Other collections

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.

Smithsonian Catalog cover  smithsonian oldest instrument

The book is on line at:

https://repository.si.edu/handle/10088/2402

 


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

Conical Gage 1 Conical gage 5

 

 

 

 

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.

WWII truck magazine wwII truck

Freds weather van from M Brenner July 2017

 


Grant Goodge – Knoxville, TN

Grant has a variety of weather artifacts. He can be reached at grant.goodge@noaa.gov or 865-288-3073.

Grants instrument Grants tower

 


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.

1890sA Kite Observations Signal Service Office-1884 1882A Window Instrument Shelter

 


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 building

Abilene, Texas (restored by Cape & Son)

   National Park building

         Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (Restored by National Park Service)

Richmond building

Richmond, Virginia (Restored by the Richmond National Battlefield Park)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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