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Send Your Photos and Stories to Help Document COVID-19 at NCAR/UCAR

The NCAR Archives invites you to contribute photos and stories that demonstrate how you are experiencing the current COVID-19 situation. We are interested in how it has impacted your work and your experiences as part of this community. You can: upload pictures of yourself, your workspace, your current projects and how you have adapted them; your video meetings, documents, anecdotes, or anything else that expresses how and what you are doing now. Your creativity is welcomed!

Submitted materials will be added to a collection in the NCAR Archives and may be used in future historical research, or shared in exhibits and online collections. Thank you for adding to our recorded history of this unique moment.

Available for online assistance during closure

Please reach out to the archivist at for research assistance or to transfer electronic records to the archives. We will not be able to fill any digitization orders at this time, but can assist with research questions and digital materials. 

New Pop-Up Exhibit at the Mesa Lab Library

Stop by the Mesa Lab library to see "World Leaders Visit NCAR," a new pop-up exhibit featuring photos, articles, and memorabilia from VIP visits to NCAR! The exhibit includes items from Margaret Thatcher's 1990 visit, as well as visits from Ban Ki-moon and Tsai Ing-wen.  


Walter Orr Roberts materials now online!

For the first time, many materials from Walter Orr Roberts' archives are available online. Roberts served as the first director and president of NCAR/UCAR and established the Department of Astrogeophysics at the University of Colorado. Because of his close ties to both NCAR and CU, some of Roberts' archival materials are housed at each institution.

Remembering I.M. Pei

Renowned architect I.M. Pei passed away this week at the age of 102. A master of Modernist architecture, Pei designed NCAR's Mesa Laboratory which was completed in 1967. In this archival interview from 1985, Pei discusses his process for developing the design of the Mesa Lab:

New Collection Spotlight

The Research Applications Laboratory (RAL) Records collection is now available for research in the Archives! The collection consists of photographs, audiovisual material, reports, correspondence, and research materials relating to RAL's work in the areas of aviation safety, cloud seeding, climate change adaptation, as well as many others. The complete inventory and description is available here.

New Exhibit in the Mesa Lab Library

The new exhibit in the Mesa Lab library, T-Shirts From the Field, features a selection of field project t-shirts from the NCAR Archives.

Instruments from the NCAR Archives featured in exhibit at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

The variable width slit jet impactor, developed at NCAR for Project DUSTORM in the the 1970s, is one of the instruments featured in the Stories from Colorado Skies exhibit at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. The exhibit highlights important aspects of Colorado's aviation history including scientific research and Flight for Life.

#AskAnArchivist Day

October is American Archives Month, and the celebrations will kick off this year with Ask An Archivist Day on October 4th. Archivists across the country will be fielding questions all day on Twitter using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. If you have a burning question about archives, this is your opportunity to ask a community of archivists!

Have you ever wondered if you should donate your records to an archive?

Why you need to wear white gloves when handling photographs?

How you should protect your photos and records?

50th Anniversary Exhibit

The NCAR Archives' new exhibit, "Celebrating 50 years at the Mesa Laboratory," is now open! The exhibit will run through December 2017 and is located in the Library at the Mesa Lab. During the official Mesa Lab anniversary celebrations in August, the exhibit will move temporarily down to the lobby of the Mesa Lab. Please stop by the exhibit to see artifacts, documents, and photographs from the design, construction, and dedication of the Mesa Lab as well as highlights from its 50-year history. 


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.