UCAR's and NCAR's Beginnings


 

 

 

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The beginnings of NCAR and UCAR are detailed in this digital collection of unique materials. There are more than 60 original documents created during the infancy of UCAR and NCAR, including correspondence and official meeting minutes.


 

Following a report issued by the National Research Council in 1958 about the lack of research performed on the earth's atmosphere, the science community decided to establish a national institute devoted to atmospheric sciences. In February of that year, the first meeting to establish the institute (originally called the National Institute of Atmospheric Research) took place, during which the University Committee on Atmospheric Research (UCAR, now the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) was appointed to oversee the process. 


 

Over a period of several years, UCAR secured funding from the National Science Foundation, as well as the interest and involvement of multiple universities, selected a site for the facility in Boulder, Colorado, and appointed leaders for the institute. By 1960, the institute (by then called the National Center for Atmospheric Research) began operations, though UCAR's work was not complete. UCAR continued to call regular meetings to discuss the leadership of NCAR and its long-term plans. 

The UCAR's Beginnings digital collection contains more than 60 original documents created during the infancy of UCAR and NCAR, including important correspondence and official meeting minutes.