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Celebrating 50 Years at the Mesa Lab

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Mesa Laboratory in Boulder. Since the dedication on May 9th and 10th, 1967, the striking building has become a feature of Boulder’s landscape, and it has been home to numerous groundbreaking studies, programs, and projects in atmospheric science, educational activities and events, public galleries, and the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail.

Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, here's a press release from the archives detailing how NCAR participated in the first ever Earth Day celebration in 1970. 

There is more about Earth Day at NCAR in the collections in OpenSky.


New and improved access to digital collections!

Screen shot of the new OpenSkyFor several months the NCAR Library and Archives have been working to migrate our digital repository to a new system. The NCAR Archives digital collections are now available--new and improved! With more powerful searching capabilities, an easier to browse format, and built-in players and viewers,  you are sure to find what you need and perhaps something new as well.

T-28 Aircraft and CCOPE

T-28 Aircraft on runwayThis historic photo from the UCAR Communications photo collection depicts the T-28.  The T-28, once used as a military aircraft, is armor plated, which enabled it to fly deep into the hail-bearing regions of thunderstorms and record a wide variety of atmospheric information.

Kuettner Papers now available

Joach Kuettner during WWII standing next to aircraftThe Joachim P. Kuettner Papers are now available for research and study. An eminent researcher, administrator, field-project leader, and glider pilot, Dr.

Personal Digital Archiving

Cover of electronic publication, Perspectives on Personal Digital ArchivingHave you ever found a box of family photos and letters in a grandparent's attic or in a parent's garage?  What will our grandchildren and beyond find that tells them the story of our lives?  In the 21st century, our memories often exist on hard drives as digital photographs or corresponsdence in an email account.  Our personal archives exist

Did you know?

The month of September marks the anniversary of NCAR's move into the Mesa Laboratory.  46 years ago on September 19, 1966, NCAR began a six-week move into its new headquarters, the Mesa Laboratory, from a collection of rented offices off of 30th Street in Boulder.  An early press release announced the move to the public, declaring that "moving a scientific research center is not quite as simple as moving the average household or business establishment."

New Digital Collection: GATE

The Archives has recently made digitized selections from the GATE Records available online. GATE, or the GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment, was a large and complex international scientific experiment designed to gain an increased understanding of the atmosphere and causes of climatic variation and change.

New Online Exhibit

The Design and Construction of the Mesa Laboratory

In honor of UCAR/NCAR's 50th Anniversary, the NCAR Archives has digitized documents, photographs, oral histories, and historic film footage from its collections that document the beginnings of NCAR and the building of the unique Mesa Laboratory.  Come explore this new online exhibit!

Joach Kuettner Celebrates 101st Year

Renaissance man of meteorology, Dr. Joachim Kuettner, celebrates his 101st birthday on September 21, 2010. 

His amazing life is being chronicled in part on a new website.

At the 2010 January American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, a Symposium was held in Joach’s honor.  Symposium presentations are now available on Joach’s website on the first link under the Timeline of Accomplishments and Achievements. 

Happy 101st birthday, Joach!


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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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