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The Caltech Archives
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

Read the new oral history with Marshall H. Cohen.
Caltech Professor of Astronomy, emeritus, gives a firsthand overview of his life and career here.

Now online 4 new oral histories.

Our interviews with physicists Ronald Drever and David Goodstein, engineer Frederick Lindvall, administrator and English lecturer Charles Newton are now online. Read more about our oral history program here.

The George E. Hale collection is online!

George Ellery Hale (1868–1938) founded not only Caltech, but also the world’s largest telescopes. We’ve digitized his papers for the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Talk of the Archives

THE MIND'S EYE: RICHARD FEYNMAN IN WORD AND IMAGE

The 100th-anniversary exhibition now adds an exclusive Virtual Reality experience

In work and play, Richard Feynman was a distinctively visual thinker. The Caltech Archives is telling the story of Feynman’s life and physics by exhibiting the notes and artwork through which he shared his vision.

Highlights include the early Feynman diagrams with which Feynman developed his Nobel Prize-winning contributions to quantum electrodynamics, illustrated lecture notes for the famous Feynman lectures on physics, sketches of colleagues and campus sites, and photographs of Feynman as a teacher, drummer, and amateur actor.

The exhibit now also includes a virtual reality experience which brings Feynman’s playful spirit to life with one of his favorite autobiographical stories. Additional information here.- Posted 1-31-2019

 

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