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Geneticist Edward B. Lewis
with Drosophila, 1960. Photo ID 10.24-181
The Caltech Archives are housed in a modern facility in the heart of the Caltech campus. Our reading room provides a small number of research stations, a browsing and reference library, and a small display space. We are open on weekdays only. Qualified outside researchers may apply for an appointment. For detailed visiting information, hours and directions visit our Access and Use page
The Beckman Room
The Archives also maintains the Beckman Room, an exhibit devoted in large part to Arnold O. Beckman (1900-2004), chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1964-1974, and Caltech alumnus (PhD, chemistry, 1928). A portion of the exhibit is updated at intervals to address current projects and events associated with chemistry and biology initiatives at Caltech.
As of March 2018, the Beckman Room will be closed for renovation. New opening hours will be posted later in May.
The Reading Room
Currently on display is "The Year 1900: Looking Back from the Millennium," a display of photos and artifacts from Caltech's predecessor institution, Throop (pronounced T-R-O-O-P) Polytechnic Institute.
A prior Reading Room exhibit "Scientific Instruments Ancient and Modern" may be viewed online.