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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

J. Morgan Kousser oral history now online

Three-quarter close-up portrait of J. Morgan Kousser, shot outdoors. He has white hair, beard, and moustache. He wears a light blue shirt and a blue tie.

Read the recollections of J. Morgan Kousser, professor of history and social science, emeritus. An expert on minority voting, discrimination, and race relations in the United States. Posted 01-03-2022

A series of four oral histories collected by the Caltech Women’s Club are now online

Close up of five young women standing behind a fence, shown at three quarters. A portion of a  building is seen behind them. 3 are in front, 2 in the back. They all wear light shirts adorned with large collars. Two have a darker jacket, two wear round glasses. Their hair is pulled up and styled in the fashion of the time.

The interviewees share their observations and perspectives on the early history of the Club and on social life on campus in the 1910s and 1920s. The interviews were conducted by Alice Stone in 1978. Posted 09-24-2021

Arden Albee oral history now online

Arden Albee sitting at his desk while showing a Mars Orbiter model, which consists of a central body with long arms extending on opposite sides, and a rectangular solar array on the top. He has white hair, a white beard, and a mustache. He wears glasses and a light shirt, a dark tie and a suit. He looks toward the camera. On the wall at his right a poster entitled “Explorer’s guide to Mars.

Read our 2017 interview with Arden Albee, Caltech professor of geology and planetary science, emeritus, and a key figure in lunar and Martian exploration. Prof. Albee served as JPL chief scientist and led multiple NASA missions. (He is shown above with a model of the Mars Observer). Posted 05-10-2021

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Talk of the Archives

Archives awarded AIP Grant to process the Robert and Juliana Christy Papers

Unformal portrait of Juliana dn Robert Christy

Inge-Juliana Sackmann and Robert Frederick Christy, undated

The Archives has been awarded the AIP Grant for Archives (2021) to process the paper of theoretical physicist Robert F. Christy, who was involved in the Manhattan Project with J. Robert Oppenheimer. He later joined the Caltech faculty and also held Caltech leadership positions, provost and acting president. With the funds from the grant, the archives plans to start an internship program for aspiring archivists. Read the story. P-NM, February 17, 2022

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