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Don't Forget . . . . . . .

Now that the 2013 AMS Annual Meeting has ended don’t forget to submit your presentations, posters, abstracts and extended abstracts summarizing posters to the OpenSky repository. Once submitted, your scholarly work will be preserved and freely accessible to the global community. If you have any questions regarding the process or what to submit please contact OpenSky.

Queen Air above NCAR

Queen Air flies over NCAR

The photo depicts the NCAR research aircraft, the Queen Air, above the Mesa Laboratory in Boulder in 1974. The plane was used in several scientific experiments. This and other photos have recently been digitized, check them out as part of the GATE digital collection.

Beginnings of UCAR

Photograph of 1959 meeting of UCAR trusteesEvery October marks the UCAR Members meeting and in honor of this year's annual meeting, the Archives is pleased to announce a new digital collection that traces the beginnings of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and ultimately the genesis of the National Cen

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."

A Night with Warren Washington

Warren Washington was recently interviewed by Dr. Ralph Cicerone at the National Academy of Sciences. Look for this inteview on PBS this fall. In the meantime, explore Dr. Washington's career through his archival collection and online special collection.

We have a YouTube channel!

Come check out some of our cool old films on YouTube! Our volunteer, Chris, is busy reformatting our 16mm film collection and there are some gems!  Like this one, "Our Sun in Action" from 1956. If you like this sun film, take a look at the High Altitude Observatory collection.

New digital collection: The High Altitude Observatory

The NCAR Archives is happy to announce we have created a new digital collection documenting the High Altitude Observatory.  Come browse the collection of old newsletters from the Climax Observatory as well as historic photographs.  Don't forget to check out our holdings from the High Altitude Observatory, representing the oldest and one

Winter Wonderland

Climax Molybdenum Mine, near site of the Climax Observatory, circa 1950s. (High Altitude Observatory (HAO) Records, NCAR Archives)

October 6th is Digital Archives Day

October 6th is the first annual Digital Archives Day!  Digital archives increasingly store born-digital materials. Born-digital means anything that was originally created on an electronic device. Think about photos you take with your digital camera or phone, documents you type up in Microsoft Word, email you send from your Web mail account, and even your Facebook posts or Twitter tweets.  The NCAR Archives also collects born-digital archival content, preserving this content for future generations as part of the documentary record of NCAR/UCAR. 

New Exhibit on I.M. Pei & Mesa Laboratory

Did you know that a well-know composer wrote a song just for the dedication of NCAR's Mesa Laboratory?  Or that architect I.M. Pei wandered the Mesa reflecting on whether or not it was possible "to relate with nature without having [to] somehow worry about that incredibly large scale which we have to deal with, like the Rocky Mountains, like the sky?"  A new exhibit in the Damon Room takes a look at I.M. Pei and the Mesa Lab, featuring items from the Archives. Stop by and check it out!


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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