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Sigma Xi - Swarthmore Chapter Records

Identifier: SFHL-RG6-P007

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various materials, including records related to membership, research funding, lectures, meetings, events, photographs, and paraphernalia created by both the national organization and the local chapter.


  • Creation: 1914 - 2005


Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open to all researchers.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. Inquire with the Curator regarding publication requests. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Sigma Xi is a scientific society for scientists and engineers, established at Cornell University in 1886. The name Sigma Xi (the Greek letters Σ and Ξ) stands for the Greek motto "Spoudon Xynones," or "Companions in Zealous Research."

Swarthmore's petition for chapter establishment was granted in 1923. Since then, the organization has provided funding for research projects, as well as countless lectures featuring prominent scientists. Any student who has produced a written document from a research project is eligible to join. According to the Swarthmore Sigma Xi website, "Disciplines that are covered by Sigma Xi society are: mathematics, statistics, engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and certain subfields of psychology and linguistics."


2 Linear Feet (4 document boxes)




The collection is arranged into three series: General Information (records created by the national organization), Swarthmore Chapter (records created by the local chapter), and Financial Records (created by the local chapter for both the national and local organization).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer by Deborah Bergstrand, then president of Swarthmore Sigma Xi, 2018.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Alison Sielaff in September of 2018.

Alison Sielaff
2018 September
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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