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UNIDATA Program Records

Identifier:  - 00-06-UNIDATA

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the organizational activities of the UNIDATA program from before it's creation in 1984 until 2008. The collection is organized into seven series and primarily covers the July 1983 workshop which contributed to UNIDATA's creation, various plans, proposals, and reports written for and about the program as well as correspondence for and about the program from the UCAR presidential office of Dr. Richard A. Anthes.


  • 1982-2008
  • Majority of material found in 1982-1985
  • Other: Date acquired: 1988-05-16


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

Officially launched in 1984, the UNIDATA program was named by John A. Dutton after a workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July of 1983. The program's mission is to transform the geosciences community, research and education by providing innovative data services and tools. Funded by the National Science Foundation the program is a data faciliator, not an archive center. It has become a cornerstone resource for the atmospheric science community. Incorporating a diverse community of over 1500 academic institutions and 7000 organizations the participants of the program share the common goals of sharing data and tools to access and visualize data. Source: UNIDATA. 2013. Overview of Unidata. Note written by Juliet Robinson


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Arrangement is by chronological order within each series. The collection is housed in 1 box and is arranged into seven main series. Series 1: Background Materials, 1982 - 1984, undated Series 2: July 1983 Workshop, 1983, undated Series 3: Plans & Proposals, 1984 Series 4: Reports, 1983 - 1987, 1990, undated Series 5: Correspondence, 1983 - 1986, 1990 - 1993, 2001, 2008, undated Series 6: Newsletters, 1984 - 1999 Series 7: Promotional Materials, 1988 - 1993, 2004, undated

Physical Access Requirements

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

Method of Acquisition

John T. Snow materials were donated 1993 January 21 by Diane from the Department of Geosciences at Purdue University. These materials included correspondence and documents pertaining to the multi-university planning workshop held in July 1983. Ben Domenico contributed additional materials including photographs in 2017.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected

Processing Information

This collection was processed in July of 2013. The original order of the files was not clearly defined so the Archivist created Series to aid access to the materials, and then organized individual folders and files in chronological order within each series. Preservation measures included removing some metal fasteners, plastic GBC binders and re-housing the collection in acid-free folders and boxes. Routine business records such as travel vouchers and duplications of reports and newsletters were discarded.

Juliet Robinson
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Repository Details

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