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

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. Events will be held in August to commemorate the anniversary, but to learn more about the history of the Mesa Laboratory, browse through the digital collection or visit the online exhibit.

 View of the Flatirons from the Mesa Lab exit onto the Walter Orr Roberts Weather Trail.   Interior view of the Mesa Laboratory lobby showing visitors and exhibit areas.   Photograph showing a portion of the building's exterior

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Visits to the NCAR Archives are by appointment only. If you would like to come to the Archives, please contact us to schedule an appointment.

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