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Design and Fabrication Services Records

Identifier:  - DFS

Scope and Contents

The Design and Fabrication Services Records consists of historical UCAR institutional policy and procedure manuals, a wide range of engineering, drafting, and equipment user manuals, advisory panel meeting materials, memoranda, and engineering drawings from the 1990s.


  • 1957 - 2003
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1996

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Design and Fabrication Services (DFS) is a division of NCAR's Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL). Through working closely with scientists and engineers, DFS both designs and creates innovative engineering solutions for the atmospheric research community.


3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Arrangement is by material type. Folders are arranged alphabetically within each series. This collection is housed in three record cartons, with the exception of oversized items which are housed in a separate location. This collection is arranged into the following six series: I. Advisory Panels and Reviews II. Engineering Drawings III. Manuals IV. Miscellaneous V. Planning VI. Policies and Procedures

Custodial History

This collection was donated by Karl Schwenz, DFS Machine Shop Supervisor in 2014. Most of the content donated belonged to DFS Manager, H. Paul Johnson.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in April 2015. Materials were removed from three-ring binders and rehoused in acid free folders. Metal fasteners were removed from folded oversize documents and were flattened. Plastic comb binding and plastic covers were removed from handbooks. Original order of materials were kept. Records containing budget information were discarded. Publications available in the NCAR Library were removed from the collection.

Penelope Neder
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Repository Details

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