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Mesa Laboratory Construction Records

Identifier: MLCR

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, memos, design specifications, and budgets related to the design and construction of the Mesa Laboratory. Materials document the site selection committee, selection of an architect, bidding process for contractors, internal discussions on design and space allocation, interior design, and the dedication ceremony. Select materials from this collection have been digitized and are available in the NCAR Library's digital repository, OpenSky.


  • 1959-1970
  • Majority of material found in 1960-1967
  • Other: Date acquired: 2009-11-09


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials are not in the public domain.


4.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Folders are in alphabetical order, and within folders materials are arranged chronologically.

Physical Access Requirements

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

Custodial History

Records were transferred to the Archives from Administrative Services, Physical Facilities and collated together as a collection in the 1990s.

Source of Acquisition

Administrative Services, Physical Facilities

Method of Acquisition

Received by internal transfer in the 1980s.

Appraisal Information

In 1987, the archivist transferred the portfolios from architectural and engineering firms interested in designing and constructing the Mesa Laboratory to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Office furniture catalogs, issue of architectural journals, and duplicate correspondence were destroyed. In 1988, resumes, proposals, and copies of GSA form 254 (Architect-Engineer and Related Services Questionnaire) were also sent to the AIA.

Accruals and Additions

Accrual, 4/2/2013, Contractors files and drawings donated by Richard Weldon via Joan Fisher, Administrative Assistant in CISL.

Related Materials

Selections from the Mesa Laboratory Construction Records are available electronically in OpenSky, the NCAR Library's digital repository. The Physical Facilities Services Records contain similar materials as well as records related to other UCAR/NCAR buildings and facilities.

Processing Information

Construction change orders and checks issued to I.M. Pei and Associates were sampled. Many duplicate records were found in the collection and were destroyed. Routine correspondence detailing travel arrangements, travel authorizations, and scheduling meetings were removed and destroyed. The original order was altered to create a more accessible collection; records were grouped together according to original purpose.

Kathleen Legg
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Repository Details

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