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The NCAR Archives provides access to digitized historical documents and photographs from the permanent collections that document the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by NCAR/UCAR in the areas of research, technology,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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UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection
UCAR/NCAR Oral History Collection
The NCAR/UCAR Oral History Project documents the history of NCAR/UCAR through interviews, recorded discussions, and lectures by staff and others. The project has a strong focus on the creation and development of NCAR as well as the design and construction of the Mesa Laboratory by I.M. Pei, early in the Center's history.
UNIDATA Records
UNIDATA Records
The Unidata Program helps researchers and educators acquire and use earth-related data. This digital collection consists of Unidata's newsletters from the Program's creation in 1984 to 1999.
Vincent Lally Papers
Vincent Lally Papers
The Vincent E. Lally digital collection highlights over thirty years of Lally's research using high-altitude balloons in the atmospheric sciences. The collection includes photographs depicting balloon launches and equipment, correspondence, notes, and oral history.
Walter Orr Roberts Collection
Walter Orr Roberts Collection
This collection consists of writings and photographs created by NCAR's first Director, Walter Orr Roberts. Writings include Dr. Roberts' informal series called "Provocations," short essays posing provocative comments related to scientific issues that mostly focus on weather, climate, the sun, or near space. Photographs include images from his 1960s trips to Sweden, Denmark, and the then-U.S.S.R.
Warren Washington Papers
Warren Washington Papers
The Warren M. Washington digital collection highlights his scientific, professional, and advisory activities, as well as his significant contributions to diversity issues, particularly the enhancement of opportunities for people of color in science. The digital collection includes photographs, video, and documents.

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