The Department of Atmospheric Sciences was established in 1969 within the School (now College) of Science to emphasize coursework and research on air pollution control, atmospheric chemistry and biometeorology. The first degree programs were graduate level only. Wendell Hewson was the first department chair. In 1992 the department was merged with the College of Oceanography (the latter then became the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences).
The Climatic Research Institute was established in 1976 in order to help meet the "need for coordinated and intensified climatic research." In 1978 CRI received a National Science Foundation Grant of $225,000 to participate in an international effort to monitor world weather patterns. W. Lawrence Gates was the director of CRI from its establishment until it was disbanded in 1989.
Subgroup 1 includes files pertaining to graduate student policies and to the purchase/donation of a scientific library to the department. The Climatic Research Institute (CRI) Subgroup contains five series. The first series consists of 73 research reports produced by CRI between 1978 and 1989. Series two is a 1981 grant proposal to the National Science Foundation. Series three includes general files pertaining to CRI's administration, programs, visitors, and special events. Series four consists of newspaper clippings about CRI. Series five consists of monthly and yearly weather summaries and climatological data for Corvallis, Oregon.
Preferred Citation :
Department of Atmospheric Sciences Records (RG 167), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Organized into two subgroups: 1. Departmental Records; and 2. Climatic Research Institute Records.
Detailed Description of the Collection