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were 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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Susan Davis Oral History online. Susan Davis was the administrator for the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Caltech for more than 20 years (from 1981 to 2012). Read the full interview here. 6-17-2015

Goldberger papers collection guide online
Goldberger portraitMarvin L. "Murph" Goldberger (1922-2014) was Caltech's fifth President and professor of particle physics, who worked on the Manhattan project (learn more). A researchable collection guide has been published online at the Online Archives of California (OAC). 12-12-2014

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Talk of the Archives


Speaker Frank Stanton addressing the 1965 graduating class. Photo credit: James McClanahan

The pomp and cheerful animation of commencement ceremonies mark an important milestone for students and their families, who savor the culmination of years of hard work, and the beginning of a new phase of life.

To celebrate this year's Commencement, the Caltech Archives are pleased to present a photographic gallery of the 1965 Commencement exercises, performed during the tenure of President Lee A. DuBridge. The speaker that year was Frank Stanton, president of CBS at the time.

Although many things have changed in the last 50 years, we believe that the class of 2015 will recognize themselves in the youthful enthusiasm of their 1965 predecessors and we congratulate this and all generations of outstanding Caltech graduates. Visit the online exhibit here. EP

[We would appreciate your help in identifying any of the people seen in this online exhibit; please free to contact us].
Posted 6-8-2015

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