OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS I FOUND SEVERAL COLLECTIONS THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY INTERESTED IN BECOMING IMAPP MEMBERS. IF YOU HAVE A COLLECTION, EITHER SMALL OR LARGE PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS I WOULD LIKE TO LIST THEM HERE.
Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of American History
The Smithsonian Institution has several hundred weather instruments in its collection. They range from a replica of Hooke’s wheel barometer from the late 1600’s to instruments of the 1960’s.
Many of the meteorological instruments in the various Smithsonian Collections can been seen at the Smithsonian Search Center: http://collections.si.edu/search/. Note that this is key-word searchable.
Few artifacts have been added since the Catalog of Meteorological Instruments in the Museum of History and Technology was released in 1969. However, at this time they are open to adding additional items.
The book is on line at:
Working Men’s Institute – New Harmony, IN
This collection has only single weather artifact, but it is a very unique rain gauge. They claim that only three were made; one was sent to England, one to the Smithsonian, and the they have the third one in their collection. However the Smithsonian has no record of the gauge. See: http://workingmensinstitute.org
Fred LaPerriere – Sedalia, CO
Fred has a fully restored WWII weather truck. He also has a collection of weather instruments and equipment from the 1940’s. Fred’s address is 5389 North Plum Avenue,Sedalia, Co 80135.
Fred and the National Museum of WWII Aviation have reached an agreement that the van will be transferred to the museum once Fred is finished with it.
Grant Goodge – Knoxville, TN
Grant has a variety of weather artifacts. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-288-3073.
Oklahoma University – History of Science Museum, Norman, OK
Several hundred historic photographs were donated to the Oklahoma University History of Science Museum by Gary Grice. Gary collected these photographs during his long career as a National Weather Service meteorologist. A digital version of the photographs are now online at theIMAPP.org.
Historic Weather Bureau Building Owners
When the Weather Bureau was established in 1890 they realized that the cost to rent office space was extremely high. At first the Weather Bureau only owned seven buildings. As funding became available 41 buildings were constructed from 1901 to 1915. In late 2015 there were 22 of the original buildings still standing and several have restored. Three of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Abilene, Texas (restored by Cape & Son)
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (Restored by National Park Service)
Richmond, Virginia (Restored by the Richmond National Battlefield Park)