NCAR Archives

The NCAR Archives provides access to digitized historical documents and photographs from the permanent collections that document the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by NCAR/UCAR in the areas of research, technology, education, and community building. These digital collections represent only a selection of our archival holdings, contact us for more information.


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 Annual Reports
Annual Reports
These reports document NCAR's continuing efforts to understand the earth's atmosphere, oceans, and sun through research and facility support in the atmospheric and related sciences. They address both ongoing research activities and new initiatives undertaken by NCAR's labs and divisions. The annual report was known as the Annual Scientific Report (ASR) in earlier years, and later became known as the NCAR Annual Report (NAR). These reports are part of the NCAR and UCAR Publications Collection in the NCAR Archives.
American Meteorological Society Oral History Project
American Meteorological Society Oral History Project
The American Meteorological Society Oral History Project was created as a joint program between the American Meteorological Society and UCAR and aims to capture the history of the atmospheric sciences as told by the researchers, scientists, administrators and others working in the field. The collection of interviews is especially rich in conversations which capture the memories of those scientists who launched much of the innovative atmospheric and meteorological research in postwar America.
Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD) Records
Atmospheric Technology Division (ATD) Records
The ATD digital collection consists of several publications, including Atmospheric Technology, Facilities for Atmospheric Research, ATD Observer, and Research Aviation Facility Bulletins-- all rich resources for researching the history of scientific ballooning, research aviation, computing, and field observing facilities and field projects. The digital collection also includes select correspondence and photographs of ATD staff.
First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) Records
First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) Records
The First GARP Global Experiment (FGGE) was an intensive period of meteorological observations that took place in 1978-1979. The FGGE digital collection consists of a handful of newsletters from the multinational project.
GATE Records
GATE Records
The GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment (GATE) was a large and complex international scientific experiment designed to gain an increased understanding of the atmosphere and causes of climatic variation and change. GATE sought to learn how cloud clusters in the tropic transformed and redistributed energy within the atmosphere, knowledge that was needed for the development of numerical models for long-range weather prediction and for assessing the long-term effects of pollutants on the atmosphere. The GATE digital collection includes GATE bulletins and selected correspondence, mission reports, press kits, and photographs.
Geophysical Turbulence Program Records
Geophysical Turbulence Program Records
The Geophysical Turbulence Program (GTP) is a formal NCAR-wide activity with more than forty members. The broad goal of GTP is to promote research, education and awareness of geophysical turbulence at NCAR and in the scientific community. This collection contains abstracts and presentations from three GTP-sponsored workshops as well as seminar flyers and minutes from annual meetings.
High Altitude Observatory (HAO) Records
High Altitude Observatory (HAO) Records
The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) is a lab within NCAR that conducts fundamental and applied research in solar-terrestrial physics. The HAO digital collection consists of the newsletters and photographs, as well as the Solar Research Memorandum series, a collection of unpublished scholarly works by early HAO scientists.
Historic UCAR Records
Historic UCAR Records
These papers document the earliest days of UCAR/NCAR history. Digitized records reveal the details of forming the National Center for Atmospheric Research, its governance in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and its relationship to the National Science Foundation. The collection includes the minutes of the first UCAR Board meetings and correspondence between key players in the institution's history, such as Horace Byers, Henry Houghton, Walter Orr Roberts, and others.
History of the Mesa Lab
History of the Mesa Lab
This collection includes correspondence, memos, design specifications, and budgets related to the design and construction of the Mesa Laboratory. Materials document the site selection committee, selection of an architect, bidding process for contractors, internal discussions on design and space allocation, interior design, and the dedication ceremony.
IPCC Collection
IPCC Collection
This collection consists of the personal papers of UCAR/NCAR scientists who served as Lead Authors, Co-Authors, and Contributing Authors to the Climate Change 2007 - The Physical Science Basis, the contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Materials include articles, calendars, chapter drafts, correspondence, powerpoint presentations, notes, and photographs. This is not an official archive of the IPCC; rather it is a collection of items voluntarlly donated to the NCAR Archives by UCAR/NCAR scientists interested in preserving the historic record of climate science.
Information Releases
Information Releases
Browse decades of NCAR history as told through press releases and correspondence. The history of UCAR/NCAR staff, research, field projects, scientific breakthroughs, and buildings are detailed in the collection.
Joachim Kuettner Papers
Joachim Kuettner Papers
The Joachim Kuettner Papers includes photographs from GATE and a slideshow documenting Dr. Kuettner's life and scientific achievements.

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