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Ernest Lichfield papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2519

Scope and Contents

Contains papers, journals, manuals, newspapers, and photographs related to Lichfield's professional life. Includes patent papers, legal documents, abstracts and photographs concerning the atmospheric testing equipment he invented. Also includes newspaper articles, technical manuals, written by him, and a historical survey on atmospheric balloons, written by Edward Kirschner. Contains data collected (charts and graphs) from balloon testing and photographs of the equipment commonly used. Also contains two scrapbooks with research materials, relevant newspaper articles, electrical and mechanical schematics of the test equipment, personal and professional correspondence, and postcards from various research locations. Includes staff notes and newsletters from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO.


  • 1966-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Preliminary processing completed. Access only with permission of Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

A scientist holding degrees in both meteorology and electrical engineering, Ernest Lichfield was a pioneer in the field of atmospheric balloon research and weather forecasting. He was employed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and conducted his studies across the globe, including New Zealand and smaller islands in the Pacific. He was the inventor of the GHOST (Global Horizontal Sounding Technique) balloon apparatus, an innovative system used for upper-level atmospheric data collection.


1 carton (1.5 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Items were donated by Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Lichfield, creators, to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University, in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ernest W. & Oneta B. Lichfield; 2002.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Taylor Dix.
Register of Ernest Lichfield papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 6
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States