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Iota Sigma Pi records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0321

Scope and Content

Series 1, Constitution and by-laws, contains original and revised versions of the Iota Sigma Pi constitution and by-laws from 1918-1972.

Series 2, History and rituals, contains the history publications of the organization and also includes revisions of the history and the revised initiation ritual.

Series 3, The Iotan, contains fifty-years of The Iotan, the Iota Sigma Pi newsletter, which conveys information about various chapters, individual members, and events.

Series 4, Membership, includes mailing lists, membership lists, mailing labels, and honorary membership information.

Series 5, Correspondence, contains general and chapter correspondence, detailing the administrative and programmatic activities of the organization.

Series 6, Financial records, contains dues lists, financial records and supply records.

Series 7, Administrative records, contains on award nominations, reports, membership directories, and operational guides.

Series 8, Meetings, contains Iota Sigma Pi convention agendas, handbooks and reports. The conventions, held every three years, date from 1918 through 2002. These records illustrate conference logistics and program interests.

Series 9, Chapter records, contains records, reports and correspondence for various chapters of Iota Sigma Pi.

Series 10, Printed materials, contains published newsletters by chapters and related organizations, as well as brochures, newspaper clippings, and scientific journal articles.

Series 11, Photographs, includes images (black and white, color, and slides) of chapter meetings, national officers and individual members.

Series 12, Marian College records, is connected with Iota Sigma Pi's Historian (1972-1999), Sr. Mary Rose Stockton, and her work at Marian College with the establishment and operation of the Cobalt Chapter, and the Student Affiliates group of the American Chemical Society. The records include the applications to Iota Sigma Pi for the chapter's charter (1930-1966), American Chemical Society correspondence, Iota Sigma Pi correspondence, regional meetings and programs prints of Student Affiliate/ACS meetings, and personal photographs of the family of Sr. Mary Rose.

Series 13, Artifacts, includes mugs, posters, seal presses and various other Iota Sigma Pi artifacts.

National organizations can provide invaluable evidence in the scholarly study of women in science. They provide documentation on the activities, priorities, and recognition that women scientists created for themselves in their own organizations, outside of the male-dominated scientific mainstream.


  • 1900-2011


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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


The Iota Sigma Pi is a national honorary society for women in chemistry. The first chapter in the country was started in 1902 at the University of California at Berkeley and Iota Sigma Pi was organized on a nation-wide basis in 1916. Each chapter is named after a chemical element such as nitrogen or palladium. The group's 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. Iota Sigma Pi currently has approximately 41 chapters in 22 states and the District of Columbia. It sponsors conferences and meetings, and provides awards and scholarships to women researchers and students in chemistry.

The Garvan Medal Award (given by the American Chemical Society to an outstanding woman chemist) winners, who were also members of Iota Sigma Pi, include the following: Emma Perry Carr (1937); Agnes Fay Morgan (1949); Pauline Berry Mack (1950); Allene R. Jeanes (1956); Ruth Benerito (1970); Mary L. Good (1973); Helen M. Free (1980); Ines Mandl (1983); and Darleane C. Hoffman (1990). National Honorary Members (for life) of Iota Sigma Pi include Marie Sklowdowska Curie (1921); Florence Rena Sabin (1935); Icie Macy Hoobler (1949); Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1966); Rosalind Franklin (1982-posthumous); and Mildred Cohn (1988).

The current historian (1989-present ) for Iota Sigma Pi is Dr. Anne Sherren.


26.53 Linear Feet (27 document boxes, 1 half-document box and 10 records center cartons)


The collection is organized into thirteen series:

Series 1, Constitution and by-laws, 1918-1998, undated (chronological)

Series 2, History and rituals, 1924-1978, undated (chronological)

Series 3, The Iotan, 1941-2011 (chronological)

Series 4, Membership records, 1921-1999, undated (chronological)

Series 5, Correspondence, 1942-1999, undated (chronological)

Series 6, Financial records, 1968-1999(chronological)

Series 7, Administrative records, 1919-2001, undated (chronological)

Series 8, Meetings, 1918-2002, undated (chronological)

Series 9, Chapter records, 1900-2001(alphabetical)

Series 10, Printed materials, 1930-2001, undated (chronological)

Series 11, Photographs, 1916-1998, undated (chronological)

Series 12, Marian College records, 1910-1999, undated (chronological)

Series 13, Artifacts, 2002, undated (chronological)

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0321. Iota Sigma Pi records, 1900-2011
December 12, 2018
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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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