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Karyn Sawyer Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier:  - KSP

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material related to Karyn Sawyer's work in the Joint Office for Science Support (formerly the International Projects Office). The collection includes planning documents for the First GARP (Global Atmospheric Research Program) Global Experiment (FGGE) and GATE (GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment). Also included is an early NCAR manual which includes a 1963 foreword by Walter Orr Roberts as well as updates and supplements that cover the period 1965-1974. The collection also contains photographic materials from international field campaigns including eclipse experiments in Indonesia and India, slides from Guangzhou, China (TOGA - Tropical Ocean and Global Atmosphere Program) and Honolulu, Hawaii. Also included are slides from FASTEX (Fronts Atlantic Storm Track Experiment) in Ireland. The Photograph and Slides series includes many travel photos in addition to photos of field projects. The collection also contains a 16mm film called MONEX: The Monsoon Experiment and a 1981 award for the film from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events.


  • 1963 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

Materials must be viewed in the Archives during normal business hours.

Conditions Governing Use

Not all of the material in this collection is in the public domain. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine copyright and obtain permission to use materials.

Biographical / Historical

Karyn Sawyer began working at NCAR/UCAR in 1972 and throughout her career she worked as Special Assistant to the Director of NCAR, Head of International Projects at UCAR, Assistant Director of the Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL), Deputy Director of the NCAR Earth Systems Laboratory. In 1996 the International Projects Office became the Joint Office for Science Support (JOSS) with Sawyer as the director. Her work focused on coordinating international projects and field campaigns.


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The collection is arranged in four series: Planning and Procedure Records, Photographs and Slides, Audiovisual Material, and Oversize Material. Material is arranged chronologically within the series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquisition is unknown.

Processing Information

Materials were arranged by format and original folder labels were used where they existed. Duplicate materials and material that did not fall within the scope of the NCAR Archives Collecting Policy were removed from the collection. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and slides and negatives were rehoused in polypropylene sleeves.

Laura Hoff
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Repository Details

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