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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

October is American Archives Month, and the celebrations will kick off this year with Ask An Archivist Day on October 4th. Archivists across the country will be fielding questions all day on Twitter using the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. If you have a burning question about archives, this is your opportunity to ask a community of archivists!

Have you ever wondered if you should donate your records to an archive?

Why you need to wear white gloves when handling photographs?

How you should protect your photos and records?

What is the wildest thing an archivist has found in a collection? 

Ask these or any other questions by participating in the #AskAnArchivist day on Twitter, or email the NCAR Archivist at archives@ucar.edu

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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.