North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, North Carolina State University Chapter Records 1932-1995

Creator
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. North Carolina State College Chapter
Size
6.25 linear feet
Location

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Call number
UA 021.495

The records of the North Carolina State University chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, document the formation and evolution of the chapter. These records, containing materials from 1932 to 1995, include correspondence, meeting notes, administrative files, and other documents that detail the club's activities, including meetings, scientific lectures, research awards, administrative activities, and participation in activities of the national organization.

The Sigma Xi Club was formed at North Carolina State College in 1938 and successfully petitioned to obtain Chapter status in the national Society of the Sigma Xi in 1944. The Society is dedicated to promoting and recognizing research achievements in a wide variety of scientific fields. The Chapter's activities include meetings, scientific lectures, research awards, administrative activities, and participation in activities of the national organization. North Carolina State University's chapter of Sigma Xi remained active as of 2008.

Biographical/historical note

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, is a non-profit honor society of more than 70,000 scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters at universities and colleges, government laboratories, and industry research centers. Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. Any active full member may nominate an individual for membership (either associate, full, or promotion to full) by submitting a nomination form to the chapter secretary.

In 1974, the Society of the Sigma Xi, which was founded in 1886, merged with the Scientific Research Society of America to form Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America. In 1979, the name was changed to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

On February 17, 1938, twenty-nine members of Sigma Xi met at North Carolina State College to consider the establishment of a Sigma Xi Club. At this meeting, debate took place over the choice of establishing a Club versus an Alumni Chapter. A Club, which is usually formed before a Chapter, is made up of members of an institution's faculty who are already members or associates of Sigma Xi. In addition, a Club holds meetings and programs but cannot elect new members, whereas an Alumni Chapter, would have this ability. The members chose to form a club, and shortly thereafter committees began formulating by-laws, a constitution, and programs for the year.

On March 3, 1938, the Club decided to begin work on a petition for the establishment of a Chapter at State College. 70 members eventually signed the petition, which included general information about North Carolina State College, lists of projects and publications by the Club's members, biographies of all the members, and letters of recommendations. The petition was published in booklet form and submitted to Sigma Xi in October 1943. In December of that year the college was awarded a Chapter, and formally initiated in a ceremony held April 17, 1944.

From its inception, Chapter activities have included both general business and events designed to promote and recognize scientific achievement. The Chapter holds regular meetings, elects officers and new members each spring, and has an annual year-end banquet. It participates in the Distinguished Lecture series offered by the national organization, where individuals who are at the leading edge of science come to Chapters to speak to members and the general public. North Carolina State University's Chapter also participates in the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, providing financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students and encouraging close working relationships with faculty. In 1992, the chapter began conducting an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. In 1993, they began giving a Faculty Research Award to honor young faculty who have demonstrated excellence in their areas of research specialization. North Carolina State University's chapter of Sigma Xi remained active as of 2008.

Scope/content

These records contain materials related to the North Carolina State University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, from 1932 to 1995. Materials for most years include correspondence, meeting minutes, banquet and lecture programs, financial records, membership information, and administrative files. The materials from the 1940s also include the Chapter's original petition, copies of the founding constitution, and information on the Chapter's initiation. The 1960s includes minutes and information from the national organization's annual convention. In the 1970s there is additional information about the Chapter's initiation ceremonies, manuals of procedure, and research awards. The 1980s and 1990s material, which is less complete than previous decades, includes books of abstracts from Undergraduate Research Symposia.

Physical description

12 archival boxes, 1 archival half box

Arrangement

The materials are organized chronologically by academic year. The original arrangement of materials was followed as closely as possible, which accounts for materials in some years being more sub-divided than in others. Within each year the topics were arranged from most chapter specific to most general, then chronologically within each topic.

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, North Carolina State University Chapter Records, UA 021.495, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Transferred from Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, North Carolina State University Chapter

Sigma Xi Quarterly 1932-1933
Box 1, Folder 1
Administrative File 1936
Box 1, Folder 2
Administrative File February, 1938-May, 1938
Box 1, Folder 3
Administrative File September, 1938-May, 1939
Box 1, Folder 4
Administrative File October, 1938-May, 1939
Box 1, Folder 5
Correspondence October, 1939-May, 1940
Box 1, Folder 6
Administrative File 1939-1940
Box 1, Folder 7
Correspondence September, 1940-June, 1941
Box 1, Folder 8
Administrative File October, 1940-May, 1941
Box 1, Folder 9
Correspondence September, 1941-June, 1942
Box 1, Folder 10
Administrative File October, 1941-May, 1942
Box 1, Folder 11
Petition for Chapter December, 1942
Box 1, Folder 12
Administrative File July, 1942-June, 1943
Box 1, Folder 13
Initiation of Chapter [Folder 1 of 2] October, 1943-May, 1944
Box 1, Folder 14
Initiation of Chapter [Folder 2 of 2] March, 1944-April, 1944
Box 1, Folder 15
Correspondence September, 1943-July, 1944
Box 2, Folder 1
Administrative File September, 1943-June, 1944
Box 2, Folder 2
Correspondence August, 1944-July, 1945
Box 2, Folder 3
Administrative File September, 1944-June, 1945
Box 2, Folder 4
Financial Records November, 1945-June, 1946
Box 2, Folder 5
Correspondence September, 1945-June, 1946
Box 2, Folder 6
Administrative File October, 1945-March, 1946
Box 2, Folder 7
Financial Records October, 1946-May, 1947
Box 2, Folder 8
Correspondence November, 1946-June, 1947
Box 2, Folder 9
Administrative File November, 1946-June, 1947
Box 2, Folder 10
Transfer of Membership October, 1947-May, 1948
Box 2, Folder 11
Nominations Disapproved February, 1948-March, 1948
Box 2, Folder 12
Correspondence October, 1947-July, 1948
Box 2, Folder 13
Administrative File October, 1947-April, 1948
Box 2, Folder 14
Transfer of Membership November, 1948-May, 1949
Box 3, Folder 1
Accepted Memberships May, 1949
Box 3, Folder 2
Nominations Held Over February, 1949-March, 1949
Box 3, Folder 3
Correspondence August, 1948-July, 1949
Box 3, Folder 4
Administrative File October, 1948-June, 1949
Box 3, Folder 5
Transfer of Memberships September, 1949-April, 1950
Box 3, Folder 6
Correspondence August, 1949-June, 1950
Box 3, Folder 7
Administrative File October, 1949-June, 1950
Box 3, Folder 8
Administrative File, circa 1940s
Box 3, Folder 9
Minutes and Reports 1950-1951
Box 3, Folder 10
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1950-1951
Box 3, Folder 11
Transfer of Membership 1950-1951
Box 3, Folder 12
Correspondence June, 1950-May, 1951
Box 3, Folder 13
Minutes and Reports 1951-1952
Box 4, Folder 1
Lecture and Banquet Programs and Announcements 1951-1952
Box 4, Folder 2
Transfer of Membership May, 1951-April, 1952
Box 4, Folder 3
Replies to Election Notices 1952
Box 4, Folder 4
Correspondence September, 1951-June, 1952
Box 4, Folder 5
Minutes and Reports 1952-1953
Box 4, Folder 6
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1952-1953
Box 4, Folder 7
Current Membership 1952-1953
Box 4, Folder 8
Transfer of Membership 1952-1953
Box 4, Folder 9
Nominations for Membership, B-C 1953
Box 4, Folder 10
Nominations for Membership, D-H 1953
Box 4, Folder 11
Nominations for Membership, J-N 1953
Box 4, Folder 12
Nominations for Membership, P-W 1953
Box 4, Folder 13
Correspondence 1952-1953
Box 4, Folder 14
Minutes and Reports 1953-1954
Box 4, Folder 15
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1953-1954
Box 4, Folder 16
Membership 1953-1954
Box 4, Folder 17
Membership Transfers 1953-1954
Box 5, Folder 1
Correspondence 1953-1954
Box 5, Folder 2
Minutes and Reports 1954-1955
Box 5, Folder 3
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1954-1955
Box 5, Folder 4
Membership Lists 1954-1955
Box 5, Folder 5
Membership Transfers 1954-1955
Box 5, Folder 6
Correspondence 1954-1955
Box 5, Folder 7
Correspondence August, 1955-July, 1956
Box 5, Folder 8
Administrative File November, 1955-May, 1956
Box 5, Folder 9
Minutes and Reports 1956-1957
Box 5, Folder 10
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1956-1957
Box 5, Folder 11
Membership 1956-1957
Box 5, Folder 12
Correspondence July, 1956-March, 1957
Box 5, Folder 13
Correspondence April, 1957-June, 1957
Box 5, Folder 14
Correspondence February, 1958
Box 5, Folder 15
Administrative File November, 1957-June, 1958
Box 5, Folder 16
Correspondence 1958-1959
Box 5, Folder 17
Administrative File October, 1958-May, 1959
Box 5, Folder 18
Minutes and Reports 1959-1960
Box 5, Folder 19
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1959-1960
Box 5, Folder 20
Membership 1959-1960
Box 6, Folder 1
Correspondence 1959-1960
Box 6, Folder 2
Administrative File 1959-1960
Box 6, Folder 3
Administrative File, circa 1950s
Box 6, Folder 4
Meeting Minutes 1960-1961
Box 6, Folder 5
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1960-1961
Box 6, Folder 6
Correspondence September, 1960-April, 1961
Box 6, Folder 7
Administrative File 1960-1961
Box 6, Folder 8
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1961-1962
Box 6, Folder 9
Correspondence 1961-1962
Box 6, Folder 10
Administrative File 1961-1962
Box 6, Folder 11
Meeting Minutes 1962-1963
Box 6, Folder 12
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1962-1963
Box 6, Folder 13
Correspondence 1962-1963
Box 6, Folder 14
Administrative File 1962-1963
Box 6, Folder 15
Meeting Minutes and Reports 1963-1964
Box 6, Folder 16
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1963-1964
Box 6, Folder 17
Correspondence 1963-1964
Box 6, Folder 18
Administrative File 1963-1964
Box 6, Folder 19
Meeting Minutes and Reports 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 1
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 2
Membership 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 3
Treasurer's File 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 4
Correspondence [Folder 1 of 3] 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 5
Correspondence [Folder 2 of 3] 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 6
Correspondence [Folder 3 of 3] 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 7
Administrative File 1964-1965
Box 7, Folder 8
Meeting Minutes 1965-1966
Box 7, Folder 9
Membership Transfers 1965-1966
Box 7, Folder 10
Treasurer's File 1965-1966
Box 7, Folder 11
Correspondence 1965-1966
Box 7, Folder 12
Administrative File 1965-1966
Box 7, Folder 13
Treasurer's File 1966-1967
Box 8, Folder 1
Correspondence 1966-1967
Box 8, Folder 2
Administrative File 1966-1967
Box 8, Folder 3
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1967-1968
Box 8, Folder 4
Treasurer's File 1967-1968
Box 8, Folder 5
Correspondence 1967-1968
Box 8, Folder 6
Administrative File 1967-1968
Box 8, Folder 7
Annual Convention Minutes 1968
Box 8, Folder 8
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1968-1969
Box 8, Folder 9
Treasurer's File 1968-1969
Box 8, Folder 10
Correspondence 1968-1969
Box 8, Folder 11
Administrative File 1968-1969
Box 9, Folder 1
Annual Convention Minutes 1969
Box 9, Folder 2
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1969-1970
Box 9, Folder 3
Treasurer's File 1969-1970
Box 9, Folder 4
Correspondence 1969-1970
Box 9, Folder 5
Administrative File 1969-1970
Box 9, Folder 6
Membership Lists, circa 1960s
Box 9, Folder 7
Initiation 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 8
Discussion Group 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 9
Minutes and Reports 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 10
Lecture and Banquet Programs and Announcements 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 11
Membership 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 12
Treasurer's File 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 13
Correspondence 1970-1971
Box 10, Folder 1
Administrative File 1970-1971
Box 10, Folder 2
Minutes 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 3
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 4
Membership 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 5
Initiation 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 6
Treasurer's File 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 7
Correspondence 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 8
National Office--Correspondence 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 9
News--National Office 1971-1972
Box 10, Folder 10
Manual of Procedure January, 1972
Box 10, Folder 11
Proceedings of Annual Meeting October, 1972
Box 10, Folder 12
Minutes September, 1972
Box 10, Folder 13
Lecture and Banquet Programs 1972-1973
Box 10, Folder 14
Membership 1972-1973
Box 10, Folder 15
Initiation Spring, 1973
Box 10, Folder 16
Initiation in Absentia Forms 1973
Box 10, Folder 17
Treasurer's File 1972-1973
Box 10, Folder 18
Correspondence 1972-1973
Box 11, Folder 1
Manual of Procedure 1973
Box 11, Folder 2
Minutes 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 3
Lecture and Banquet Programs and Announcements 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 4
Membership Lists 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 5
Initiation 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 6
Treasurer's Files 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 7
Research Awards 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 8
Correspondence - Campus Chapter 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 9
Correspondence - National and Newsletters 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 10
Administrative Files 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 11
Constitution and By-Laws 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 12
Manual of Procedure 1973-1974
Box 11, Folder 13
Minutes 1974-1975
Box 11, Folder 14
Banquet Program Spring, 1975
Box 11, Folder 15
Membership Lists 1974-1975
Box 11, Folder 16
Treasurer's Files 1974-1975
Box 11, Folder 17
Research Awards 1974-1975
Box 11, Folder 18
Correspondence - Campus Chapter 1974-1975
Box 12, Folder 1
Correspondence - National and Newsletter 1974-1975
Box 12, Folder 2
Administrative Files 1974-1975
Box 12, Folder 3
Manual of Procedure 1974-1975
Box 12, Folder 4
Membership Lists and Records of Local Support 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 5
Initiation Spring, 1976
Box 12, Folder 6
Treasurer's Files 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 7
Research Awards 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 8
Undergraduate Research Recognition 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 9
Faculty Research Grants 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 10
Administrative File 1975-1976
Box 12, Folder 11
Banquet Program Spring, 1977
Box 12, Folder 12
Membership List 1976-1977
Box 12, Folder 13
Research Awards 1976-1977
Box 12, Folder 14
Undergraduate Research Recognition 1976-1977
Box 12, Folder 15
Administrative File 1976-1977
Box 12, Folder 16
Lecture and Banquet Announcements and Programs 1977-1978
Box 12, Folder 17
Administrative File 1977-1978
Box 12, Folder 18
Administrative File 1978-1979
Box 12, Folder 19
Administrative File 1979-1980
Box 12, Folder 20
Administrative Files, circa 1970s
Box 12, Folder 21
Minutes and Reports 1980-1981
Box 12, Folder 22
Correspondence 1980-1981
Box 12, Folder 23
Membership List 1981-1982
Box 12, Folder 24
Correspondence 1981-1982
Half box 13, Folder 1
Membership Lists 1982-1983
Half box 13, Folder 2
Correspondence 1982-1983
Half box 13, Folder 3
Bulletin and Banquet Program 1984-1985
Half box 13, Folder 4
Clipping 1985-1986
Half box 13, Folder 5
Banquet Program Spring, 1989
Half box 13, Folder 6
Membership List 1991-1992
Half box 13, Folder 7
Correspondence 1991-1992
Half box 13, Folder 8
Book of Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium April, 1992
Half box 13, Folder 9
Book of Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium April, 1993
Half box 13, Folder 10
Book of Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium April, 1994
Half box 13, Folder 11
Book of Abstracts, Undergraduate Research Symposium April, 1995
Half box 13, Folder 12
Initiation Banquet programs 1966, 1982-1991
Half box 13, Folder 13
Memos 1966-1974
Half box 13, Folder 14
Position Paper from the discussion group on "The Role of the University in Society" undated
Half box 13, Folder 15
Publiv Lecture announcements 1968-1972
Half box 13, Folder 16

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, North Carolina State University Chapter Records, UA 021.495, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.