Finding Aid for the Great 1961 Rose Bowl Hoax Records 1959-2014, bulk 1960-1961

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Caltech Archives
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Blvd.
Mail Code 015A-74
Pasadena, CA 91125
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Great 1961 Rose Bowl Hoax Records
Date (inclusive): 1959-2014, bulk 1960-1961
Collection number: 10279-MS
Extent: 1 box; 2.5 linear inches
Repository: California Institute of Technology. Caltech Archives
Pasadena, California 91125
Abstract: A small collection of historical photographs and artifacts from the 1961 Rose Bowl hoax pulled off by a group of Caltech undergraduate students, who changed three of the University of Washington card stunts. The documents reveal the full story of how the prank was carried out before a national television audience, during the scheduled half-time at Pasadena's annual Rose Bowl football game.
Physical location: Archives, California Institute of Technology.
Languages represented in the collection: English


The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.

Publication Rights

Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Caltech Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and, unless explicitly stated otherwise, is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Great 1961 Rose Bowl Hoax Records, 10279-MS, Caltech Archives, California Institute of Technology.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence and documents 2013-2014

Box 1, Folder 2

Lee Mohlo's Physics laboratory notebook 1959-1960

Box 1, Folder 3

Completion list, schedule documents and instruction cards 1960-1961

Box 1, Folder 4

Newsclippings and EandS magazine 1961

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs and negatives 1960, December 31-1961, January 1

Physical Description: Includes 3 CDs and a slide. Negatives are 35 mm.


Negatives taken by Lee Molho during the making of the card stunt.