Collection Number: 40196

Collection Title: Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract The Society of the Sigma Xi was founded at Cornell University in 1886 to encourage original research in the pure and applied sciences. The University of North Carolina Chapter was chartered on 30 December 1919 and held its first meeting on 26 May 1920. In addition to lectures held throughout the year, the main function of the chapter was the annual initiation ceremony held in conjunction with the annual meeting during the University's commencement week. Records of the University of North Carolina Chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi include correspondence with local members, prospective lecturers, and national Sigma Xi officials; membership nominations, acceptances, and rolls; lecture announcements; membership manuals; records related to the chapter's constitution and by-laws; and minutes of meetings. Also included are the charter of the chapter, society diplomas, and petitions for the establishment of new Sigma Xi chapters.
Creator Society of the Sigma Xi. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapter.
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40196, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Professor Hilton T. Goulson in 1974. Addition transferred by the Society of the Sigma Xi, May 2017 (RT 20170502.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Society of the Sigma Xi was founded at Cornell University in 1886 to encourage original research in the pure and applied sciences. The University of North Carolina Chapter was chartered on 30 December 1919 and held its first meeting on 26 May 1920. In addition to lectures held throughout the year, the main function of the chapter was the annual initiation ceremony held in conjunction with the annual meeting during the University's commencement week.

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Records of the University of North Carolina Chapter of the Society of the Sigma Xi consist largely of chronologically arrranged files including correspondence with local members, prospective lecturers, and national Sigma Xi officials; membership nominations, acceptances, and rolls; lecture announcements; membership manuals; records related to the chapter's constitution and by-laws; minutes of meetings; and materials related to the election of officers. In addition, there are society diplomas, 1927-1951; the society's record book, 1920-1952, which includes materials similar to those in the chronological files; petitions for the establishment of new Sigma Xi chapters, 1913-1965; and the original charter of the University of North Carolina Chapter.

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Box 1

Chronological files, 1915-1953 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 1

Box 2

Chronological files, 1954-1963 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 2

Society diplomas, 1927-1951 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 2

Twelve items.

Record book, 26 May 1920-15 May 1952 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 2

Petitions for the establishment of new chapters, 1913-1965 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 2

Printed petitions; arranged alphabetically by state: Alabama-Wisconsin.

Oversize Paper OP-40196/1

Charter, University of North Carolina Chapter of Sigma Xi, 30 December 1919 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." OP-40196/1

Box 3

Sigma Xi Quarterly, September 1920 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

Chapter constitution and by-laws, 1925-1958 and undated #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

Manuals, 1929, 1936, 1943-1952 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

Brochure, undated, and initiation reception program, 2013 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

Roll book, 1957-1982 #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

Roll book, 1983- #40196, Series: "Society of the Sigma Xi of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1913-2013." Box 3

RT 20170502.1.

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff, December 1974, December 1981

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Finding aid updated for addition, August 2017

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