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The NCAR Archives preserves the institutional history of NCAR|UCAR. The Archives acquires, manages, makes accessible unique information resources documenting the broad spectrum of activities undertaken by NCAR|UCAR in the areas of Earth systems science research and technology as well as 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
The variable width slit jet impactor, developed at NCAR for Project DUSTORM in the the 1970s, is one of the instruments featured in the Stories from Colorado Skies exhibit at Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver. The exhibit highlights important aspects of Colorado's aviation history including scientific research and Flight for Life. Learn more about the exhibit here.
To learn more about Project DUSTORM, visit the NCAR Archives collections in OpenSky.

A farmer and his son, residents of rural Missouri, collected hailstones in the spring of 1975 for Project Dustorm, a collaborative project to examine thunderstorms and hail formation.

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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.