more here.
Posted 10-23-2017

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Talk of the Archives

The Donald Glaser collection is online!

Donald Glaser playing the viola

The Caltech Archives are proud to announce the launch of the Donald A. Glaser digital collection.
Donald. A. Glaser (1926-2013), completed his PhD in physics at Caltech in 1950 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1960 for his invention of the bubble chamber. His scientific work transitioned then to molecular biology and later to neuroscience, leading to significant contributions in both fields.
The Glaser Digital Collection unites two physical collections owned by the University of California Berkeley and Caltech. It is extremely rich and significant and includes papers, diaries, notebooks, many photos and slides.
Visit the online collection here.

Posted 12-11-2017

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