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Email: archives@caltech.edu
Collections with online items: 4
Physical collections: 111
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Alles (Gordon) Papers

The papers relate mostly to a long-standing patent dispute between Gordon Alles, George Piness, and Smith, Kline and French Laboratories over the manufacturing rights to medical agents, including benzedrine salts and phenyl-isopropylamine salts.

 
Anderson (Carl D.) papers

A selection of the course and teaching notes, correspondence, technical files, and photographs of Carl D. Anderson (1905-1991) form the collection known as the Carl D. Anderson Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Working under Robert...

 
Anderson (John A.) Papers

These papers document the career of astronomer John A. Anderson. The bulk of the documentation is in the form of correspondence, calculations, drawings, and photos. They relate chiefly to Palomar Observatory and Anderson's work on the instrument and optical design...

 
ASCIT Board Minutes

This is a collection of volumes, mostly bound, containing minutes of the meetings of the Executive Committee of the Associated Students of the California Institute of Technology (ASCIT)....

 
Astronomy Department Files Papers

The collection contains mostly Astronomy Department records from the 1930s, including design, equipment and material specifications, and correspondence related to the Astrophysics Laboratory and Palomar and Mt. Wilson Observatories.

 
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Bacher (Robert F.) papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, photos and biographical materials of Robert F. Bacher (1905-2004) form the collection known as the Papers of Robert F. Bacher in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Bacher was a nuclear physicist who...

 
Barrett (Edward C.)

Edward Cecil "Ned" Barrett was for many years the only business officer of the California Institute of Technology and of its forerunner institution, Throop University/Polytechnic Institute. The collection contains historical and administrative documents relating to the early years of Caltech...

 
Bateman (Harry) papers

Harry Bateman was a mathematical physicist and professor of physics, mathematics and aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, originally Throop College), 1917-1946. The collection includes his manuscripts on binomial coefficients, notes on integrals and related material (much of...

 
Beckman (Arnold Orville) Papers

The Arnold Beckman materials are primarily printed matter relating to Beckman's philanthropy, including newspaper clippings, photos, albums and scrapbooks. There are also two manuscript boxes of biographical newspaper clippings from the 1950s through 1989. Although there is only a small...

 
Bell (Eric Temple) papers

Eric Temple Bell was professor mathematics at Caltech from 1926 to 1953. He was a specialist in the theory of numbers. He also distinguished himself as a writer of science fiction under the name of John Taine, and also as...

 
Benzer (Seymour) papers

Seymour Benzer (1921-2007) first came to Caltech in 1949. He held the James G. Boswell Professorship of Neuroscience from 1975 to 1993. A selection of his correspondence, research notes, technical files, reprints, manuscripts and writings form the collection known as...

 
Bonner (James) papers

The papers of James Frederick Bonner (1910 – 1996), Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1934) and professor of biology, 1938-1981. His papers include a large correspondence section with colleagues and organizations worldwide, as well as writings and talks, papers about his consultancy...

 
Borsook (Henry) Papers

The Henry Borsook Papers cover the years 1958 to 1983, but significant gaps are present. Section 1 is incoming and outgoing correspondence primarily covering the years 1960 to 1965. It illustrates several facets of Borsook's career, including his relationships with...

 
Bowen (Ira Sprague) papers

Ira Sprague Bowen: 1898-1973. Astrophysicist; Director, Mt. Wilson Observatory, 1946-1964; Professor of Physics, Caltech 1926-45. Much of his physics research was concerned with studies of spectral lines and spectroscopy; in the 1930s his interests turned more to astronomy and astrophysics...

 
Buwalda (John P. and Imra Wann) papers

The personal and organizational correspondence, working papers, notebooks, and manuscripts of John P. Buwalda (1886-1954) form the the bulk of the collection known as the John P. and Imra Wann Buwalda Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of...

 
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California Institute of Technology Historical Files

The Caltech Historical Files is an extensive collection related to the history of the institute. Included are files on academic divisions and programs, accreditation, administration, alumni, the Athenaeum, awards and celebrations, the calendar of events, campus development, conferences, cultural events,...

 
Caltech Service League Papers

The Caltech Service League Papers were given to the Archives in January, 1995, by the last Service League members. It represents the working papers of the organization from its inception in 1947 to its disbanding at the end of 1994....

 
Caltech Synchrotron Laboratory papers

These papers document Caltech's building of a one-billion volt (1 BeV) electron accelerator, the synchrotron. Funded by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, the project marked the beginning of high energy physics at Caltech. The records consist of photos, technical notes,...

 
Caltech Y Records

The collection is largely formed by correspondence, documents of the Caltech Y's activities beginning in the 1920s and by photos, audios and videos.

 
Campbell (Dan H.) Papers

The scientific correspondence, technical notes, contracts and reprints of Dan Campbell (1908-1974) form the collection known as the Dan Hampton Campbell Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Professor of immunochemistry at Caltech beginning 1942, Campbell...

 
Carnegie Program & the California Seminar on Arms Control and Foreign Policy Records

Records of the Science and Government Program of the Caltech Humanities Division, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation, 1960-1966. The program consisted of a series of seminars on arms control. Speakers from government (domestic and foreign), the military, and from the...

 
Chemistry Division Selected Correspondence Files

The manuscript material described below was selected by the Institute Archivist from the files of the Division of Chemistry, and deposited in the Archives June 2, 1975. Primarily correspondence, these papers provide some documentation of the administrative and scientific career...

 
Clark (J. Kent) Papers

J. Kent Clark, 1917-pres. Professor of English, CIT 1947-86. The papers include manuscripts of dramatic and musical works (with audio casettes), biographical sketches, essays, a manuscript of Clark's biography of Thomas, Earl of Wharton, and some correspondence (esp. with Walter...

 
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Davidson (Norman) Papers

The papers include correspondence and files on publishing, research grants, professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. The collection contains also files on the Caltech Institute of Technology faculty committees, the Gates Chemical...

 
Delbrück (Max) Papers

This collection encompasses most of Delbrück's lifetime and chronicles his role in the development of molecular biology. The bulk of the materials date from the time of his immigration to the U.S. in 1946. They include personal and professional correspondence,...

 
Dreyer (William J.) papers

The consulting files, patent files and correspondence, and a selection of working papers, general correspondence, and biographical papers of the biochemist William J. Dreyer, known as the William J. Dreyer Papers in the California Institute of Technology Archives. A specialist...

 
DuBridge (Lee A.) Papers

The Papers of Lee A. DuBridge span the years 1932 to 1986 and contain correspondence, documents, reports, speeches, and memorabilia which reflect his tenure as chairman of the department of physics, University of Rochester; head of the Massachusetts Institute of...

 
DuMond (Jesse W. M.) papers

Jesse William Monroe DuMond, experimental physicist and professor of physics at Caltech, 1938-1963, was known for his work on physical constants and spectroscopic instrumentation. His papers contain principally his scientific correspondence, with some reprints, photos of experimental apparatus, and biographical...

 
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Ellis (Emory L.) Papers

The Ellis Papers were donated by Dr. Ellis in 1994. They comprise two boxes of correspondence, manuscripts and technical notes on both bacteriophage and the Caltech vitamin plan, plus biographical material. They cover the time period of 1925 through 1993....

 
Epstein (Paul Sophus) Papers

Epstein was a physicist at California Institute of Technology from 1921-1953; he taught advanced courses in mathematical and theoretical physics. Collection includes general and family correspondence; personal and biographical material; notebooks; manuscripts; class notes by a Caltech student; books, mostly...

 
Epstein (Samuel) Papers

The working papers, correspondence, scientific data, teaching and biographical material of Samuel Epstein form the collection known as the Samuel Epstein Papers at the California Institute of Technology Archives. Epstein had a distinguished career in isotope geochemistry, resulting in the...

 
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Feynman (Richard Phillips) Papers

This collection documents the career of Nobel Prize winner Richard Phillips Feynman (1918-1988). It contains correspondence, biographical materials, course and lecture notes, speeches, manuscripts, publications, and technical notes relating to his work in quantum electrodynamics. Feynman served as Richard Chace...

 
Foladare (Joseph) Papers

The Foladare Collection at the Caltech Archives consists of three boxes of materials, all of which date from the Caltech Rocket Project during World War II (1942-46). Included in the first two boxes are technical reports on rocket science and...

 
Fowler (William A.) Papers

These papers document the career of William A. Fowler, who served on the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology from 1939 until 1982. Focusing heavily on nuclear physics and astrophysics, the Fowler papers form a rich and important collection...

 
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Gell-Mann (Murray) papers

The scientific and personal correspondence, organizational and government files, technical and teaching notes, writings and talks, civic and social action files, biographical and family papers, and a small collection of audiovisual material of Murray Gell-Mann (b. 1929) form the collection...

 
Gilbert (Horace N.) papers

The correspondence, manuscripts, published papers, course lecture notes and special wartime (World War II) and postwar working documents of Horace N. Gilbert (1901-1990) form the collection known as the Horace N. Gilbert Papers in the Archives of the California Institute...

 
Gnome Club Records

The Records of the Gnome Club (1897-2007), organized in six archival boxes, contains diverse material related to Caltech's oldest social club. Material includes historical information, constitution and by-laws, member lists, newsletters, photos and artifacts.

 
Greenstein (Jesse Leonard) Papers

These papers document the career of Jesse L. Greenstein, a Harvard educated astronomer who came to the California Institute of Technology in 1948 to run the astronomy program. While at Caltech he did research on stellar composition and high resolution...

 
Gutenberg (Beno) Papers

The papers include personal, Caltech related, and professional correspondence; government and technical files, data pads and notebooks, reprints, and biographical and personal material.

 
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Hale (George E.) Papers

This collection documents George Ellery Hale's role in planning and developing major observatories in the U. S., and in founding the California Institute of Technology and the Huntington Library. The collection also illustrates the role Hale took in organizing the...

 
Heller (Elmer and Joseph) Collection on Richard P. Feynman

The small collection of 36 items contains 20 letters and postcards of Richard Feynman to his childhood friend Elmer W.Heller, in addition to letters from others to Elmer Heller, including two letters from Arline Greenbaum, Feynman's first wife. Also included...

 
Horowitz (Norman H.) Papers

The working papers, correspondence, manuscripts, and lectures of Norman Harold Horowitz form the collection known as the Papers of Norman Horowitz in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Horowitz was professor of biology at Caltech, and a pioneer...

 
Housner (George William) papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of George W. Housner form the collection known as the G. W. Housner Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Professor Housner spent his entire academic career at...

 
Hutchings (Edward, Jr.) Papers

The papers represent a somewhat miscellaneous cross section of material touching on various aspects of life at Caltech. Of particular interest are talks about or interviews with prominent Caltech faculty. There is also interesting material on student life, as well...

 
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King (Robert B.) Fuze Collection Documents

The Robert B. King Fuze Collection Documents, 1943-1945, donated with the fuzes, include a set of the Confidential Bulletins of Section L (OSRD Contract OEMsr-418), as well as several technical manuals published by the U.S.Navy. All materials have been declassified.

 
Klein (Arthur L.) Papers

The Papers of Arthur L. Klein (1928-1974) represent a small collection divided between correspondence, teaching files, technical material relating to wind tunnels and airplane design, and personal data. Researchers should also consult the following related collections: the Papers of Theodore...

 
Knapp (Robert T.)

The working papers, correspondence, publications, photos, artifacts, and biographical materials of Robert Talbot Knapp form the collection known as the Papers of Robert T. Knapp in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Knapp attended the Throop College of...

 
Koepfli (Joseph B.) Papers

Joseph B. Koepfli (b. 1904) was research associate in chemistry at Caltech from 1932 to 1971. His field of study was organic chemistry, principally alkaloids and other physiologically active substances such as adrenalin and insulin. He was trained in pharmacology...

 
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Langmuir (Robert V.) Papers

The Robert Vose Langmuir papers document only a small portion of Langmuir's work. Notably absent is material on the Caltech synchrotron. Files include technical reports from the General Electric period, with an acccount of the discovery of synchrotron radiation by...

 
Lauritsen (Charles Christian) Papers

Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1930-1962. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, research notes and data, manuscripts, reprints, patents, photographs. Covers work at Caltech, consulting work and professional activities, personal and biographical materials. Topics: cold-emission effect, medical physics...

 
Lauritsen (Thomas) Papers

Professor of nuclear physics, California Institute of Technology, 1941-1973. Includes correspondence, proposals, monographs, research data, lecture notes, conference, travel and course materials, materials relating to work with government and professional organizations, e.g., the Atomic Energy Commission, National Academy of Sciences,...

 
Leighton (Robert B.) papers

This collection documents the career of Robert B. Leighton, who served as a member of the physics faculty at the California Institute of Technology from 1949 until 1986. The materials relating to the California Institute of Technology include research proposals...

 
Lowenstam (Heinz A.) Papers

The Papers of Heinz A. Lowenstam were given to the Caltech Archives by the Division of Geology. The Steven Weiner correspondence was supplemented by Lillian Weitzner. ...

 
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MacCready (Paul B.) Papers

Paul MacCready (1925-2007) came to Caltech as a graduate student, initially obtaining his Master's degree in physics in 1948 and then a PhD in aeronautical engineering in 1952. The collection documents most aspects of MacCready's personality and career as aeronautical...

 
Marcus (R. A.) papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of chemist Rudolph A. Marcus form the collection known as the R. A. Marcus Papers in the California Institute of Technology Archives. Marcus is best known for his contributions to the theory...

 
Martel (R. R.), papers

The correspondence, manuscripts, reports, photos, and published papers of Romeo Raoul Martel (1890-1965) form the collection known as the R. R. Martel Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Martel was professor of civil engineering at...

 
McCann (Gilbert D.) Papers

A small collection of materials, reprints of Gilbert McCann, software diskettes, photographs and an autobiography manuscript form the collection known as the Gilbert McCann Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Professor of Applied Science at...

 
Millikan (Clark, B.) Papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of Clark B. Millikan form the collection known as the Papers of Clark B. Millikan in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Clark Millikan obtained his PhD from Caltech in...

Millikan (Robert Andrews) Papers

The core of the Robert A. Millikan Collection at the California Institute of Technology consists of the official papers generated by Millikan during the twenty-five years that he was the executive officer at the Institute. The bulk of the papers...

 
Morgan (Thomas H.) Papers

The Morgan papers contain correspondence, technical and course material, papers relating to the formation of the Biology Division at Caltech and other administrative matters, and a small amount of biographical material. ...

 
Morley (Edward Williams) family papers

Letters primarily to the nineteenth-century American chemist Edward Williams Morley, and letters to and from other members of his family including his parents and siblings, also including an important collection of Civil War letters, in addition to miscellaneous historical documents,...

 
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Neher (H. Victor) papers

The papers of H. Victor Neher (1904-1999), Caltech professor of physics, 1931-1970. Neher was one of Caltech's early PhDs in physics. He belonged to Robert A. Millikan's cosmic-ray research group at Caltech for 20 years and served on the Caltech...

 
Neugebauer (G.) Papers

The scientific notebooks, photographic slides, course notes, material from the LIGO controversy and papers from the Palomar and Keck observatories of Gerry Neugebauer (born in 1932) form the collection known as the Gerry Neugebauer Papers in the Archives of the...

North (Wheeler J.) papers

The papers of Wheeler J. North, Caltech alumnus (BS, biology, 1950; BS, electrical engineering, 1944) and Professor of Environmental Engineering, 1963-1992. The papers include correspondence and memos, data books, proposals and reports, and miscellaneous printed matter and media relating to...

 
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Oliver (Robert W.) papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of Robert Warner Oliver form the collection known as the Papers of Robert W. Oliver in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Oliver was professor of economics at Caltech from...

 
Owens Valley Radio Observatory records

The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) began operations in 1958 with the commissioning of two 90-foot radio telescopes built by Caltech. It was originally built to study radio galaxies, but is now used to look at the sun's magnetic field....

 
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Palomar Observatory motion pictures collection

A collection of films showing the construction and operation of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, Palomar Mountain, California. This instrument was the world's largest effective telescope for 45 years (1948-1993). The collection includes footage of the transportation, grinding...

 
Patterson (Clair C.) Papers

This collection documents Clair Patterson (1922-1995), a geochemist at the University of Chicago and California Institute of Technology. Patterson was best known for determining the age of the earth and the solar system, and for his pioneering work on global...

 
Paul (Rodman W.) papers

Paul was a historian of the American West. His special interest was in mining. The small collection of Rodman Paul papers was given to the Archives by the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2001. It contains a sampling...

 
Pickering (William H.) Papers

A native of New Zealand, William H. Pickering came to the U.S. in 1929 to study physics at Caltech under Robert A. Millikan. He became professor of electrical engineering at Caltech in 1936. In 1944 he joined the staff of...

 
Porter (Russell W.) Drawings

The drawings of Russell W. Porter in the Caltech Archives represent only a small portion of his output, but they range over a variety of subjects from his California period, beginning in 1928. The works have been divided into series...

 
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Richards (Raymond G.) Caltech Course Lecture Notes

The course notes, syllabi, and reports of Caltech student Raymond G. Richards. Richards received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Caltech in 1940.

 
Richter (Charles F.) Papers

This collection documents the life of physicist Charles F. Richter, who focused on geophysics and seismology. He is best known as the seismologist who developed the magnitude scale that bears his name. The papers consist of correspondence with professional organizations,...

 
Robertson (H. P.) papers

H. P. Robertson was professor of mathematical physics at Caltech in 1927-1929 and again from 1947 until his death in 1961. He made notable contributions to the fields of relativity and cosmology and held important positions in the U.S. government...

 
Rule (Bruce H.) Papers

The papers of Bruce Rule, spanning the years 1933 to 1989, were received over a period of time from different sources. The initial collection, given by the Caltech Astrophysics Department, consists of six and a half linear feet of material...

 
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Sharp (Robert P.) Papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications and biographical material of Robert Phillip Sharp form the collection known as the Papers of Robert P. Sharp in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Sharp was a long-time member, and for some...

 
Sinsheimer (Robert L.) Papers

The Robert L. Sinsheimer Papers came to the Archives of the California Institute of Technology in September 1977 as a gift from Dr. Sinsheimer. The Collection comprises correspondence, materials relating to various scientific organizations and meetings, some lecture notes, presentations,...

 
Stanley (Gordon J.) Papers

Gordon J. Stanley (1921-2001), radio astronomer and receiver expert, came to Caltech From Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) in 1955. He succeeded John Bolton as, first, acting director (1961) and then director (1965-1975) of the Owens Valley...

 
Stevens (Robert T.) Papers

The Papers of Robert T. Stevens were donated to the Archives by Mr. Stevens in July, 1993. They consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, technical notes and drawings relating to the Caltech rocket project during World War II. Included is some...

 
Stock (Chester) papers

Chester Stock (1892-1950) was professor of paleontology, 1926-1950, and chairman of the Division of Geology, 1947-1950, at the California Institute of Technology. He was a specialist in vertebrate, specifically mammalian, fossils of the Western United States, especially of California and...

 
Sturtevant (Alfred H.) Papers

The papers of Alfred Henry Sturtevant at the Archives of the California Institute of Technology are a rich source for the study of both the social and intellectual history of genetics. The papers, presented to the Archives in 1970 as...

 
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Todd (John) and Olga Taussky-Todd papers

The scientific and personal correspondence, teaching notes, writings and talks, biographical papers, and a small collection of audiovisual material form the collection known as the Papers of John Todd and Olga Taussky-Todd in the Archives of the California Institute of...

 
Tolman (Richard C.) papers

This collection documents the career of Richard Chace Tolman, who served on the faculties of the Universities of Michigan, Cincinnati, California (Berkeley) and Illinois. Collection includes family photographs, personal and biographical materials including his Ph. D. Thesis, sporadic and limited...

 
Troendle (Lois G.C.) Papers

The collection consists of family records and personal papers, including letters, news clippings, and documents of Lois Gosney Castle Troendle, daughter of E. S. Gosney. The family papers contain early biographical material on E. S. Gosney, including genealogical records of...

 
Tyler (Albert) Papers

The Albert Tyler Papers (1930-1968) were donated to the Archives by the Caltech Biology Division in 1970. They represent only a small portion of his scientific legacy. In 1996, files relating to Tyler's work in the 1930s on Urechis and...

 
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Volterra (Enrico) Papers

The scientific and personal correspondence of Enrico Volterra (1905-1973) from the collection known as the Papers of Enrico Volterra in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. He was the son of the distinguished Italian mathematician Vito Volterra. He...

 
Von Kármán (Theodore) Papers

This record group documents the career of Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born aerodynamicist, science advisor, and first director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. It consists primarily of correspondence, speeches, lectures and lecture notes, scientific...

 
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Walker (Robert L.) Papers

This collection documents the career of Robert L. Walker, Professor of Physics at Caltech from 1949-1981. The records illustrate Walker's expertise in experimental high energy physics, particularly in the design of detectors. The records include working files relating to the...

Wasserburg (Gerald J.) papers

The scientific and personal correspondence, organizational and government files, NASA files including Apollo missions and lunar sample analysis, notebooks, biographical materials and audiovisual materials of Gerald J. Wasserburg (b. 1927) form the collection known as the Gerald J. Wasserburg Papers...

 
Wayland (Harold) papers

The Papers of Harold Wayland (1909-2000), Caltech Professor of Engineering Science, 1949-1979, are a small collection of personal, scientific, and institutionally related documents. They cover aspects of Wayland's scientific work on microcirculation, his invention of the intravital microscope, and Caltech's...

 
Wiersma (Cornelis A. G.) Papers

The professional correspondence relating to neurophysiology (principally between 1950-1970) and organizational work, professional associations & publishing material, photographs, reprints, and research notes form the collection known as the Cornelis Wiersma in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

 
Wood (Harry O.) Papers

The papers of Harry O. Wood were transferred to the Caltech Archives from the Seismology Laboratory. The initial donation, now occupying twenty-two document boxes, was made in 1976; it was supplemented with two more boxes about ten years later. The...

 
Wouk (Victor) Papers

Papers of Victor Wouk (1919-2005). Electrical engineer. After graduating from Caltech (PhD 1942), Wouk devoted himself largely to the development of hybrid and electric motor vehicles. The range of his activities is wide, and he has consulted for several institutions...

 
Wright (Helen) Collection on George Ellery Hale

The working papers, correspondence, publications, photos and biographical materials of George E. Hale (1868-1938) form the collection known as the Helen Wright Collection on George Ellery Hale in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Not only was Hale...

 
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Zachariasen (Fredrik) papers

The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of physicist Fredrik Zachariasen form the collection known as the Fredrik Zachariasen Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Zachariasen specialized in theoretical physics, focusing on the interactions...