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Robert MacQueen Papers

Identifier: 04-02-RMQ

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the offical records of the HAO Director Robert M. McQueen. It covers his early research days at John Hopkins through his entire career at NCAR. The collection is organized into nine series, primarily organized by the programs and projects he was involved in.


  • 1947-1990
  • Majority of material found in 1962-1990
  • Other: Date acquired: 1983-01-01


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

Before joining NCAR as a Staff Scientist in 1967 Robert M. MacQueen studied and worked at John Hopkins University. He attained Senior Scientist status in 1973. He was Head of the Coronal Physics Section from 1977-79, Director of HAO from 1979-86 and Associate Director of NCAR from 1986-1988. He then became Acting Director of NCAR from 1988-1989. Left NCAR in 1990 after a 1 year sabbatical to head the physics department at Rhodes College. Note written by Juliet Robinson


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Language of Materials



Arrangement is primarily by Chronological order within each series unless this was undecipherable due to lack of dates on materials, in these cases original order is used. The collection is housed in 7 boxes and is arranged into nine main series. Series 1: Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences (APAS) at the University of Colorado, 1980-1986, undated Series 2: Committee on Solar & Space Physics (CSSP), 1968-1980, undated Series 3: General Correspondence, 1963-1967, 1974 Series 4: High Altitude Observatory (HAO), 1974, 1977-1982, undated Series 5: International Solar Polar Mission (ISPM), 1947, 1949, 1958-1959, 1962-1966, 1968, 1970-1971, 1974, 1976, 1978-1982, undated Series 6: Large Earth-Based Solar Telescope (LEST), 1978, 1983-1990, undated Series 7: Research, 1962-1964, 1966-1976, undated Series 8: Sacramento Peak Observatory (SPO), 1970-1973, 1976-1977, undated Series 9: Solar Physics Space Lab-Facilities Definition Team (FDT), 1973-1979, undated

Physical Access Requirements

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

Source of Acquisition

Robert M. MacQueen

Method of Acquisition

The papers of Robert M. MacQueen were given to the UCAR Archives by Robert M. MacQueen over the period 1983-1990.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in July 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 when necessary. If chronological order could not be determined files were kept in original order. Misfiled and loose items were returned to their logical place within the collection. Preservation measures included removing some metal fasteners, plastic GBC binders and re-housing the collection in acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic materials such as notebook paper were buffered with acid-free paper. Oversize materials were stored in appropriate oversize folders. Negatives and photographs were sleeved in appropriate preservation enclosures. Routine business records such as travel vouchers and duplications of reports and newsletters and other records with sensitive information, such as social security numbers, were weeded from the collection.

Robert MacQueen Papers
A guide to the collection
Juliet Robinson
Language of description
Script of description
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Language of description note

Repository Details

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