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California Institute of Technology Archives

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.

The Caltech Archives' holdings include a wide range of materials, from manuscripts to photographs, to audio-visual materials, books, fine art, and artifacts.

Collection materials include:
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Caltech Archives
Mail Code 015A-74
Caltech
Pasadena, California 91125
Telephone: (626) 395-2704
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Note : Previously transferred from film to VHS. Tacoma Narrows Bridge newsreel at beginning of tape. "Wind Tunnel Tests of Tacoma Narrows Bridge Model" begins at 00:05:57. Description : Footage of Tacoma Narrows Bridge construction, collapse, and finally, testing of model in Caltech Wind Tunnel. It features also, William Zisch (manager of Aerojet) with navy, and other footage of the 10' wind tunnel, including Clark Millikan (Caltech professor of aeronautics). Additional Description :...
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by Hatcher, J. B.
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Description : Donor J. Hatcher took campus shots during his undergraduate period at Caltech, 1927-1930, with his Sept camera. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research....
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Note : Silent in places. Description : Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas had been spending 4 days (1/31-2/3 1956) as guest in Caltech's Leaders of America program. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is...
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by Deverell, William
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Description: William Deverell, historian of the American West of the 19th and 20th century, describes how Los Angeles became a self-conscious 'City of the Future' by whitewashing a Mexican past. Call number: VHS 2 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: VHS
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by Millikan, Clark B.; Millikan, Robert A.
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Description:  Dedication speech of the $2,500,000 Southern California Cooperative Wind Tunnel, owned by several aviation manufacturers and managed by Caltech. Professor Clark B. Millikan, its director, and Caltech founder Robert A. Millikan, were among the speakers. Digitized by Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Source: 3 Discs of 3: LP Record
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 24 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
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Note: Video Noise Visible. Audio and video levels vary, White levels are high and clipped. Portions of programming did not contain captions. Description: The coverage of the construction, preparation and parading of the Caltech Centennial Float during the 1991 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Call number: VHS 3 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 3/4 inch videotape
Note:  Inherent spots. Damaged original. Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River. Call Number: PH. 1 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph:4 x 3 1/4 in.
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by Med-Tech Productions
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Note : Previously transferred from film to VHS. Series Title : Caltech Footage Description : The footage shows people and areas of Pasadena and Caltech in 1942. In specific: Rose Parade floats; Robert Millikan (first Caltech President and 1923 Nobel prize laureate) and William V. Houston on the Caltech Olive Walk; Throop Hall (former campus hall of administration); Caltech students; Robert Millikan and others at Pacific Electric Railway station in Pasadena; arrival and departure of red car....
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by Kirst, Michael
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Note:  Recording contains a high amount of static, hiss and background noise.  Description : A Caltech Burgess lecture analyzing the California State policy for children. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Description : Program made for the Caltech Nobel centennial year (2001) celebration. Covers all Caltech laureates to that time. Narrated by Sandra Tsing Loh. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of...
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by Clauser, Francis H.
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Note:  Recording contains a high amount of hiss and static. Description: Francis H. Clauser, the Clark Blanchard Millikan Professor of Engineering,  he was a founder of modern aeronautics and helped usher in the Space Age. Clauser arrived at the dawn of the environmental movement, launched Caltech's interdisciplinary graduate program in environmental engineering science and established the Environmental Quality Laboratory, or EQL. In this talk, recorded during the 1973 Caltech Alumni Day, he...
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Description: George W. Housner was an eminent authority on earthquake engineering and National Medal of Science laureate. This talk - geared toward a popular audience- offers an analysis of the 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, and discusses what we can expect in the future. The lecture was given at Caltech. Call number: AUDIO 01 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Note:  Recording contains a high amount of hiss, hum, and background noise. Description: This talk, aimed at a popular audience, gives an overview of the Southern California landscape modifications that were happening in the 1950s.   Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Program (CAVPP) .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 12 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River. Call Number: PH. 2 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River. Call Number: PH. 20 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
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Description: William Deverell offers an early vision of the city of Los Angeles through history, cultural criticism and social commentary. He shows how understanding the Los Angeles of the 19th century requires grappling with the complex relationship between whites, especially those in power, and Mexican people, a Mexican past, and a Mexican landscape. Call number: AUDIO 04 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Original photo has inherent spots. Description : Headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 18 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: A lecture on the shift of black voters from the Republican to the Democratic party in the 1930s in the Los Angeles area. Call number: VHS 1 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: VHS
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by Silver, Leon Theodore
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Decription: Caltech Professor Leon Silver talks about the relation of crustal scattering to seismicity in California. Call number: AUDIO 06 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note : Blurry original. Description: 1/2 Half Million Dollar High School -- Pasadena.  Call Number: PH. 6 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: Photograph: 1 Page of 1: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: A Pasadena bungalow. Call Number: PH. 5 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Avalon, Santa Catalina Isl.  Call Number: PH. 21 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 25 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
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by Class, Glen
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Description: Distinguished atmospheric scientist Glen Class painstakingly sleuthed out the myriad sources of air pollution that plagued Los Angeles. In this lecture, he discusses the complex mix of airborne chemicals that pollute the urban area of Los Angeles. Call number: AUDIO 09 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Los Angeles and Pasadena at night. Call Number: PH. 7 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Note:  Inherent spots. Damaged original. Description: Poppy Fields-ft Mt. Lowe.  Call Number: PH. 8 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
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by Kiewiet, D. Roderick
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Description: Talk given during Caltech Alumni Day, analyzing the California public school system.  Digitized by the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 10 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Cement Lined Canal, 200 Ft. above Owens Lake.  Call Number: PH. 23 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Cain, Bruce
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Note: Audio contains hum and static, has some warble toward the end, and ends abruptly. Description: Professor of Political Sciences Bruce Cain discusses how well over two millions immigrants arrived in California in the 1970s and 1980s, reshaping the profile of the State and affecting both its business and its social fabric. Call number: AUDIO 05 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: A Pasadena home.  Call Number: PH. 3 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Eastlake Park -- Los Angeles Cal. Call Number: PH. 14 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Kanamori, Hiroo
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Note: Audio is distorted at times. Description: Hiroo Kanamori made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the physics of earthquakes and the tectonic processes that cause them. He developed the moment magnitude scale currently used to measure the strength of earthquakes. In this public lecture, Kanamori presents a general overview of the strength of earthquakes experienced and expected in California. Call number: AUDIO 02 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Brooks, Norman
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Description: Environmental and Civil Engineering Professor Norman Brooks gives an overview of the floods from the larger rivers of California, how flood control works responded, and what damages occurred on the coast. Call number: AUDIO 08 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description: San Gabriel Mission. Call Number: PH. 11 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Brooks, Norman
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Note: Audio contains some static and a brief ramping up of speed. Description: Environmental and Civil Engineering Professor Norman Brooks discusses the unique aspects of sedimentation in regional floods, and the damaging effects of the high storm waves and high tides in California. Call number: AUDIO 07 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description: Gold of Ophir Rose Bush. L.A. So. Cal.  Call Number: PH. 13 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Source: 1 Page of 1: Photograph: 4 x 3 1/4 in.
Description: Glass photographs -many in color- of Southern California scenes. They include Pasadena views (homes, a school, a church), Mt. Lowe, poppy fields, sunset over the Pacific, San Gabriel Mission, Catalina Island, Los Angeles (Eastlake Park), hauling cotton in Imperial Valley, San Luis Rey arches, headwaters of Owens River.  Call Number: PH. 16 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Moore, Gordon
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Note : Part 1 ends abruptly. Part 2 begins abruptly. Description : San Francisco-born co-founder of Intel Corporation and Caltech Trustee Gordon Moore gives his overview on semiconductors during one of the famous public-oriented Watson Lecture Series. Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights,...
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Description: A Pasadena home.  Call Number: PH. 4 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description: San Luis Rey Arches. Call Number: PH. 15 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Sieh, Kerry
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Description: Kerry Sieh is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an earthquake geologist. In this lecture he presents his studies on the San Andreas fault, which led to the discovery of how often and how regularly it produces large earthquakes in Southern California. Call number: AUDIO 03 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description: Map of California issued by Southern Pacific Co.  Call Number: PH. 19 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Mead, Carver
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Note : Content ends abruptly. Description : Carver Andress Mead (born in Bakersfield, California 1934) is a US scientist and engineer. He currently holds the position of Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. A pioneer of modern microelectronics, he has made contributions to the development and design of semiconductors, digital chips, and silicon compilers, technologies which form the foundations of modern VLSI chip design. Rights : Copyright...
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Note : Damaged original. Glass slide cracked. Description : Hollton Power Coy. canal at Holtville.  Call Number: PH. 17 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Note : Hiss and lots of background noise as on original tape. Some phasing and distortion throughout. The speaker on Part 1 is Amnon Yariv and the speaker on Part 2 is Carver Andress Mead. Description : Amnon Yariv is an Israeli-American professor of applied physics and electrical engineering at the California Institute of Technology, known for his pioneering contributions to opto-electronics.The semiconductor distributed feedback laser, a device used in the Internet's fiber-optic...
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Note : Damaged original. Description: Mt. Lowe Ry. Upper Division.  Call Number:   PH. 9 Digitized by California Revealed .
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Description: Seals racing for fish. Call Number: PH. 22 Digitized by California Revealed .
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by Mead, Carver
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Note : Part 1 ends abruptly. Description : Carver Andress Mead (born in Bakersfield, California 1934) is a US scientist and engineer. He currently holds the position of Gordon and Betty Moore Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. A pioneer of modern microelectronics, he has made contributions to the development and design of semiconductors, digital chips, and silicon compilers, technologies which form the foundations of modern VLSI chip design. Rights : Copyright...
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by Moore, Gordon
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Note : Part 1 begins and ends abruptly. Description : San Francisco-born co-founder of Intel Corporation and Caltech Trustee Goordon Moore gives his overview on the future of microcomputing. Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for...
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