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UCAR Records

Identifier: 02-UCAR

Scope and Contents

The UCAR Records contain materials that document UCAR and NCAR. The collection traces the founding of UCAR from an idea to the birth of a national center. It also documents the merger of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) with NCAR, the international scope of UCAR/NCAR, the relationship between UCAR and Member Universities, and the relationship of UCAR and the NSF.


  • 1940 - 2021
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1980
  • Modified: Date acquired: 1986-01-01


Conditions Governing Access

The Audiovisual series is restricted to internal use only. The rest of the collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


19.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection and the original folder titles have been maintained. Materials were grouped together into series by the Archivist. In the detailed description below, these titles have been transcribed as accurately as possible. Records are arranged chronologically by the original printed date. The collection is housed in 19 record cartons and organized into the following 15 series: Series 1: Board of Trustees (BOT), 1959-1985 Series 2: Budget, 1968-1977 Series 3: Chronological files and correspondence, 1940-2021 Series 4: Committees, 1959-1987 Series 5: Joint Evaluation Committee (JEC), 1970-1974 Series 6: UCAR Members, 1955-1983 Series 7: Minority Recruitment Program, 1966-1980 Series 8: National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Meteorology, 1958, undated Series 9: NCAR Divisions, 1958-1988 Series 10: Policy and manuals, 1961-1988 Series 11:Long-Range,Program, and Strategic Plans, 1957-1988 Series 12: Reports, 1972-1987 Series 13: Roscoe Braham notebooks, circa 1950s Series 14: Walter Orr Roberts files, 1957-1973 Series 15: Subject files, 1959-1990 Series 16: Audiovisual materials, 2012-2018 Series 17: Awards, 2013-2021

Physical Access Requirements

The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours. Selections from the collection are available in OpenSky, the NCAR Library's digital repository.

Source of Acquisition


Method of Acquisition

This is a legacy collection; original box labels indicate the records came to the Archives over several years from different sources, including individual staff members and UCAR presidents. Electronic records were actively collected by the Archives. A series of films was transferred by Zhenya Gallon in 2017 -- this series is restricted to internal use only. An accrual was transferred to the Archives in 2009-2010 when records returned from the offsite records management vendor. This accrual is unprocessed.

Appraisal Information

Routine business records, including travel vouchers, hotel and transportation information, and HR/personnel records, were removed from the collection. Duplicates were also removed.

Processing Information

This collection was processed over several months in 2012. Electronic records from the UCAR Members website were added in 2015 and early materials were converted from HTML to PDF for preservation reasons. The restricted 2017 accrual was processed in 2019.

Kathleen M. Legg and Kristin Clark
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

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