Guide to the Department of Atmospheric Sciences Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences.
Title: Department of Atmospheric Sciences Records
Dates: 1968-1991 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.25 cubic feet
Collection Number: RG 167
Summary: The Department of Atmospheric Sciences Records document climate research and graduate programs in atmospheric sciences at Oregon State University.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Department of Atmospheric Sciences Records (RG 167), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into two subgroups: 1. Departmental Records; and 2. Climatic Research Institute Records.

Related Materials :  

The OSU Archives holdings also include Atmospheric Sciences Department photographs (P 138) and publications (PUB 346). Other materials about the department are included in the Memorabilia Collection (MC - Atmospheric Sciences Dept. and MC - Weather, Station, OSU).

Detailed Description of the Collection

Subgroup 1:  Departmental Records, 1968-1991
1 Series I: Graduate Student Policies and Information, 1990-1991
1 Series II: Department Library, 1968-1979

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Subgroup 2:  Climatic Research Institute Records, 1978-1989
Series I: Research Reports, 1978-1989
1 List of Reports (number, title, author, date)
1 Reports 1-72
1 " Research on Modeling the Oceanic General Circulation and the Surface Mixed Layer" , Final Technical Report for NSF Grant OCE-76-80182, September 1979
Series II: Research Grant Proposals, 1981
1 " A Proposal for Research on the Dynamics of Climate, 1 March, 1982-28 February 1985" , Submitted to the National Science Foundation, December 1981
Series III: General Files, 1976-1988
2 Atmospheric Sciences - Computer, 1985-1987
2 Climate Colloquium, 1977
2 CRI Report Distribution List, Nov. 1988
2 CRI Staff Meetings, 1982-1984
2 CRI-General, 1976-1986
2 Departmental Correspondence, 1978-1982
2 Move to Strand Ag. Hall, 1987
2 NOAA Experimental Climate Forecast Program, 1979
2 OSU Real-Time Weather Reporting Network, 1983
2 Requests for State Climate Information, 1983
2 Sergin-Aleksandrov, 1978
2 Statement of Knowledge of C02-Climate Problem, August 1979
2 Aleksandrov, Vladimir, 1982-1986
2 Qiu, Guoqing, 1984
2 Santer, Ben, 1985-1986
2 Wigley, Tom, 1985
2 Zhao, Zong-ci, 1985
Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), Meeting in Corvallis, Oct. 1980
2 Meeting Planning
2 Meeting Report
2 Series IV: Newspaper Clippings, 1978-1987
2 Series V: Weather Summary and Local Climatological Data for Corvallis, Oregon, 1982-1989

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  • Personal Names :
  • Gates, W. Lawrence (William Lawrence), 1928-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State University. Climatic Research Institute.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Meteorology--Research--Oregon.
  • Meteorology--Study and teaching--Oregon.
    • Other Creators :
    • Oregon State University. Climatic Research Institute.

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