Charles F. Richter Papers
Scope and Contents
The Charles Richter papers include personal and professional correspondence, unpublished talks, class and lecture notes, technical notes and data, Caltech Seismology laboratory material, and reprints. The supplement from 2000 includes diplomas, a diary (1960), Richter's science fiction collection, and miscellaneous documents donated by Clarence Allen, that were integrated into the collection.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. Contact the Caltech Archives to make an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. Contact the Archives for more information.
Biographical / Historical
Charles Richter was a Seismologist and Professor of Seismology at California Institute of Technology from 1937-1970. He was known internationally for developing (with Beno Gutenberg) the Gutenberg-Richter law and for research on seismic regionalization. Richter also created the Earthquake Magnitude Scale, known as the Richter Scale.
15 linear feet (37 boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Charles F. Richter collection came to the Caltech Archives in 1977, 1984, and 1986 as gifts of Charles Richter, the Seismology Laboratory and the Division of Geology and Planetary Sciences.
- California Institute of Technology -- Alumni and alumnae Subject Source: Local sources
- Earthquakes Subject Source: Local sources
- Geology Subject Source: Local sources
- Manuscript Collection Subject Source: Local sources
- Seismology Subject Source: Local sources
- Guide to the Charles F. Richter Papers
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- Updated by Penelope Neder-Muro and Peter Sachs Collopy, 2021