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.

In addition, I have studied 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 by curating research collections and public exhibitions. I’m a co-organizer this year of Caltech’s seminar series “Critical Intersections: Conversations on History, Race, and 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 ARKs in the Open Project.

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.

I also have a background in consensus-oriented meeting facilitation and the governance of cooperative organizations. From 2009 to 2015, I served on the Board of Delegates of Mariposa Food Co-op in Philadelphia.

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Just Code
October 23–24
Society of California Archivists
April 27–30
Society of American Archivists
Anaheim, August 1–7
The Movement Movement*
Philipps-Universität Marburg, summer