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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. Professor 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


50th anniversary of quark models: Murray Gell-Mann oral history available online. 12-6-2013

Wasserburg papers collection guide online. Professor Gerald J. Wasserburg began donating his papers to the Caltech Archives in 1996. A searchable collection guide to the now 172 archival boxes has been published online at the Online Archive of California (OAC).
Learn more. 5-14-2013


MacCready grant. The Caltech Archives is pleased to announce a generous gift from the MacCready family for the processing and digitizing of the papers of Caltech alumnus, inventor and entrepreneur Paul B. MacCready (1925-2007). Learn more. 5-16-2012

Caltech history video now online. A rich overview of Caltech's past based on historic photos, film, and audio materials from the Caltech Archives. The 10-minute video was created by Archivist Emerita Judith Goodstein in 2000 for the Watson Lecture Series. Watch video. 2-22-2012


James Bonner collection guide now online. The papers of James Frederick Bonner cowboy hatBonner (1910-1996), Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1934) and professor of biology, 1938-1981, have been processed, and the collection guide is now available at the Online Archive of California. The collection is especially rich in scientific and personal correspondence. Learn more. 10-21-2011

LIGO oral histories now online. Between 1996 and 2000 the Caltech Archives recorded 15 interviews with members of the community who were then participants in LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory). Six of those interviews have now been released for online access. Learn more. 6-9-2011

Collections in preparation: Milton Plesset. Milton S. Plesset (1908-1991) was a physicist who taught applied mechanics and engineering science at Caltech from 1948 to 1978. He was known as a world authority in the physics of fluids and in his later years, the problems of nuclear energy. A small collection of papers covering different aspects of his work was recently donated to the Caltech Archives. Learn more. 6-9-2011


100 oral histories now online: Jenijoy La Belle. The 100th oral history place La Belle imagegoes to Dr. Jenijoy La Belle, Caltech's first woman professor. Read her story here. The Caltech Archives has been putting oral histories online since 2002. Learn more about the Oral History Project. 12-2-2010

Collection news: Gutenberg's data. Geophysicist Beno Gutenberg (1889-1960) used accumulated recorded earthquake data to study the physical properties of the earth. A gap in Gutenberg's data sets has recently been filled. Learn more. 5-3-2010

Collections in preparation: James Bonner
The papers of James Frederick Bonner (1910 - 1996), Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1934) and professor of biology, 1938-1981, are currently being prepared for use by researchers. The collection is especially rich in scientific and personal correspondence. Learn more. 5-3-2010


The Encyclopedia Britannica on the head of a pin? Or, to use another example, what if when we needed surgery we could swallow the surgeon? In "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom" Feynman challenged his audience to think about information on a small -very small- scale. In 1959 he knew in principle that it could be done. How it would be done was a matter for further discussion. Learn more. 12-1-2009

Death of JPL co-founder: The Chinese state media reported the death of Tsien Hsue-shen, Caltech PhD 1938. Known in China as Qian Xuesen, he died on October 31, 2009, at the age of 98.
Just weeks before his death, a delegation of Chinese archivists came to Caltech in search of his story. Learn more. 12-1-2009

Collections: Caltech Women's Club Papers
Plans are underway to deposit the Caltech Women's Club papers in the Archives. The CWC is in its 94th year and is one of the oldest university women's clubs in the nation. Learn more 12-1-2009

400 years: Observing Galileo's Telescope. Early in 1610 Galileo published an engraving of the moon's surface as observed by him the previous fall with his new telescope. An original edition of his book, The Sidereal Messenger, along with first editions of all of Galileo's major works, may be found in the rare book collection at Caltech. Learn more. 10-1-2009

Collections: Astronomy news and views. 2009 marks the International Year of Astronomy. In the Caltech Archives, important new acquisitions continue in the astronomy field. And old friends like the Hale papers continue to remind us of the critical role Pasadena and Caltech have played in astronomy for well over 100 years. Learn more. 10-1-2009

Old, new, rare, and mostly Italian. Caltech's rare book collection continues to grow, through the generosity of donors and benefactors.Learn more. 07-17-2009

Collections in preparation. The papers of Enrico Volterra. The selected personal correspondence and photo files of civil and aerospace engineer Enrico Volterra, the son of mathematician Vito Volterra, offer a window on the life and times of an Italian scientist who lived in Europe through two world wars, paid the price for being Jewish in Fascist Italy, and embarked on a new university career in postwar America. Learn more. 07-17-2009

T. H. Morgan and Caltech's Biological Evolution. On the Darwin bicentennial, remembering Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945) and the beginnings of Caltech's Biology Division. Learn more. 05-07-2009

New acquisitions The Drosophila Drawings of Edith M. Wallace. Wallace was Thomas Hunt Morgan's laboratory assistant and illustrator for 32 years. Her finely detailed, beautifully executed pen and ink drawings of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, appeared widely in publications by Morgan and his students. Much later they formed most of the illustrations of the famous Red Book, the definitive catalog of Drosophila mutations prior to the electronic FlyBase. Recently a substantial set of Wallace's original Drosophila drawings were returned to the Caltech Archives from England. Learn more. 05-07-2009

Remembering George Housner (1910-2008). Housner, Braun Professor of Engineering, Emeritus, was a good friend of the Caltech Archives. Learn more. 04-09-2009

Collections in Preparation The papers of Olga Taussky-Todd (1906-1995) and John Todd (1911-2007), both professors in the mathematics department at Caltech. Olga was a numberand matrix theorist trained in Vienna, Zürich, and Göttingen. John was a pioneer in numerical analysis and computing. The two left their estate and their mathematical papers to Caltech. Learn more. 04-14-2009

New digital repository "Lab Notes" launched: Robert A. Millikan Oil Drop Experiment Notebooks online! 03-2009

Preservation of Earnest Watson collection of historic maps supported by Friends of the Caltech Libraries (FOCAL). Learn more. 03-2009

Collections in Preparation The Papers of Gerald J. Wasserburg (born 1927). imageGeologist, geochemist, planetary scientist, and Crafoord Laureate, Wasserburg is known for his isotope studies of lunar materials collected by the Apollo missions and his involvement in US space research programs. At Caltech he ran the laboratory known as the Lunatic Asylum. Learn more. 03-2009


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