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Iowa State University Society Of Women Engineers Chapter records

 Record Group — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RS 22/5/0/9

Scope and Content

This collection (1975-[ongoing]) includes background information including mission statements and other material that is important in understanding the function of SWE; financial statements; correspondence which contains letters written by officers to society members, in addition to correspondence the organization received from companies; scholarship information such as applications and standards regarding some of the scholarships that SWE offers to its members; agendas and minutes from local meetings; and membership lists.

There are also publications containing newsletters and resume books produced by the ISU chapter of SWE and records documenting the activities of the chapter, including programs from the group's annual spring banquet, materials from trips that members make in order to educate high school students about engineering opportunities (for both men and women), excursions to plants, such as the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation, and conference trips.

The photographs include pictures of SWE members in the early 1980s at national conventions in Oakland, California and New York City.

Related collections include the Society of Women Engineers Records (national organization), which are housed at the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.


  • 1975-2011

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Iowa State chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has increased its size, sphere of activity, and value to its members and the public. They have over 185 members at Iowa State (1992 figure), who strive to satisfy the following objectives: To inform young women, their families, counselors, and the general public of the achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open the them; To assist women engineers in preparing themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement; To serve as a center of information on women in engineering; And to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement (see Box 1, Folder 1, Background information). Many SWE-sponsored scholarships are offered to women upon entering Iowa State to help achieve these goals. The organization meets weekly to discuss topics of interest and plan educational trips to high schools. Moreover, members attend national SWE conventions and take field trips to engineering firms to learn more about careers in the field.


7.3 Linear Feet (13 document boxes, 4 half-document boxes, 1 oversized box)

Items in related collections

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

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 22/5/0/9. Iowa State University Society Of Women Engineers Chapter records, 1975-2011
March 1, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
(515) 294-6672