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National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) Records

Identifier:  - NSBF
The National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) Records document the early days of the NSBF while it was managed by NCAR. Records illuminate the logistics of conducting balloon flights abroad and at home, particularly during the Cold War era. The collection offers a window into instrumentation, modifications, and issues with balloons and electronics packages. The collection includes correspondence, memos, budgets, reports, proposals, and papers. Selections from this collection are available online.  


  • 1962-1987
  • Majority of material found in 1968-1980
  • Other: Date acquired: 1986


Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


6.30 Linear Feet


Arrangement is by original order except for Series III. The collection consists of four series in seven boxes: Series I: "Old Balloon Files" Series II: Administrative Series III: Papers, Proposals, and Reports Series IV: Policies and Procedures

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Method of Acquisition

NCAR Archives legacy collection

Accruals and Additions

No accruals or additions are expected.

Related Publications

Several reports and publications covering the NSBF are available in the NCAR Library.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in June 2010. Original order was maintained. An unknown person included detailed folder content notes with the records; these notes were copied to the finding aid by the archivist. Purchase orders, travel documents, requests for proposals, vendor catalogs, petty cash vouchers, and detailed accounting reports were weeded from the collection. Oversize materials were flattened and are stored separately in flat storage. Selections from this collection have been digitized and are available in the NCAR Library's digital repository, OpenSky.
Kathleen Legg
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Repository Details

Part of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Archives Repository