Skip to main content

Sigma Xi Society records

Identifier: 6SH-Sigma Xi

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of the records of the Sigma Xi Society, or The Scientific Research Honor Society, and specifically the Wellesley Chapter established in 1938, dating from 1937-1977. Consists of three series: Series. I Society administration and activities (1937 January-1977) includes records of the chartering and installation of the Wellesley Chapter, the Chapter’s Constitution, requirements for elections, and membership structure, and meeting materials, records of events, Manual of Procedure, publications, committee records, and records of members accomplishments. Series II. Membership, nominations and elections (1938-1977) includes records of nominees and their credentials, membership lists and records of pledges and initiations, and election records. Series III. Secretary’s records and meeting minutes (1938-1976) includes minutes taken at Chapter meetings and Executive Committee meetings and other records of the Chapter Secretary.


  • 1937-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at or by phone at (781) 283-3745.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wellesley College Archives welcomes researchers to use materials in the public domain, to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law, and to request permission to use works whose copyright is held by Wellesley College. All materials from the Archives, regardless of copyright status, should be attributed to the Wellesley College Archives, Library and Technology Services when cited, quoted, or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society is an international society focused on science and engineering. The Society was founded at Cornell University in 1886, and the first five women were elected to the Society the next year, in 1887. The Wellesley College Chapter of Sigma Xi was established in May, 1938. The election of full and associate members to Sigma Xi took place during Honors Convocation (also referred to as Honors Chapel). Full membership was granted to faculty members to recognize exemplary research work in any of the sciences. Associate membership was granted to Graduate Assistants and students who conducted independent work in more than one science.


2.0 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection is physically maintained in original order. Collection is intellectually arranged in three series: Series I. Society administration and activities (1937 January-1977), Series II. Membership, nominations and elections (1938-1977), Series III. Secretary's records and meeting minutes (1938-1976).
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. Wellesley College Chapter. Sigma Xi Society records, 1937-1977: a guide
File-level description by Student Assistant Sophia Pechaty, collection-level description by Natalia Gutierrez-Jones, Project Archivist.
March 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository