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Kathleen M. Desmond Trahanovsky Papers

Identifier: RS 13/6/58

  • Staff Only

Scope and Content

This collection (1942-1990) contains correspondence, surveys, reports, newsletters, agendas, and printed materials regarding Trahanovsky’s work at Iowa State University. The papers also include materials regarding her involvement with the American Chemical Society, Iota Sigma Pi, Science Bound, and other professional organizations.


  • 1942-2006

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Access Restrictions

Open for research. This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the department at least 3 working days in advance.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Kathleen M. Desmond Trahanovsky was born 19 September 1939 in Lowell, Massachusetts. She received her A.B. (1960) in Chemistry from Emmanuel College in Boston and her M.S. (1962) and Ph.D. (1969) in Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University. Her M.S. thesis was “Relative Reactivities of Some Hydrocarbons in Reactions with N-Bromosuccinimide” and her Ph.D. thesis was “Electron Spin Resonance Studies of Some o-Naphthosemiquinones and Cyclic Unsaturated Semidones.” Since 1960, Trahanovsky has been teaching in the Iowa State University Chemistry Dept. and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Trahanovsky is a member of several professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, Iota Sigma Pi, the Association for Women in Science, and Sigma Xi. Within the American Chemical Society she has been extremely active with the Women Chemists Committee serving as Chair, 1989-1991 and on numerous committees.


19.74 Linear Feet (47 document boxes)


This collection is arranged chronologically in six series:

Series 1: Iowa State University, 1975-1992

Series 2: American Chemical Society, 1976-1995

Series 3: American Chemical Society, Women Chemists Committee, 1977-1995

Series 4: Iota Sigma Pi, 1942-1987.

Series 5: Science Bound, 1994-2001, undated

Series 6: Professional Associations, 1994-2004, undated

Physical Location

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections and University Archives at least 3 working days in advance.

Items in related collections

RS 13/6. Iowa State University. Department of Chemistry records, 1883-2014

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 13/6/58. Kathleen M. Desmond Trahanovsky Papers, 1942-2006
July 1, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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