Peter Sachs Collopy: CV

Curriculum Vitae
May 2019
1200 E. California Blvd.
MC B215-74
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-2702
pcollopy@caltech.edu
https://collopy.net/

Experience

2017– University Archivist and Head of Archives and Special Collections, California Institute of Technology.

Lead team that facilitates understanding of Caltech’s role in history of science and technology. Acquire manuscripts and records, establish policies and procedures, curate public exhibitions, oversee oral history program, and support teaching and research using primary sources. Develop library-wide strategy and policy with other department heads. Responsible for four archivists, an oral history interviewer, approximately ten volunteer museum attendants, and an $80,000 non-personnel budget.

  • Established culture of continuous training and professional development.
  • Developed clear, detailed collection development policy, access and privacy policy, and archival description manual.
  • Revising copyright and image licensing procedures to promote use and legal compliance.
  • Joined Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, providing fellowships for researchers.
  • Acquired manuscripts, photographs, and scientific instruments by both donation and purchase, including papers of founding LIGO physicist Ronald Drever. Received grant from American Institute of Physics to process that collection.
  • Received grant from California State Library to process the papers of kelp scientists William Crandall and Wheeler North.
  • Led digitization of George Ellery Hale Papers from microfilm, and their web publication by integrating ArchivesSpace and Islandora.
  • Overseeing comprehensive reappraisal, digitization, and cold storage of film collection.
  • Established web archiving program. Collected 235 Caltech websites.
  • Led planning for archives software systems integration and interoperability.
  • Leading development of low-cost digital preservation procedures following dissolution of Digital Preservation Network.
  • Led renovation of small museum. Oversaw establishment of new volunteer program to staff it.
  • Curated “The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image,” which received 4000 visitors.
  • Managed installation of security systems in archives and museum. Established new security procedures.
  • Leading disaster recovery planning.
  • Represented library staff on search committee for University Librarian.
2015– Managing Editor and Web Administrator, History of Anthropology Newsletter.

Converted print periodical into open access web publication. Led digitization of back issues for ingest into University of Pennsylvania institutional repository. Supervised cataloguing by three student assistants. Built website and email newsletter. Serves as one of four managers, supervising an additional 16 graduate student and early career editors.

2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Humanities Program, University of Southern California. Affiliated with the Department of History, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Taught interdisciplinary historical courses integrating digital exhibit design. Organized conference on materiality of digital media.

2014–2015 Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania.

Taught workshops for graduate students on syllabus and curriculum design. Observed and advised graduate student instructors.

2009–2015 Board of Directors, Mariposa Food Co-op.

Oversaw community-owned grocery store, including as president for two years. Led development of membership policy and consensus-based decision-making procedures. Developed voting software. Hired managers. Negotiated with staff. During tenure, budget grew from under $1 million to over $5 million and staff grew from nine to 45.

2002–2008 Software and Web Development Consultant.

Rewrote computer graphics software for visualizing business accounting for Case Western Reserve University. Developed web application for tracking music practicing. Designed and built websites for musicians and nonprofit organizations.

2006–2007 Camps and Classes Specialist, Great Lakes Science Center.

Taught computer programming to children using Lego robotics. Supervised two staff.

2004–2005 Archives Assistant, Archives, Oberlin College.

Arranged and described records. Trained coworkers on information technology.

2000–2005 Demonstrator, Great Lakes Science Center.

Conducted science demonstrations. Maintained attendance database.

Appointments

2017– University Archivist and Head of Archives and Special Collections, California Institute of Technology.
2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Humanities Program, University of Southern California. Affiliated with Department of History, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Education

2015 Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
2010 M.A., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
2007 B.A. with Highest Honors, History, Oberlin College.

Certificates

2017 Western Archives Institute.
2013 Certificate in College and University Teaching, University of Pennsylvania.

Expertise

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019 “La vidéo et les origines de la photographie électronique,(English text), Transbordeur: Photographie histoire société 3: 26–35.
2015 Race Relationships: Collegiality and Demarcation in Physical Anthropology,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 51, no. 3: 237–260. Awarded the 2013 John C. Burnham Early Career Award by the Forum for History of Human Science.
2014 Video Synthesizers: From Analog Computing to Digital Art,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 36, no. 4: 74–86.

Interviews

2017 4 Questions for Peter Collopy,” Caltech Magazine. Fall.
2015 Video and Technologies of Consciousness: An Interview with Peter Sachs Collopy,” by Deborah Withers, Greatbear Analogue and Digital Media Tape Blog. November 2.

Reviews

2019 The Cybernetics Moment; or, Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, by Ronald R. Kline. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 41, no. 2: 67–70.
Portable Moving Images: A Media History of Storage Formats, by Ricardo Cedeño Montaña. Technology and Culture 60, no. 1: 337–338.
2015 The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued, edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez. Technology and Culture 56, no. 4: 1008–1010.

Reports

2018 “History of Physics in the Caltech Archives, and Now on the Web: Hale, Glaser, and More,” with Mariella Soprano, AIP History Newsletter 50, no. 1: 10.
2011 “History of Science Society 2010 Annual Meeting,” with Andrew Hogan, genmedhist no. 15. November.

Theses

2015 The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania. Supervisor: John Tresch. Committee: Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Nathan Ensmenger, Fred Turner.
2010 “Race Relations: Montagu, Dobzhansky, Coon, and the Disputed Concept of Race,” M.A. thesis, University of Pennsylvania. Supervisor: M. Susan Lindee.
2007 George Frederick Wright and the Harmony of Science and Revelation,” B.A. thesis, Oberlin College. Supervisor: Clayton Koppes. Committee: Roland Baumann, Gary Kornblith.

Contributions as Research Assistant

2016 Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestly, and Crispin Rope, ENIAC in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer (MIT Press).
2010 Roland M. Baumann, Constructing Black Education at Oberlin College: A Documentary History (Ohio University Press).

Works in Progress

  • “Video Feedback, Narcissism, and the Self,” in Video Theories: A Transdisciplinary Reader, edited by Dieter Daniels and Jan Thoben (Bloomsbury).
  • “Infolding the Self: System and Narcissism from Video Therapy to Video Art.”
  • “Scanimate and the Work of Analog Computer Animation.”
  • “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: The Videofreex, the Black Panther Party, and the Politics of New Media.”
  • “‘Design by Wholesale’: Darwinism as ‘the Calvinistic Interpretation of Nature.’”

Exhibits

2018 The Mind’s Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image, Beckman Room, California Institute of Technology.
2017 “Throop’s Superlative Opportunity”: The Story of the Gates Laboratory of Chemistry and Building a Chemistry Division, with Jennifer Torres-Siders, Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration, California Institute of Technology.

Honors

2013 John C. Burnham Early Career Award, Forum for History of Human Science.
2012 Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences.
2007 Comfort Starr Prize in History, Oberlin College.
Highest Honors in History, Oberlin College.

Grants and Fellowships

2019 Processing/Cataloging Assistance Grant ($10,000), California State Library.
2017 Grant to Archives ($10,000), American Institute of Physics.
2016, 2017 Researcher Residency, Signal Culture. Awarded twice.
2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Humanities ($141,274), University of Southern California.
2014–2015 Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence ($6000), University of Pennsylvania.
2012 Teece Dissertation Research Fellowship ($9500), University of Pennsylvania.
2011 MIT Press Travel Award ($500), Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society.
2009–2012 Graduate Research Fellowship ($122,500), National Science Foundation.
2009 Pottruck Graduate Presidential Prize Fellowship ($4000), University of Pennsylvania.
2008–2013 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship ($258,300), University of Pennsylvania.
2006 Jerome Davis Research Award ($450), Oberlin College.
Leroy S. Heck Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Oberlin College.
2003 National Merit Scholarship.

Invited Seminars

2017 “Collections and Projects of the Caltech Archives.”
American Philosophical Society. October 30.
“Noosphere to Videosphere: Evolutionary Panpsychism from Henri Bergson to Media Art.”
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium, University of California, Los Angeles. May 8.
“Infolding the Self: System and Narcissism from Video Therapy to Video Art.”
History of Science Seminar, University of California, Santa Barbara. February 7.
2015 “Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology.”
History and Social Studies of Medicine Research Forum, University of California, Los Angeles. December 11.

Conference Activity

Invited Presentations

2019 “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Consciousness and Digitization in the History of Video.”
Rewind and Hit Play, University of California, Los Angeles. April 6.
2018 “Infolding the Self: System and Narcissism from Video Therapy to Video Art.”
50 Years of Video: Vom Portapak zu Instagram, Kunsthochschule Mainz. November 13.
“The Caltech Archives as Modern Wunderkammer.”
LASER Pasadena: Wunderkammer, ArtCenter College of Design. November 5.
2017 “Soul on Tape: Video, Ethereality, and Spirit.”
Pious Technologies and Secular Designs, Columbia University. October 13.
2016 “Video Synthesizers, Consciousness, and Computing at the Fringe of Analog and Digital.”
Mistakes Were Made 2.0: Computer History Decompiled, New York University. April 15.

Submitted Presentations

2019 “Scanimate: Engineering Commercial Art.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Milan. October 26.
2018 “The ArchivesSpace Public User Interface as a Navigation Tool for Digital Repositories.”
ArchivesSpace SoCal Regional Forum, University of California, Irvine. June 28.
2017 “Ampex, Magnetic Recording, and the Continuity of Photographic and Informatic Media.”
Photography and Information Technology, Université de Lausanne. November 16.
“Democratizing Maintenance with The Spaghetti City Video Manual.”
The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders, Stevens Institute of Technology. April 7.
“‘Our Best Machines Are Made of Sunshine’: Magnetic Recording and the History of Consciousness.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago. March 25.
2016 “Psychedelics and Technical Creativity in Cold War California.”
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 6.
2015 “Visual Anthropology and the Transition from Film to Video.”
Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Denver. November 13.
Infolding the Self: From Video Therapy to Video Art.”
Re-Create Emerging Researchers’ Symposium, Université du Québec à Montréal. November 4.
DH, SIGCIS and SHOT: The Place of the History of Technology, Information, and Computers in the Burgeoning Field of Digital Humanities.”
SIGCIS Workshop 2015: Infrastructures, Albuquerque. October 11.
“Engineering Video Art: Collaboration and Professional Identity.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque. October 10.
“Scanimate: Analog and Digital as Engineering Paradigms.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montreal. March 25.
2014 “Bergsonian Science: Creative Evolution in the Twentieth Century.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago. November 6.
“From Visual Anthropology to Video Therapy.”
Cheiron Annual Meeting, Hood College. June 20.
“Infolding the Self: From Visual Anthropology to Video Therapy.”
First Annual Conference on the History of Recent Social Science, École normale supérieure de Cachan. June 14.
The Cultural Portability of Early Video.”
Transgressing Media: Critical Themes in Media Studies, New School. April 6.
2013 “Digitizing Video: Synthesis, Computerization, and Experimental Art.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine. October 11.
“California Video and Global Networks.”
In-n-Out California: Circulating Things and the Globalization of the West Coast, University of California, Berkeley. September 5.
“Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology.”
American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Emory University. May 19.
“Another Media Ecology: Environmentalism and Experimental Video.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago. March 10.
“Art and Access: Institutions of Experimental Video in the 1970s.”
Expanding Cinema: Spatial Dimensions of Film Exhibition, Aesthetics, and Theory, Yale University. February 16.
2012 “Guerrilla Television: New York Origins of Experimental Video.”
Researching New York: Perspectives on Empire State History, State University of New York at Albany. November 16.
“Infolding the Self: Video Feedback in Cybernetic Art and Psychiatry.”
Joint Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. October 20.
“Race Relationships: Professional and Personal Histories of the Race Concept.”
Joint Meeting of the History of Science Society, British Society for the History of Science, and Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania. July 12.
“Guerrilla Television and Media Revolution.”
The State and the Fourth Estate: Media in American History, Boston University. March 25.
2011 Computing, Video, and Radical Software.”
SIGCIS Workshop 2011: Cultures and Communities in the History of Computing, Cleveland. November 6.
“Cybernetics and the Human Sciences in the Counterculture.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Cleveland. November 4.
“‘Design by Wholesale’: Darwinism as ‘the Calvinistic Interpretation of Nature.’”
Science and Religion in America: The 2011 American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Princeton University. September 24.
“Virtual Revolutions.”
Virtual Histories: 11th Annual Graduate Humanities Forum Conference, University of Pennsylvania. February 18.
2010 “Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting, Milwaukee. October 31.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Tacoma. October 2.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
k(NO)w tomorrow: Contradictions of Imagining the Future, George Mason University. September 25.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
STS Graduate Student Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. February 20.
2009 “Naturalizing Calvinism: The Darwinism and Anti-Evolutionism of George Frederick Wright.”
150 Years After Origin: Biological, Historical, and Philosophical Perspectives, University of Toronto. November 24.
“Race Relations: Montagu, Dobzhansky, Coon, and the Divergence of Race Concepts.”
Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology, Drew University. April 4.
“George Frederick Wright and the Evolving Harmony of Science and Revelation.”
Evolution and Religion: Towards a History of an Evolving Relationship, Clemson University. February 13.

Discussant

2017 Doctoral student presentations.
Photography and Information Technology, Université de Lausanne. November 17.
Patricio del Real, “Poetics of Architecture as Theology of Earthly Realities: The Secular Pedagogy of the Valparaiso School.”
Pious Technologies and Secular Designs, Columbia University. October 14.
2016 “Abacuses, Newspapers, and First Dates: Scientific and Scientistic Applications of Computing in the Twentieth Century.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 4.
2013 “Gaming the History of Technology.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine. October 12.

Session Organizer

2017 “Digital Materialities.”
University of Southern California. April 14.
2016 “Modes of Creativity in Psychedelic Research.”
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 6.
2012 “Cybernetic Technologies of the Self.”
Joint Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Copenhagen Business School. October 20.
“The Social Origins of Personal Computing.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Copenhagen Business School. October 5.
“Egalitarianism and Popular Science: The American Anthropology of Ashley Montagu.”
Joint Meeting of the History of Science Society, British Society for the History of Science, and Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania. July 12.

Campus Talks

California Institute of Technology

2019 Copernicus to Feynman: Paper and Print in the Caltech Archives from 1500 to Present.”
Alumni Association Webinar. April 11.

University of Southern California

2019 “Browse and Search of Digitized Manuscripts.”
Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop. April 26.
2018 “From Oscillation to Simulation: Modeling, Analogy, and the Video Synthesizer.”
Digital Humanities Symposium. April 18.
“Publishing Digitized Manuscript Collections: Navigation and Copyright in the Caltech Archives.”
Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop: Thinking through the Archives. April 13.
2017 “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: The Videofreex, the Black Panther Party, and the Politics of New Media.”
ZdC: Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Association Colloquium. February 24.
Discussant for Estelle Blaschke, “‘We May Go Down in History as a Film Age’: The Rise and Imaginary of Microfilm.”
USC-LACMA History of Photography Seminar. January 19.
2016 “Thresholds for Epistemological Change.”
Conversations Across the Humanities: Epistemological Thresholds. November 18.
2015 “Consciousness and Digitization in Video History.”
Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop. October 29.
“The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s.”
Visual Studies Research Institute Seminar. October 28.

University of Pennsylvania

2015 “Ethics and Social Responsibility for Engineers and Computer Scientists.”
Responsible Conduct in Research Training Workshop. April 11.
2012 ‘Wipe Cycle’: Feedback and Experimental Video.”
60 Second Slam. May 12.
“Roots of Countercultural Technophilia.”
History and Philosophy of Science Working Group Spring Workshop. May 3.
“Databasing Historical Correspondence.”
THATCamp@Penn. April 25.
“Cybernetic Utopianism: The Politics of Experimental Video.”
Workshop in History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine. January 30.
2011 “Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
Art of Research Graduate Symposium. May 4.

Teaching

University of Southern California

University of Pennsylvania

Institutional Service

2019– Outreach Working Group, ARKs in the Open Project, California Digital Library and DuraSpace.
Working Group on Institutional Membership, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.
2018– Committee on Libraries and Archives, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

California Institute of Technology

2017– Administrative Committee on Institute Art.
2018–2019 University Librarian Search Committee.

Oberlin College

2006–2007 Educational Technology Committee.
2005–2006 Curricular Pathways Strategic Plan Working Group.
Student Senate.

Publications

2019– Newsletter Committee, Archival Elements, Science, Technology and Health Care Section, Society of American Archivists.
2015– Managing Editor and Web Administrator, History of Anthropology Newsletter.
2010–2014 Assistant Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter.
2007–2008 Senior Developer, Everything2.
2006–2007 Reporter, Oberlin Review.

Cooperatives

2009–2015 Board of Delegates, Mariposa Food Co-op.
2006–2007 Board of Directors, Oberlin Student Cooperative Association.

Predoctoral Work Experience

2014–2015 Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania.
2011–2014 Historical Research Consultant, Haigh Group.
2002–2008 Software and Web Development Consultant.
2006–2007 Camps and Classes Specialist, Great Lakes Science Center.
2005–2007 Writing Associate, Writing Center, Oberlin College.
2004–2005 Archives Assistant, Archives, Oberlin College.
2000–2005 Demonstrator, Great Lakes Science Center.

Professional Affiliations

2019– American Library Association.
2017– Society of American Archivists.
Society of California Archivists.
Los Angeles Archivists Collective.
2010– Society for the History of Technology.
2008– History of Science Society.
2012–2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Software Proficiency