Peter Sachs Collopy


I’m a historian, archivist, and curator of modern American 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. From this project, I have published on video synthesizers, electronic photography, and Catholicism in Paul Ryan’s video art.

In the history of biology and the human sciences, I have researched and written about race concepts in physical anthropology, theistic evolutionism, and the quantification of sex. I 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 by curating research collections and public exhibitions. I’m a co-organizer of Caltech’s seminar series “Critical Intersections: Conversations on History, Race, and Science” and Principal Investigator of the research and exhibition project “Virtual Witnessing: Seeing Caltech Science.”

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 ARK Alliance.

From 2015 to 2017, I was a research fellow at the University of Southern California, where I taught courses on Cold War America and the history of evolutionary thought. Prior to that, I studied and taught history of science and technology at the University of Pennsylvania, was an organizer and board member of Mariposa Food Co-op in Philadelphia, and worked as a web developer and science museum educator.

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Philipps-Universität Marburg, December 11
Society of California Archivists
April 27–30
The Movement Movement*
Philipps-Universität Marburg, June 24–26
Society of American Archivists
Anaheim, August 1–7