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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative records

Committees

Officers

Publications

Printed Material

Activities

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi records, 1974-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Alamo Chapter.
Title: Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi records
Dates: 1974-2003
Bulk Dates: 1988-1897
Creator Abstract: Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. The Alamo Chapter aims to serve the entire San Antonio scientific community.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection consists of membership materials, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, guidebooks and newsletters.
Identification: MS 196
Extent: 3 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. Today, Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. Sigma Xi publishes American Scientist magazine, awards hundreds of grants annually to promising student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that serve science and society. Primary programmatic interests include research ethics, science and engineering education, the public understanding of science, international research networking and the overall health of the research enterprise.

The Charter for the Alamo Chapter was signed on June 6, 1977 as the 208th Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Research Society of North America. Five institutions (Southwest Research Institute, Trinity University, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio and University of Texas at San Antonio) were the founding institutions. The intent was to form a chapter which served the entire San Antonio scientific community.

Quarterly meetings are currently sponsored by Trinity University for the general membership and is open to anyone with interest in the scientific society. Each meeting features a speaker with a current scientific topic of general interest as well as a short business meeting.

Source: Sigma Xi web site: About: Overview, http://www.sigmaxi.org/about/overview/index.shtml and Alamo Chapter, http://www.sigmaxi.org/chapters/web/index.php?chapter_id=171

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1974-2003 with the bulk dates from 1988-1997 and is made up of six series: Administrative Records, Committees, Officers, Publications, Printed Material, and Activities.

The Administrative Records series includes correspondence and notes; meeting material consisting of meeting announcements, agendas and minutes from monthly, annual and other meetings.

The Committees series includes material relating to several different committees such as the Membership committee, Grant-in-Aid committee, and Admissions comittee and the material within these subseries includes membership lists; election and ballots material; membership nomination forms, applications and revisions; and directories.

The Officers series is comprised of newsletters, articles, correspondence and memos to and from officers, various forms, officers lists, and the administrative papers of various people.

The Publications series includes Sigma Xi publications and magazines.

The Printed Material series includes handbooks for both the Alamo Chapter and national chapter of Sigma Xi and related material such as updated information, a Mac disk containing backup material, a reference guide to officers, newsletters, clippings and other booklets.

The Activities series consists of material such as booklets, programs, memos, etc. that is related to forums, banquets, lectures, and other programs sponsured by Sigma Xi.

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Organization of Collection

1. Administrative Records
2. Committees
3. Officers
4. Publications
5. Printed Material
6. Activities

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Organizations
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Alamo Chapter.
Subjects
Science--Societies, etc.--Texas.
Greek letter societies.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Booklets
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Directories.
Guidebooks.
Magazines.
Membership lists.
Minutes.
Newsletters.
Programs.
Reports.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Science and Technology

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi at the date of accessioning.

The records of the national organization of Sigma Xi, 1928-2003, may be found under the call number MC 246, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi records, MS 196, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from William Batschelet and John Herbold in 2005 (Acc. 2005-032 and 2005-049).

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, October 2009.

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Inventory of the Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi records

 

Administrative records

Includes correspondence and notes; meeting material consisting of meeting announcements, agendas and minutes from monthly, annual and other meetings.
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 1 1988-1994 and undated
2 Bulk mailing samples, 1992
3 Memos, notes, receipts and correspondence, 1992 and undated
4 1996-1997 and undated
5 1996-1997 and undated
Meetings
Annual meetings
6 Centennial meeting - assorted, 1986-1988
7 Centennial year, 1974-1978 and 1986
8 1988
9-10 1989
11 1990
12 1991
13 1993
14 1994, 1992-1994
15 1995
16 1997
17 Monthly meetings, June and July 1989
18 Spring meeting, 1990
19 Alamo Chapter meeting, December 3, 1991
20 Alamo Chapter Spring meeting, 1992
21 Executive Committee and Admissions Committee meeting, September 8, 1992
22 Special meeting of the Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi, November 16, 1992
23 Sigma Xi announcements, Spring 1993
24 Sigma Xi Program, 1994-1995
25 Spring schedule meetings, Spring 1995
26 Alamo Chapter meeting, September 18, 1995
Reports
27 Audited financial statements, Treasurer's report, and report from Committee on audit review, June 30, 1989
28 "A Recommended Action Plan For Sigma Xi/Alaska For the Improvement of Undergraduate Science Education in Alaska," An Advisory Board Report, August 1989
29 "An Exploration of the Nature of Quality of Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, " A Report of the National Advisory Group of Sigma Xi, 1989
30 Annual report, 1992
31 "Science and Public Policy: Linking Users and Producers," March 12, 1993
32 Annual report, 1993-1994
33 Report from Regional Assembly, April 1994
34 Account activity, January 8, 1992-Augurst 31, 1992
35 Proposed amendments to the bylaws, 1994-1995
36 Petition for chapter status, 1994-1995 and undated
37 Announcements, 1994-1996
38 Agenda of the general session of the Assembly of Delegates, March 3-5, 1995
39 Fiscal year budget, 1995
40 San Antonio Council for the Cooperation of Engineering and Scientific Societies (SACCESS), 1996-1997 and undate
41 San Antonio Council for the Cooperation of Engineering and Scientific Societies, 1996 and undated
42 Sigma Xi fact sheet, undated
43-44 Letterhead, undated

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Committees

Includes material relating to several different committees such as the Membership committee, Grant-in-Aid committee, and Admissions comittee and the material within these subseries includes membership lists; election and ballots material; membership nomination forms, applications and revisions; and directories.
Box
1 Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity
45 Policy statement on diversity, August 20, 1993
Admissions Committee
46 Review of nominations for membership, October 31, 1996
47 Correspondence, undated
Grant-in-Aid Committee
48 Grant-in-Aid application, 1990 and undated
Membership
49 Address labels, 1987
50 Sigma Xi nomination forms request for computer service, 1989 and undated
51 Membership directory mailing list, 1992
52 Mailing list directory, 1992-1993
53 Memos, 1992-1997
54 Nominations for membership, 1993
55 New members, November 1, 1994
56 Membership admissions, 1994
57 Inactive membership list, 1994
Box Folder
2 1 Membership and dues study by national, 1994
2 Nomination for membership forms, 1994-1995
3 Initiation of new members and promotions, March 14, 1995
4 Membership certificate order form, 1995
5 Alamo Chapter initiates, 1995
6 Memos, 1995 and undated
7 Elections and ballots, 1995 and undated
8 New members nomination forms, 1995-1997
9 Sigma Xi membership ballot undated
10 Nomination profiles, undated
11 Membership, undated
12 Membership lists, undated
13 Member lists with explaination listing codes, undated
14 Membership certificate order forms, undated
15 Nomination for membership forms, undated
16-17 Lists, undated
18 Sigma Xi Officers and Committee members list, undated

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Officers

Comprised of newsletters, articles, correspondence and memos to and from officers, various forms, officers lists, and the administrative papers of various people.
Box
2 David Erwin
19 Sigma newsletters and articles, 1983-1991 and undated
20 Fall meeting - Alamo chapter, September 29, 1988
21 Sigma Xi moving 1988-1989
22 Letter addressed to specific person, 1988-1991
22 Proclamation of the State Board of Education advertising for bids on textbooks, 1989
23 To the Presidents of Sigma Xi and chapters and clubs/Sigma Xi Executive meetings, 1989-1990
24 To delegates that attended annual meetings, 1989-1990
25 Assorted files, 1989-1990
26 To the Presidents of Sigma Xi and chapters and clubs, 1989-1991
27 Applications, request forms, registration forms and receipts, 1989-1991 and undated
28 Programs and Sigma Xi newsletters, 1989-1991 and undated
29 Assorted files, 1989-1991
30 Handwritten notes, undated
31 Program committee, 1983-1988 and undated
Dr. Russell Burton
32 Membership committee material, 1983-1987 and undated
33 Publicity, 1985-1987 and undated
34 Executive committee, 1987-1988
35 Programs, 1987-1989
36 Assorted files, 1985-1989 and undated
37 Assorted files, 1988-1989 and undated
Speaker's Bureau
38 Mailing list, 1986
39 Science Education Goals survey, 1988
40 Carolyn Black, 1988 and undated
41 Assorted, 1988 and undated
42 Mary Ann Montague, Regional Director, 1994 and undated
43 Sigma Xi officer list and phone numbers, undated

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Publications

Includes Sigma Xi publications and magazines.
Box
2 Sigma Xi Publications
44 "Honor in Science," 1984
45 "A New Agenda For Science," 1987
46 "Sketches of the American Scientist," 1988
47 "Entry-Level Undergraduate Courses in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering: An Investment in Human Resources, " June 21-24, 1990
48 One Hundred Years of Science and Technology in Texas: A Sigma Xi Centennial Volume order form, undated
49 "Science and Mathematics Education, A Guide For Chapter and Clubs, undated"
Magazines
50 "The Mission," Vol. 18 No. 1, Spring 1991
51 "American Scientist, " January-February 1992
Other Publications
52 "All Ends Up" cartoons by S. Harris, 1980
53 "Allocating Federal Funds For Science and Technology, " 1995

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Printed Material

Includes handbooks for both the Alamo Chapter and national chapter of Sigma Xi and related material such as updated information, a Mac disk containing backup material, a reference guide to officers, newsletters, clippings and other booklets.
Box
3 Handbook
Alamo Chapter
1 Handbook - original, 1992-1993
2 Sigma Xi Handbook - corrections, 1992
3 Alamo Chapter of Sigma Xi handbook, 1992-1993
Alamo Chapter Handbook updating material
4 Officers' Handbook, 1992-1994
5 Update information for handbook, undated
6 Macintosh disk, undated
National
7 Officer's handbook, 1992-1994
8 Officer's handbook, 1994-1995
9 A Reference Guide to Chapter Officers, 1997-1998
10 Sigma Xi handbook, undated
11 Handbook For Members and Associate Members of Sigma Xi, undated
Newsletters
12 "Sigma Xi Newsletter" Alamo Chapter 1985-1994
13 "Sigma Xi Newsletter, " 1990-1992
14 "The Intercom, A Newsletter For Chapter and Club Officers," September 1992
15 Clippings, 1987-1995 and undated
16 San Pedro Creek series clippings, May 25, 2003
17 New Traditions - Program ideas for chapters and clubs of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, 1991
18 Network Presidents and Secretaries directory, 1992-1993
19 Network Presidnets and Secretaries directory, 1994-1995
20 Brochures, 1994 and undated
21 Sigma Xi booklet, undated
22 "New Traditions -Program Ideas For Chapters and Clubs of Sigma Xi," undated

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Activities

Consists of material such as booklets, programs, memos, etc. that is related to forums, banquets, lectures, and other programs sponsured by Sigma Xi.
Box
3 Forums
23 "Global Change and The Human Population, Science, Technology, and Equity," November 16-18, 1991
24 "Ethics, Values, and the Promise of Science, " February 25-26, 1993
25 "Scientists, Educators, and National Standards, Action of the Local Level, " April 14-15, 1994
26 "Scientists, Educators and National Standards Action at the Local Level," April 14-15, 1994
27 Sigma Xi Forum material 1995
Lectures
28 Atlanta Centennial Lectureship, April 5, 1986
29 Distinguished Scinetists Lecture series, February 27, 1994
Banquet
30 Spring Banquet, April 16, 1993
31 Sign in record book, 1993-1995
Other activities
32 "Science By-Mail" - Boston Museum of Science, 1989
33 "Themes in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Alaska, " 1988
34 Study of HIV Protease Inhibitors: An Evaluation of Anti-HIV drugs, November 8, 1994
35 Goland Award, 1997

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