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Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records

 Collection
Identifier: 2009-024

Scope and Content

The Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records contain bound proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma. The materials in this collection were collected and maintained by Gary D. Anderson, a longtime active member of Alpha Chi Sigma who served on the fraternity's Grand Chapter.

The proceedings in this collection document the annual activities of Alpha Chi Sigma's Grand Chapter between 1985 and 2010, which include, but are not limited to, Grand Chapter business, actions of the Supreme Council, constitution and by-law matters, financial matters, and the management of the Alpha Chi Sigma Educational Foundation. To a lesser extent, they also document Gary D. Anderson's activities on Alpha Chi Sigma's Grand Chapter, which include his involvement in founding the Marshall University Chapter, and serving as the Grand Chapter's Grand Master of Ceremonies, Grand Collegiate Alchemist, and Grand Master Alchemist.

Dates

  • 1985-2010

Creator

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

Copyright Information

The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Background Note

Alpha Chi Sigma is an American professional chemistry fraternity. The fraternity was founded in 1902 by a group of undergraduate chemistry students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alpha Chi Sigma's membership grew after its founding, which led it to incorporate as a national fraternity in 1904 and to hold its first national Biennial Conclave in 1908. Originally founded for students at colleges and universities, it evolved into a professional fraternity during the 1910s and 1920s, which it accomplished by opening its membership to alumni (1910) and chemistry professionals (1922).

Currently headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Alpha Chi Sigma seeks to bring together and support the endeavors of students and professionals in a wide variety of chemistry related careers. To recognize excellence by chemistry professionals, it supports the American Chemical Society Award for Pure Chemistry (established 1939) and presents the John R. Kuebler Award (established 1966). Over the course of its existence, Alpha Chi Sigma's membership has included twenty-one Nobel Laureates, including Linus Pauling, Glenn T. Seaborg, Paul J. Flory, and Alan MacDiarmid. The fraternity has also counted a number of other prominent chemistry professionals as members, including, but not limited to, Arnold O. Beckman, Willard H. Dow, Donald F. Othmer, and John D. Roberts.

Alpha Chi Sigma's Grand Chapter serves as the fraternity's legislative body, which controls its operations. Its membership consists of Grand Chapter Officers, District Counselors, Professional Representatives, Master Alchemist of each collegiate chapter, and Presidents of each professional chapter. When the Grand Chapter meets at the Biennial Conclave, individual chapters are represented by elected delegates. The Grand Chapter decides how business is to be conducted, amends the fraternity's constitution and by-laws, and conducts other business as needed. The Grand Chapter is also responsible for electing the fraternity's Supreme Council.

Sources

Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Extent

4.2 Linear Feet (3 Record Boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Bound proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma, an American professional chemistry fraternity. The materials in this collection were collected and maintained by Gary D. Anderson, a Professor of Chemistry at Marshall University and a longtime active member of Alpha Chi Sigma who served on the fraternity's Grand Chapter.

Acquisition Information

The Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Gary D. Anderson in June 2009.

Related Materials

There are seven other known Alpha Chi Sigma collections preserved at the date of processing:

  1. Alpha Chi Sigma Records - University of Oklahoma Western History Collections, Norman, Oklahoma.
  2. Alpha Chi Sigma Alpha Chapter Records - University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives and Records Management, Madison Wisconsin.
  3. Alpha Chi Sigma Beta Chapter Records - University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  4. Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity Files - University of New Hampshire Special Collections and Archives, Durham, New Hampshire.
  5. Alpha Chi Sigma Rho Chapter Records - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Archives and Records Service, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  6. Alpha Chi Sigma Zeta Chapter Records - Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
  7. Alpha Chi Sigma Zeta Chapter Records - University of Illinois Archives, Urbana, Illinois.

Processing Information

The Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records were processed by Kenton G. Jaehnig in April 2018.

Title
Alpha Chi Sigma Grand Chapter Records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created and encoded into EAD by Kenton G. Jaehnig.
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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