Glaciers are rapidly shrinking around the world in response to a warming Earth. Many of them will disappear in the coming decades, after having persisted for thousands of years. The Roger G. Barry Archives and Resource Center (ARC) Adopt-a-Glacier program is a great way to support glacier research. The program began in March 2012 with three glaciers available for adoption: Arapaho, Franz Josef, and Muir. In 2013, two more glaciers have been added to the list: Qori Kalis Glacier in Peru and Zmutt Glacier in Switzerland.
Adoption of a glacier is symbolic, but the money raised will allow ARC to purchase document boxes for preserving manuscript materials in acid free folders, to purchase photo safe boxes for preserving our historic photograph collections, and to assist in the ongoing preservation, organization, and digitization of historic materials. Donors receive a certificate of adoption along with a photo and facts about the glacier they have adopted. It makes a great gift! To adopt a glacier, see the Adopt-a-Glacier Web page.