Warren Washington Papers Edit


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Finding Aid Author
Diane Rabson, revised by Kathleen Legg
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  • 1960-2014 (Creation)
  • 1960-2010 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 2007-11-13 (Other)


  • 30.00 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arrangement is by material type.

    The collection consists of eleven series in 23 boxes as well as oversize material:

    Series I: Biographical Series II: Research Series III: Advisory Work Series IV: Diversity Series V: NCAR Series VI: Organizations Series VII: General Correspondence Series VIII: Presentations and Talks Series IX: Awards and Honors Series X: Audio-Visual Series XI: Publications

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to this collection is open, although there are some materials that are restricted.

  • Conditions Governing Use

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

  • Physical Access Requirements

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

  • Technical Access Requirements

    There are some materials in the Audio-Visual series that are not available for play-back as they are original copies that have not been digitized.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Warren M. Washington

  • Method of Acquisition

    The papers of Warren M. Washington were given to the NCAR Archives by Warren M. Washington over the period 1987-2018.

  • Accruals and Additions

    New materials are donated to the Archives periodically by Dr. Washington.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Item cited], [Title of collection], [Folder title], Archives, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Special Collections: Warren Washington Collection

    See also: The Warren Washington Symposium, NCAR, Boulder, CO http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/events/webcasts/wmw/

    The Warren Washington Symposium, AMS, Atlanta, GA http://ams.confex.com/ams/90annual/techprogram/programexpanded_584.htm http://www.archives.ucar.edu/exhibits/washington

  • Related Materials

    The following oral history collections contain information related to Warren Washington's personal and professional life: American Meteorological Society Oral History Project and the UCAR/NCAR Oral History Project.

  • Scope and Contents

    The papers of Warren M. Washington document his scientific, professional, and advisory activities, as well as his significant contributions to diversity issues, particularly the enhancement of opportunities for people of color in science. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, lectures, articles and manuscript drafts, teaching materials, notes and calculations, clippings, awards, publications, motion picture film, and photographs.

  • Processing Information

    This collection was re-processed in March 2010. The original arrangement reflected the exact original order of the collection. Original order was modified slightly to create a more accessible arrangement. Multiple parallel correspondence files arranged alphabetically were combined to create one series. Publications were separated as a single series, except for annotated publications, which were kept in original order. Misfiled and loose items were returned to their logical place within the collection. All materials were arranged in chronological order within folders.

    Duplicate records, vendor/promotional literature, NCAR Technical Notes, NCAR Staff Notes, purchase orders, travel vouchers, packing slips and receipts, scholarly journals, vita/resumes of people other than Dr. Washington, student records, blank forms, scholarship applications with sensitive information, and other records with sensitive information, such as social security numbers, were weeded from the collection.

    Acidic materials such as newspaper clippings and notebook paper were buffered with acid-free paper. Oversize materials were flattened and stored in appropriate oversize folders. Microfiche, microfilm, and photographs were sleeved in appropriate preservation enclosures. Some metal fasteners were removed.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Warren M. Washington is an internationally recognized expert on atmospheric science and climate research. He specializes in computer modeling of Earth's climate. He served as a senior scientist and Chief Scientist of the DOE/UCAR Cooperative Agreement at NCAR in the Climate Change Research Section in the center's Climate and Global Dynamics Division. Washington has published over 200 papers, garnered dozens of awards, and served as a science advisor to former U.S. presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Obama. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2010 for his contributions to atmospheric science, U.S. science policy, and mentorship in the field.

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