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William Welch Kellogg Papers

 Collection — other: 1-5
Identifier:  - 04-03-01-WWK

Scope and Contents

The Papers of William Welch Kellogg consists of documents dated from 1946 to 2005. Dr. Kellogg's research and work for the National Center for Atmospheric Science (NCAR) comprises the bulk of the materials. He was involved with climate change research and early forecasting methods. The collection includes committee materials, correspondence and memoranda, journals, presentations and speeches, research files, writings, publications, figures, newspaper clippings, and photographs.


  • 1946-2005
  • Majority of material found in 1964-1999
  • Other: Date acquired: 2008-02-29


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.


7.50 Linear Feet

5.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Arrangement is by material type.

The collection consists of four series in five boxes:

Series I: Professional materials, 1948-2004 and undated Sub-Series A: Committee materials, 1957-1990 Sub-Series B: Correspondence and memorandum, 1961-2003 and undated Sub-Series C: Journals, 1971-2002 Sub-Series D: Miscellaneous, 1948-1989 and undated Sub-Series E: Presentations and speeches, 1982-1997 and undated Sub-Series F: Research files, 1969-1992 and undated Sub-Series G: Writings and publications, 1962-2004 and undated

Series II: Personal materials, 1946-2004 and undated

Series III: Clippings, 1953-1998 and undated

Series IV: Visual materials, 1946-1998 and undated Sub-Series A: Awards, 1988-1998 Sub-Series B: Charts, diagrams, and graphs, 1946-1986 and undated Sub-Series C: Photographic figures for publication, 1977-1992 and undated Sub-Series D: Photographs of family and colleagues

Physical Access Requirements

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

Technical Access Requirements

A light box would be helpful for viewing photographic negatives; however, it is not required to view them.

Custodial History

The Kellogg Papers resided with Kellogg and his family until their donation to the Archives in 1985 and 2008.

Source of Acquisition

Elizabeth Kellogg

Method of Acquisition

The NCAR Archives acquired the Kellogg Papers through gifts in 1985 from William Kellogg and in 2008 from his widow, Elizabeth.

Appraisal Information

Publications were examined for Kellogg's handwritten notes. Those containing his notes were retained, all others were discarded. Copies of photographs beyond 1 copy, copies of documents beyond 2 copies, and routine correspondence were discarded.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

The Papers of William Welch Kellogg is related to many collections in the NCAR Archives due to the natural relationship of NCAR records. Some related materials in the NCAR Archives include the Records of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) and the UCAR/NCAR Oral History Project. For more information, please see:

Separated Materials

Two expanding folders labeled "scrapbook materials" were returned to the family upon the completion of processing in February 2010. The contents were unorganized and loose. Material types included family correspondence, clippings, drawings, awards, and photographs.

Processing Information

Processing was completed in January 2010. Upon acquisition, materials had little order.

Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Documents were interleaved with acid-free paper as needed and visual materials were housed in archival sleeves. Metal fasteners were removed and replaced with plastic clips when needed. Folded materials were un-folded and flattened when possible.

Correspondence materials are arranged by the sender. When the sender sent two or more pieces of communication, those materials were placed in their own folder and titled by the sender's name. All other correspondence was arranged alphabetically in one folder and labeled "A-Z."

Materials are arranged by type and folders are arranged alphabetically by title. Oversize materials are located in box 4, arranged by type and then alphabetically. Bound journals are located in box 5 and arranged by the number Kellogg assigned.

Colleen M. McCorkell
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Repository Details

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