Sigma XI Papers

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Sigma Xi Papers
Call Number: UA287
Dates: 1926-1961
Physical Description: 2.04 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Table of Contents:

Revision Information
Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Content List
Box 1 1926-1949
Box 2 1950-1956
Box 3 1956-1957
Box 4 1957-1959
Box 5 1959-1961; organizational documents
Box 6 Lectures, lists, and miscellaneous ephemera
Collection Overview
Title: Sigma Xi Papers
Call Number: UA287
Dates: 1926-1961
Physical Description: 2.04 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: University of Rochester Archives

Biographical/Historical Note
Sigma Xi is an academic fraternity founded at Cornell in 1886 to "to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering." Only universities that demonstrate a strong commitment to scientific research are eligible for their own chapters. Promising undergraduates are offered associate membership status and may be promoted to full membership based on their achievements.

A Sigma Xi chapter for Rochester was first proposed in 1909 due to the high proportion of University of Rochester students enrolled in science courses. The application process was formally begun by Professor Victor J. Chambers in 1916. By 1925, the establishment of the University of Rochester Medical Center brought in large numbers of faculty who had become members of Sigma Xi elsewhere, prompting the formation of a local club. The charter for a formal Sigma Xi chapter at Rochester was finally approved by the national organization in 1930.

Members of Sigma Xi met several times a year to demonstrate experiments and showcase research projects to their colleagues. A popular outside activity was the annual Junior Science lecture on Washington's birthday, which brought hundreds of high school students to the University of Rochester campus. The chapter also sponsored more advanced lectures by prominent scientists for the benefit of the general public. They remained active throughout World War II, although they held fewer meetings and focused more on military topics.

The Rochester chapter of Sigma Xi became inactive in 1999. Honorary societies still active at the University of Rochester are Phi Beta Kappa for the humanities and Tau Beta Pi for engineers.

Scope and Content
The papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, membership information, financial documents, printed ephemera, and other materials related to the first thirty-five years of the Rochester chapter's history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Sigma Xi Papers were received in May 1967 from Professor Arthur J. May.Access
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[Item title, item date], Sigma Xi Papers, UA287, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: University of Rochester Archives
Address: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14627-0055

Revision Information
May 2012: Updated by Eileen L. Fay.

Content List
Box 11926-1949
Box 1, Folder 11926-1931
Box 1, Folder 21932
Box 1, Folder 31933
Box 1, Folder 41934
Box 1, Folder 51935
Box 1, Folder 61936
Box 1, Folder 71937
Box 1, Folder 81938
Box 1, Folder 91939
Box 1, Folder 101940
Box 1, Folder 111941
Box 1, Folder 121942
Box 1, Folder 131943
Box 1, Folder 141944
Box 1, Folder 151945
Box 1, Folder 161946
Box 1, Folder 171947
Box 1, Folder 181948
Box 1, Folder 191949
Box 21950-1956
Box 2, Folder 11950
Box 2, Folder 21951
Box 2, Folder 31952
Box 2, Folder 41953
Box 2, Folder 51954
Box 2, Folder 61955
Box 2, Folder 71956
Box 2, Folder 8Constitution and by-laws, 1956
Box 2, Folder 9Correspondence, 1956-1957
Box 2, Folder 10Financial, 1956
Box 2, Folder 11IBM membership list, 1956
Box 2, Folder 12Initiation, 1956
Box 2, Folder 13Junior Scientists Day program, 1956
Box 31956-1957
Box 3, Folder 1Lectures, 1956
Box 3, Folder 2Meetings, 1956
Box 3, Folder 3Membership data, 1956
Box 3, Folder 4Sigma Xi Day, 1956
Box 3, Folder 5Transfer requests, 1956
Box 3, Folder 6Chapters and officers, 1957
Box 3, Folder 7Direct election to full membership, 1957
Box 3, Folder 8Election to associate membership, 1957
Box 3, Folder 9Election to full membership, 1957
Box 3, Folder 10Initiation, 1957
Box 3, Folder 11Lectures, 1957
Box 3, Folder 12Minutes and reports, 1957
Box 3, Folder 13New members acceptance, 1957
Box 3, Folder 14Nominations, 1957
Box 3, Folder 15Promotions to full membership, 1957
Box 3, Folder 16"Secretary's work folder", 1957
Box 41957-1959
Box 4, Folder 1Sigma Xi Day, 1957
Box 4, Folder 2Transfers, 1957
Box 3, Folder 3Business, 1957-1958
Box 4, Folder 41958
Box 4, Folder 5Correspondence and notes, 1958
Box 4, Folder 6Initiation, 1958
Box 4, Folder 7Nominee lists and ballots, 1958
Box 4, Folder 8"Nominees not voted in", 1958
Box 4, Folder 9Recommendations for associate membership, 1958
Box 4, Folder 10Recommendations for full membership, 1958
Box 4, Folder 11Recommendations for promotion
Box 4, Folder 121959
Box 2, Folder 13Correspondence, 1959
Box 4, Folder 14Correspondence re: Washington meeting, 1959
Box 4, Folder 15Financial, 1959
Box 4, Folder 16Membership committee, 1959
Box 4, Folder 17Nominations, 1959
Box 51959-1961; organizational documents
Box 5, Folder 1Recommendations for associate membership, 1959
Box 5, Folder 2Recommendations for full membership, 1959
Box 5, Folder 3Sigma Xi Day, 1959
Box 5, Folder 4Sigma Xi dues, 1959
Box 5, Folder 51960
Box 5, Folder 6Correspondence, 1960
Box 5, Folder 7Financial, 1960
Box 5, Folder 8Meetings and notices, 1960
Box 5, Folder 9Membership and nominations, 1960
Box 5, Folder 101961
Box 5, Folder 11Constitution and by-laws
Box 5, Folder 12Duties of chapter secretary
Box 6Lectures, lists, and miscellaneous ephemera
Box 6, Folder 1Lectures
Box 6, Folder 2Lists of Sigma Xi chapters and clubs
Box 6, Folder 3Miscellaneous
Flatfile 1Posters for upcoming lectures, 1957-1961

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