Peter Collopy

University Archivist and Head, Special Collections

California Institute of Technology

As University Archivist at the Caltech Archives, I collect, preserve, and present papers and other media that facilitate understandings of Caltech’s role in the history of science and technology.

As a scholar, I’ve written about a theologian who believed Darwinism provided a “Calvinistic interpretation of nature”; anthropologists whose personal relationships and emotions shaped their arguments about the nature of race; psychologists studying millennial sexual behavior; engineers appropriating analog computing to build video synthesizers; an artist modeling video installations on Catholic practices; videographers using psychedelia and evolutionary panpsychism to make video into a technology of consciousness; psychotherapists and artists employing video feedback and cybernetics to cure/cause narcissism and produce new social systems; and Black Panthers who appeared in the U.S. on videotape while fugitives abroad. (Unlinked topics can be found in my dissertation, and these and other fragments of my research are catalogued more systematically on my projects page.)