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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

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

Parsons-Gates turns 100!

Commencement on the steps of Gates, 1917

The Gates Laboratory of Chemistry was constructed in 1917. It is now 100 years old, making it—repurposed as the Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration—Caltech’s oldest building. Explore our exhibits on the history of Gates and on the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineeringthat grew up within it.

Posted 10-18-2017

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