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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. 

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.

Happy Holidays

Children and Santa at a Christmas party in 1956Happy Holidays from the NCAR Archives!

See more historic photographs in OpenSky, the NCAR Library's digital repository.

(Photograph caption: High Altitude Observatory Christmas Party, 1956). 

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.

1970 Eclipse Expedition

Photograph from 1970 eclipse expeditionThis historic photo from the UCAR Communications photo collection was taken on a High Altitude Observatory (HAO) expedition to San Carlos Yautapec, Mexico to view an eclipse in 1970.  The UCAR Communications photo collection is a rich source of NCAR and UCAR history and the NCAR Archives works in partnership with UCAR Communications to preserve this unique collection for generations to come.

Balloon launch at the Mesa Lab

Scientific balloon being inflated at the Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado This historic photo from the UCAR Communications photo collection depicts a scientific balloon launch at the Mesa Laboratory in Boulder, CO, circa 1970s.  The UCAR Communications photo collection is a rich source of NCAR and UCAR history and the NCAR Archives works in partnership with UCAR Communications to preserve this unique collection for generations to come.

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

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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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