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The Caltech Archives
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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In the News

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

Stanley papers collection guide online

Gordon J. Stanley (1921-2001) was a key contributor to radio astronomy, both in Australia and the United States. A researchble collection guide has been published online at the Online Archives of California (OAC). Learn more. 6-10-2014

Collections in preparation: Aron Kuppermann
KuppermannProfessor Aron Kuppermann (1926-2011) was a leader in the field of computational chemistry and was best known for his theoretical studies of the dynamics of chemical reactions. His collection of papers covering different aspects of his work was recently donated to the Caltech Archives. 1-15-2014

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Talk of the Archives


The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman.
The room is open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM on the first Friday of each month. The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups.

Arnold Beckman portrait.
Photo ID AOB7.5-8

Please for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found here.

Posted 9-26-2014

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