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Physical Facility Services (PFS) Records

Identifier: 06-e795e38f-57be-4a8f-8e4c-0adde1d72caf

Scope and Contents

The Physical Facilities Services (PFS) Records document the planning, construction, and maintenance of NCAR/UCAR buildings and campuses, including the Climax Observatory, Mesa Laboratory, Fleischmann Building, Marshall Field Site, Research Aviation Facility, Foothills Campus and Center Green. The records also include information on work done by PFS on various field projects that were not located in the Boulder, Colorado area. Documents begin with the planning of the Mesa Laboratory and the Climax Observatory addition in the 1960s to the acquisition and buildout of the NCAR North facilities in the 1990s.


  • 1960s-1990s
  • Other: Date acquired: 2014-03-25


Conditions Governing Access

Most of the materials in this collection are open for access. Several folders relating to litigation are restricted. The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Conditions Governing Use

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


19 Items (15 Boxes; Map Case Drawers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10; 2 Rollers; 2 Oversize Boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some materials have not been reformatted to a digital medium. Some are not available for playback due to preservation concerns associated with playing the original items, or because playback equipment is not available such as film projectors, dvd players or photographic negative viewers.

Source of Acquisition

Legacy Collection - Multiple dates/multiple sources. The custodial history of the collection is not documented. The materials have been collected from NCAR staff files over the stated period of time.


The original order of the collection reflected multiple arrangement schemes, primarily topical, but also chronological, as well as folders with no apparent organization. Due to the overlapping organization schemes, the records were reorganized where necessary by the Archivist to preserve the primary topical organization scheme and to provide easier access for the researcher. The collection has been processed by location and date order. Exceptions have been made for Series: Physical Facilities Construction Documents, 1960-1970, undated, and Series: Media. Series: Physical Facilities Construction Documents, 1960-1970, undated, has been processed in original order. Series: Media has been arranged by type of media. Oversize items have been flattened and located in the Oversize Map Case or on rollers. Oversize items that were separated from the collection due to size are accompanied by separation sheets and separation sheets also exist in the original location of the material.

Faith Percell
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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