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NCAR/UCAR Equity Collection

Identifier:  - NUE

Scope and Contents

The NCAR/UCAR Equity (NUE) Collection documents the evolution of issues facing women, people of color, and their families in the workplace and, specifically, in the workplace of NCAR/UCAR. Starting in the 1970s, committees were formed to support the participants in the organization as they worked to encourage UCAR to develop a new policy and NCAR to implement procedures for that policy on family/child care, flexible work alternatives, scientific appointments and leaves of absence. The committees were C4NW: Committee For NCAR Women, WIAS: Women In Atmospheric Sciences, CFW: Council on Family and Work, and Women & Minorities Committee. The collection also includes restricted records from the AMS Women in Meteorology survey. Additional records from the UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion were added beginning in 2017.


  • 1970-2021
  • Majority of material found in 1970-1974, 1991-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Most of the materials in this collection are open for access. The collection must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the materials in the collection are in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues. Some material is restricted until 2048.


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This collection was created by merging three small accessions of records representing NCAR Committees: Committee For NCAR Women, Women In Atmospheric Sciences, and Women and Minorities. Each accession is a series in the collection. An additional series was added in 2017 to include records from the newly formed UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The collection has been kept in the original order of the materials within each accession: C4NW, WIAS, CFW, and Women & Minorities Committee committees. Many resource materials collected by the committees and shared with the organization are in the collection. Although they are not authored by UCAR/NCAR staff, they help document the path of discovery for the committees and organization as policy was developed. This collection is arranged into the following series based on the committees: I: C4NW, II: WIAS, III: CFW, IV: Women & Minorities Committee; V: AMS Women in Meteorology, VI: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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 tape recorders.

Custodial History

This is a legacy collection. Materials were collected from multiple sources, specifically from the committees. Records from Women and Minorities Committee were returned to the Archives from Dr. Elisabeth Holland,[former Senior Scientist, leader of the Biogeosciences Program at NCAR, and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)], upon her departure from NCAR. Materials from the Committee for NCAR Women and the AMS Women in Meteorology (restricted) were transferred by Margaret LeMone. In 2017, the archivist began collecting records from the UCAR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion related to new efforts in this area.

Processing Information

The collection was processed August-October 2015. Duplicates were removed. Accruals were processed as they were acquired.

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Repository Details

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