Sigma Xi, Kansas State University chapter, records

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Sigma Xi, Kansas State University chapter, records


  • 1923–2012 (Creation)


4.50 Linear Feet

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Administrative history

The history of Sigma Xi can be divided into three clear sections: 1. The unorganized group met on an irregular basis with changing purposes (1919-1923), 2. From 1923-1928, the group conducted formal, regular meetings of which documents are contained in this collection, 3. 1928-Present.The Constitution and By-Laws were formed and submitted to the Society of Sigma Xi, approved, and in 1928, the organization was officially installed on campus. Their motto was to be “Companions in Zealous Research.”
Members of noteable importance from the first document meetings in 1923 are Julius Willard, James Ackert, H.H. King, L.E. Call. Other esteemed alumni of the organization are R.I. Throckmorton, A.B.Cardwell, L.D. Bushnell, H.H. Haymaker, R.A. Seaton, F.D. Farrell,

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Scope and content

This collection documents the history of the Sigma Xi honorary society at Kansas State University and includes the following records: check register (1963–1983); secretary records that contain member lists, committee records, meeting minutes, correspondence, and election data (1923-1924 to 1964-1965, 1967-1968 to 1980-1981, and 1986-1987); membership lists (paper: 1936-1937 to 1984-1985, 1996-1997 to 1997-1998, and 2004-2005; digital: 1992-1993 to 1996-1997, 2000-2001, and 2004-2005); annual reports (1998, 2005); chapter information; historical data; and some correspondence with the national organization. Additional digital content includes award recipients, membership lists, committee minutes, executive minutes, banquet programs, and calendars (1992-1993 to 1996-1997, 2000-2001, and 2004-2005).

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Materials arranged by series.

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No access restriction: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

Records normally given by officers of organization on specified dates in most instances. The final accession (U2015.11) was in the archives for an unknown length of time before formal accessioning and likely had been given by chapter officer Michael Finnegan. Accession numbers include U2015.05, U2015.07, and U2015.11.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Sigma Xi, Kansas State University chapter
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20150116

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Materials document activities of the local chapter of scientific honor society Sigma Xi, which provide a better understanding of academic faculty experiences at Kansas State University.


01/28/2015; 02/02/2015.

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Related archival materials

Related Materials: Related materials can be found in Box 14 of the Julius T. Willard papers, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Sigma Xi records, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Abby Kopp and Cliff Hight
Processing Info: Student assistant Abby Kopp and university archivist Cliff Hight processed this collection in 2015.
Publication Date: 2015-11-16

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