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Office of Interdisciplinary Earth Studies (OIES) Records

Identifier:  - OIES

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the organizational activities of the Office of Interdisciplinary Earth Studies (OIES) from its creation in 1986 until its dissolution in 1994. The collection is organized into eight series and primarily covers the planning, activities, and resulting publications of various workshops, conferences and meetings held internally or with partnering institutions. Items include correspondence, publications, drafts, reports, photographs, photocopied records, audio recordings, policy records, handwritten notes, and photocopied clippings of related articles.


  • 1984-1992
  • Majority of material found in 1986-1992
  • Other: Date acquired: 2011-01-05


Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical or Historical Information

The Office for Interdisciplinary Earth Studies (OIES) was a non-profit organization created by the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research in April 1986 to facilitate research among the earth science disciplines through the organization of scientific workshops and study sessions, the publication of reports, and the dissemination of information, including a regular newsletter and calendar of activities. As the interface with atmospheric sciences and other disciplines in global change, OIES provided a proving ground where scientists at NCAR and the university atmospheric science community could develop the role of their field in earth system science and initiate research on important problems in the U.S. Global Change Research Program. OIES was directed by Dr. Jack Eddy from its start until 1992 when he resigned to serve as the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Research at the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) in Saginaw, Michigan. Tom M.L. Wigley was appointed and served as director until the organization was dissolved in October 1994. Source: Office of Interdisciplinary Earth Studies (OIES) Records, 1986-1992, Steering Committee: Fifth meeting, June 1988, notebook attachments (1 of 2), Archives, National Center for Atmospheric Research. "OIES dissolved as of October ". Staff Notes 29.33. National Center for Atmospheric Research, 29 September 1994. Web. March 2012.


9.90 Linear Feet

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Arrangement is by chronological order within each series and subseries. In the container list, these titles have been transcribed as accurately as possible. There is not a distinction made between the original folder titles and those provided by the processor. The collection is housed in 8 record cartons and 1 half Hollinger box, and it is arranged into eight main series: I. Administrative II. Arid Workshop III. Forum on Data Management and Global Change IV. Global Change Institute V. NOAA Panel on Climate and Global Change VI. Steering Committee VII. Publications VIII. Audiovisual

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours. A large portion of the documents contained in this collection are photocopied versions of the original record.

Technical Access Requirements

There are some materials in Series 8, Audiovisual, that are not available for play-back as they are original copies that have not been digitized.

Appraisal Information

Copies of documents beyond one copy, travel forms and vouchers, and routine correspondence were discarded. Financial transaction documents and records containing personal information such as social security numbers were destroyed. All appraisal decisions are based on the NCAR Archives Collecting Policy. Please visit How to Donate for more information about the policy.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

Jack Eddy served as the director of OIES from 1986 until 1992. The John A. Eddy Papers, 1958-1984 contains records from Dr. Eddy's earlier career. The UCAR/NCAR Publications Collection, 1958-2011 contains the OIES quarterly publication entitled EARTHQUEST (1987-1990, 1992).

Processing Information

Processing was completed in April 2012. Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Folders were labeled with original titles--when available-- in pencil. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips when needed. Folded materials were un-folded and flattened when possible. Duplicate, travel, routine, and financial records were discarded. Multiple copies of report and publication drafts have been saved as many include handwritten commentary from reviewers. Photographs were sleeved in appropriate preservation enclosures.

Krista Stracka
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Repository Details

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