Revealing Our Melting Past: Providing an Sustainable Future for the Roger G. Barry National Snow and Ice Data Center Archives


The climate is changing rapidly. Archival data is essential to the study of climate change over time. The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is responsible for managing, archiving, and disseminating cryospheric and polar data. Today, these data are digital. However, hidden within the NSIDC is a collection of historical expedition notebooks, photographs, manuscripts, maps, ice charts, glass plates, and films documenting the history of polar exploration, glacier photography, and climate change. We seek to create access to these collections and move them to the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, an organization that has a mission to manage and facilitate use of these the types of collections.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

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The Regents of the University of Colorado


  • Mr. Jack Maness (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Ms. Rebecca Kuglitsch

Collaborating Institution(s)

National Snow and Ice Data Center CIRES, 449 UCB University of Colorado Boulder, CO 80309-0449 USA

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Geographic Scope

The scope of the collection is global, but concentrated on the poles and glaciated areas.


  • 108 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Artwork (Including Original Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Etc.), Audio (Including Speech And Music), Book (Including Serials), Dataset (Paper Based Or Electronic), Image, Manuscript, Maps, Specimen (Botanical, Geological, Medical, Etc.), Text (Including Electronic Texts)