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Iota Sigma Pi. Aurum Chapter records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/5/0/8

Scope and Content

This collection (1920-1993, undated) documents the activities in which the Aurum Chapter sponsored or participated such as career-related workshops, meetings, and an annual fall picnic. It also provides an almost complete historical list of the members involved. Records from the earliest years of the Aurum Chapter, except for lists of initiates, are not available. The published organizational histories, however, do describe the early period. Starting in the 1970s, the records become more sparse, perhaps reflecting a less active chapter than was previously the case. These records are not separated by type. They are an assortment of records, labeled, "Chapter records," and organized by calendar year or academic year on each folder. The other series are self-explanatory. Although, it should it noted that "Awards: criteria and applications" folder contains materials pertaining to awards at the national level rather than the chapter level. The only award the Aurum Chapter sponsors is the Nellie Naylor Award. Some applications for this award can be found in "Chapter records, 1987-1988." There are also records from the national organization.


  • 1920-1993, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The lota Sigma Pi is a national honorary society for women in chemistry. The first chapter in the country was started at the University of California at Berkeley in 1900. Each chapter is named after a chemical element such as nitrogen or palladium. Their stated objectives are: 1) "to promote interest in chemistry among women students," 2) "to foster mutual advancement in academic, business, and social life," 3) "to stimulate personal accomplishments in chemical fields." Iowa State University's chapter, t he Aurum Chapter, was the tenth one to be founded in 1920. For a more complete history of the Aurum Chapter and the lota Sigma Pi as a whole, see "Organizational histories, Box 1, Folder 1.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)


The collection is arranged into two series:

Series 1: Iota Sigma Pi Records, 1960-1993, undated

Series 2: Aurum Chapter Records, 1984-1997, undated

Items in related collections

RS 22/5. Iowa State University. Student Organizations - Professional and Occupational Organizations records

Processing Information

Released on 2019-03-05.

RS 22/5/0/8. Iota Sigma Pi. Aurum Chapter records, 1920-1993, undated
March 5, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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