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The Drawings of Russell Porter

Resource available online as part of the Caltech Archives Digitization Project.

RUSSELL W. PORTER: 1871-1949. Architect, artist and mechanical/optical instrument designer and maker. Recruited in 1928 by G. E. Hale to work on design aspects of the 200-inch Palomar telescope; held the position of Research Associate in Optics and Instrumental Design at Caltech 1928-42. Made designs for three campus buildings related to work on the 200-inch telescope (machine shop, astrophysics lab, optical shop). Developed "cutaway" drawing technique.

Collection includes sketches, drawings, photographs, reproductions. A finding aid is available at the Online Archive of California (OAC).

ID: 2014-00074
Porter, Russell Williams (Architect, artist, instrument designer and maker)

Creation Jan. 1, 1928 through Feb. 22, 1949

MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Drawing; LENGTH: 5.75 linear ft. ; QUANTITY: 5 oversize boxes, 1 storage box

Topics: Astronomy, Design

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