Peter Sachs Collopy


I’m a historian, archivist, and curator of science, technology, and media.

My research project “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped” is a network history of the experimental videographers who collaborated across the fields of art, psychotherapy, and politics in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is also a history of the resources videographers drew on, both material and intellectual, including the technology of electromagnetic recording, the practice of mediated self-observation, the metaphysics of collective consciousness, and the discourse of ethereality.

I also study how evolutionary theories have been invoked in religious and political debates, and maintain a bibliography of the history of cybernetics.

As University Archivist at the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections, I lead a team that facilitates understanding of Caltech’s role in the history of science and technology. In addition to research collections, we host public exhibitions. While our current exhibition, Becoming Caltech: Building a Research Community, 1910–1930, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re hosting a series of related public presentations on Zoom this summer, “Becoming Caltech, 1910–1930: Presentations from the Archives.”

As a managing editor and web administrator of the History of Anthropology Review, I foster an intellectual community of historians and anthropologists. I also serve on committees of the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology and Health Care Section, and the ARKs in the Open Project.

Twitter @collopy
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ORCID 0000-0002-0979-6549
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Publons AAC-3409-2020
Phone +1 626-395-2702
Zoom 331-641-2194
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Mail 1200 E. California Blvd.
MC B215-74
Pasadena, CA 91125
Becoming Caltech*
Online, June 11 – August 20
Archives * Records
Online, August 6–7
Society of American Archivists Science, Technology and Healthcare Section*
Online, August 20
The Movement Movement*
Philipps-Universität Marburg, postponed