The purpose of the NCAR Archives is to collect, preserve, and share the history of NCAR/UCAR through documents, photos, interviews, websites, and other records. The NCAR Archives serves as the main source of information and resources related to NCAR's history. The Archives is part of the NCAR Library and was established in 1984 following recommendations from the AIP Center for History of Physics and after staff became interested in preserving institutional memory during preparations for NCAR's 25th Anniversary celebration.

We collect materials that document the mission and work of NCAR/UCAR in the following areas:

  • Scientific research

  • Support functions that facilitate research

  • Supercomputing

  • Effects of weather and climate on society

  • Contributions to the field of science

  • Education and training services

  • Outreach and community building

  • Using science for the betterment of humankind and society

  • Administrative records that document the above activities

  • The personal and professional papers of some scientists, engineers, administrators, and program staff

For more information on contributing material to the Archives, please visit the page on transferring records or contact us.


The NCAR Archives is open by appointment Monday-Thursday, from 10:00-4:00 (holidays excluded). We offer reference, information, and scanning services for all users via in-person appointments and email/remote requests. If you would like to visit the Archives, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment to ensure availability of staff and resources. Due to the unique nature of archival materials, documents and records in the Archives cannot be loaned out.



  • Research assistance: contact the archivist for help with locating or viewing historical records

  • Scanning: we can provide scans or copies of archival materials for research or publication

  • Digitization: we will work with you to include historical materials in the Archives' digital collections in OpenSky

  • Rights: assist with questions about copyright and permission to publish archival materials

  • Transfers/donations: we will work with you to determine which records should be sent to the Archives, or help with a donation of materials

  • Websites: if you are taking down web content, we can preserve a copy in the web archives before you remove content

  • Oral histories: tell us your story about NCAR, or learn about NCAR history from the interview collections



We welcome donations that fall within our collecting scope.

For more information on using the NCAR Archives:

Frequently Asked Questions

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NCAR Archives Mission

The NCAR Archives preserves the institutional history of NCAR|UCAR. The Archives acquires, manages, makes accessible resources documenting the activities undertaken by NCAR|UCAR in the areas of Earth systems science research, technology, education, and community building.

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Visits to the NCAR Archives are by appointment only. If you would like to come to the Archives, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

The Archives are located at the Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO. View directions and a map.