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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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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 1961 Rose Bowl will be long remembered for the stunning prank pulled off by Caltech undergrads during the scheduled half-time card stunt.

Unwitting Washington fans displayed “Caltech” instead of “Huskies,” thanks to supremely clever maneuvering by diabolical Techers.  After a long hunt by one alumnus, the only known original color photograph of the redirected stunt, taken inside the Rose Bowl, has been located and donated to the Caltech Archives. 


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Posted 12-22-2014

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