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NCAR Celebrates 50 Years!

Construction of NCAR's Mesa Laboratory, 1966

Records Management: UPDATE

At their April meeting, the President's Council unanimously agreed that the necessary steps must be taken to expedite the process of removing all boxes from Iron Mountain storage that are not contractually required records.  Effective immediately, we will implement the following timeline:

Destruction
The first step is to decide what boxes currently stored at Iron Mountain by your Division or Lab can be destroyed and email this list to Yvonne Mondragon by 7/31/10. These boxes will be destroyed immediately at no expense to you.

Archives 101: Knowing which documents to retrieve from where doesn't matter if the records become unusable!

During the month of April the NCAR Archives will be offering a glimpse of what an archivist does behind the scenes with boxes of records. Check back often for new posts!

Archives 101: Description of Your Arrangement is Very Useful!

During the month of April the NCAR Archives will be offering a glimpse of what an archivist does behind the scenes with boxes of records. Check back often for new posts!

Archives 101: To Sort or Not to Sort?

During the month of April the NCAR Archives will be offering a glimpse of what an archivist does behind the scenes with boxes of records. Check back often for new posts!

Arrangement

To sort or not to sort . . that is the question!  Do you preserve original order of the papers, or rearrange everything so as to bring order out of chaos?.  Well, that depends on what you have.  If your box of papers contains neat file folders according to an existing filing system, then the best advice is not to disturb the arrangement.

Archives 101: So You Have a Box of Papers

During the month of April the NCAR Archives will be offering a glimpse of what an archivist does behind the scenes with boxes of records. Check back often for new posts!

Identification

So you have a box of papers . . . Then the first order of business is to identify what they are. Detective skills are handy!  Archives are the records of long-term value from a public office or private organization. Manuscripts are the personal letters, diaries, and other papers commonly kept by an individual or family.

Warren Washington Symposium at AMS

At the January meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta, speakers honored Dr.

Help! I have boxes I need out of my office and sent to storage. What do I do?

We are working to reduce the cost of off-site storage by closely scrutinizing what we send to Iron Mountain.  Please review the Finance and Administration retention schedule to determine if the records you would like to store are covered by that retention schedule. Finance and Administration is responsible for maintaining the official record. Convenience records (or copies of official records) do not need to be kept by offices and divisions.

What Can I Send to the Archives?

The Archives is pleased to announce a new collecting policy to help staff determine what types of materials should be kept for permanent retention as part of UCAR/NCAR's historical record. View the new policy.

I.M. Pei and the Mesa Lab

An early drawing by I.M. Pei of his concept for the Mesa LaboratoryAn early drawing by I.M. Pei of his concept for the Mesa Laboratory.
"Well, it is 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. Somehow that was possible." --Excerpted from an oral history interview with I.M. Pei

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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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