The National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities Inc. Archives actively seeks out, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to institutional records, personal papers, multimedia materials, and oral histories of enduring value which document NRAO’s historical development, institutional history, instrument construction, and ongoing activities, including its participation in multi-institutional collaborations. As the national facility for radio astronomy, the Archives also includes materials on history and development of radio astronomy in the United States, particularly if such materials are in danger of being lost or discarded by other institutions or individuals.

Click below for links to our Finding Aids or search for items here.

VLA     Ron Bracewell touching up signature pier on spectroheliograph dish    2013 Charlottesville Summer Students    Karl G. Jansky        Nan Dieter   Tour of Correlator Lab, 23 September 2011     Reber       	Warren Wooddell standing in the completed Calibration Horn Antenna, 1959     	NRAO Directors     Artist's conception of the Antennas for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. National Radio Astronomy Observatory: Institutional Records.
Click here for a timeline of NRAO history. 
Papers of Donald C. Backer, 1943-2010.
Papers of Alan H. Barrett, 1927-1991.
Papers of Ronald N. Bracewell, 1921-2007.
Papers of Alan H. Bridle, 1942- .
Papers of Robert L. Brown, 1943-2014.
Papers of Bernard F. Burke, 1928-2018.
Papers of Marshall H. Cohen, 1926- .
Papers of Nannielou Hepburn Dieter Conklin, 1926-2014.
Click here for "Nan Dieter Conklin: A Life in Science" [Web resource].
H.I. (Doc) Ewen, 1922-2015. [Web resource]
Papers of John Wilson Findlay , 1915-1994.
Papers of Mark A. Gordon , 1937- .
Papers of David S. Heeschen, 1926-2012.
Papers of David E. Hogg, 1936- .
Papers of Karl G. Jansky, 1905-1950.
Papers of Kenneth I. Kellermann, 1937- .
Click here for Kellermann's interviews with Bernard F. Burke, Frank D. Drake, David S. Heeschen, William E. Howard III and Campbell M. Wade.
Papers of John Daniel Kraus, 1910-2004.
Papers of Grote Reber, 1911-2002.
Papers of Morton S. Roberts, 1926- .
Papers of Arthur M. Shalloway, 1922-2019.
Papers of Woodruff T. Sullivan III, 1944- .
Click here for a listing of the 255 radio astronomers interviewed by Sullivan (plus the 52 individuals he was unable to interview) with links to more detailed information.
Papers of George W. Swenson, Jr., 1950-2007.
Papers of A. Richard Thompson, 1931- .
Papers of James S. Ulvestad, 1955- .
Papers of Paul A. Vanden Bout, 1939- .
Interview with Campbell M. Wade, 1930- .
Papers of Gart Westerhout, 1927-2012.

Early Radio Astronomy Courses, 1950-1958.

The Archives does not include archived observational data from NRAO telescopes, astronomical images, or equipment and instruments. You may search for archived observational data here. Astronomical images may be found in either the NRAO Image Gallery (images added through 2012) or the newer NRAO Multimedia Gallery, which includes some - but not all - images from the Image Gallery. NRAO numbered internal report series, Green Bank workshop proceedings, NRAO reprint series, etc. are included in the Library collection. Other information and links on radio astronomy history may be found here. The Web page for the IAU-URSI Historical Radio Astronomy Working Group is here.

Please refer to our Archives Policy for more detailed information on collection policy and access, or contact Ellen Bouton, Archivist, at 1-434-296-0203, Although many materials on NRAO's history are not yet formally part of the Archives, you are encouraged to contact us with any questions, as the Archivist is aware of the location of many documents at NRAO which will eventually be added to the collection.

We are actively seeking documents which will enhance our collection, and recognize that many pieces of our history may be held by current and former staff, or by non-NRAO people who served on AUI or NRAO boards and committees or were involved in building our instruments. The Archivist will be happy to discuss any potential donations of material.