Peter Sachs Collopy


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

As University Archivist at the Caltech Archives, I lead a team that facilitates understanding of Caltech’s role in the history of science and technology. In addition to research collections, we currently host the exhibit “The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image,” which I curated.

As a managing editor and web administrator of the History of Anthropology Newsletter, 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.

My primary research project, “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped,” is on the networks of people and institutions—from artists to psychotherapists to members of the Black Panther Party—who developed new practices of experimentation with consciousness and politics around the technologies of portable video recording and video synthesis in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is in dialogue with scholarship not only in history of science, technology, and medicine, but also in media studies, communications, art history, and the history of the counterculture and New Left. I also research how evolutionary theories have been invoked in religious and political discourses.

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