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Charles F. Richter Papers

Identifier: RichterCF

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The Charles Richter papers include personal and professional correspondence, unpublished talks, class and lecture notes, technical notes and data, Caltech Seismology laboratory material, and reprints.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.


  • 1839-1984


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.

Guide to the Charles F. Richter Papers
Caltech Archives Staff
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Updated by Penelope Neder-Muro and Peter Sachs Collopy, 2021

Repository Details

Part of the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections Repository

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