Welcome to NCAR Archives

The Archives seeks to preserve the institutional memory of UCAR/NCAR/UCP. The Archives acquires, processes, manages, and makes accessible to staff and researchers high quality information resources documenting the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by UCAR/NCAR/UCP in the areas of research, technology, education, and community building.

Use the NCAR Archives to:

  • Study how atmospheric science has changed over time
  • Learn about the history of NCAR
  • Research the unique architecture of the Mesa Laboratory 
  • Explore past field projects and scientific studies

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. The plane was used in the Cooperative Convective Precipitation Experiment, or CCOPE, a major field research experiment to study the processes that create convective clouds, rain, hail and high winds over the High Plains of the United States.  The NCAR Archives recently processed the CCOPE Records and these materials are available for research.

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Kate Legg, Archives & Digital Collections Librarian

Visit the Archives

The NCAR Archives are open year round, Monday through Thursday, from 8:30-4:00. The archivist offers reference and information services for all users.  If you would like to visit the Archives, please contact us 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment.

The Archives are located at the Mesa Lab in Boulder, CO. View directions and a map.