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The Boulder Campus Photographic Collection consists of images documenting the Boulder, Colorado campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Persuaded by the endorsement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the gift of some 200 acres of land from the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Congress endorsed the relocation of National Bureau of Standards (NBS) radio research to Boulder. The new location for radio work met three important criteria: it was nearly free of electromagnetic interference for radio communications, featured long lines of sight, and was near a good university-level electrical engineering department. Construction on the Boulder site began in 1951, and on September 14, 1954, President Eisenhower led a distinguished group to Colorado to dedicate the new Boulder NBS laboratories. [From: Responding to National Needs by James F. Schooley, pp. 34-39]

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