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UCAR Communications Records

Identifier:  - 02-COMM

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three series: Audio-visual materials, news releases, and a small selection of reports. Audio-visual materials include photographic negatives, slides, photographic prints, digital photographs, film, and video. The photographic materials cover NCAR and UCAR history from its earliest beginnings through 2018. The film and video materials cover a range of topics, from clips of NCAR scientists speaking on their research to footage from field projects. The reports were generated by UCAR Communications and capture all mention of UCAR/NCAR in the media as it pertains to Climategate. The news releases consist of information released by UCAR Communications from 1999 to 2010. These materials are a continuation of the information releases in the Information Office Records. A selction of photographs and news releases are available online in OpenSky.


  • 1961-2018
  • Other: Date acquired: 2013-01-17


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the Reports Series is limited due to copyright limitations. Some materials that contain potentially sensitive or personally identifying information are restricted. Please contact the NCAR Archives for access.

Conditions Governing Use

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


120 Linear Feet

6 Terabytes

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Physical Access Requirements

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

Technical Access Requirements

Audio visual materials have not been reformatted to a digital medium. Some are not available for playback due to preservation concerns associated with playing the original tapes, or because playback equipment is not available.

Source of Acquisition

UCAR Communications

Method of Acquisition

Materials donated by Shilo Hall and Rachael Drummond of UCAR Communications.

Accruals and Additions

Accrual, 3/ 22/2013: Audio-visual materials, including VHS and Betacam tapes. Accrual, 2018-2019: over 11,000 negatives, slides, contact sheets, and prints, boxes and drawers of VHS and Betacam tapes, as well as approximately 100,000 digital images and videos comprising the full Communications Image Collection.

Information Office Records

The UCAR Communications office grew out of the Information Office. For earlier records related to this collection, see the Information Office Records.

In Progress
Kathleen M. Legg. Updated by Shelley Nayak, Holly Devaul.
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Repository Details

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