Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter Records, 1920s-2012

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Creator: Sigma Theta Tau International. Alpha Chapter
Creator: Sigma Theta Tau International
Title: Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter Records
Collection No.: MSS112
Dates: 1920s - 2012
Quantity:

Quantity: 5 cubic feet

Quantity: 5 cartons

Abstract: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is an honor society for nurses committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide. STTI is a society of nursing leaders who are active in research, education, and practice in the field. As an honor society, it recognizes those who excel in their field and emphasizes the importance of continued professional enhancement. Alpha Chapter, at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the founding chapter of STTI.
Language: English
Repository: IUPUI General Collections
IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis, IN 46202
speccoll@iupui.edu
URL: http://www.ulib.iupui.edu/special

Historical Note

Sigma Theta Tau International-Alpha Chapter is the founding chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) organization. STTI is an honor society for nurses committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide. As an honor society, it recognizes those who excel in their field and emphasizes the importance of continued professional enhancement.

The Indiana University Training School for Nurses first began in 1914 with the opening of the Robert W. Long Hospital on what is now the campus of IUPUI. In 1922 six nursing students received permission from the school's director, Ehtel Palmer Clarke, to form an organization to recognize and encourage scholarship and high achievement.

Dorothy Garrigus Adams, Elizabeth Russell Belford, Edith Moore Copeland, Marie Hippensteel Lingeman, Elizabeth McWilliams Miller, and Mary Tolle Wright conceptualized an honor society for nurses to recognize their achievement. The requirements of Ethel P. Clarke set the stage for a professional society located at universities based on academic scholarship. The students, with the assistance of Dorothy and C. Severin Buschmann, obtained approval for the society from the Indiana Secretary of State on October 5, 1922. The first induction ceremony for Alpha Chapter of STTI was held on October 16, 1922.

At the time of the first Biennial Convention in 1929, STTI had two chapters: Alpha (Indiana University School of Nursing) and Beta (Washington University at St. Louis). Members elected to the first Grand Council of Officers were from both chapters.

Alpha Chapter has embraced its role as the founding chapter and continues to provide leadership to members and other chapters.

"We have a long and distinguished history of providing leadership to the nursing profession, including supporting nursing service, scholarship and education by awarding members with nursing scholarships, supporting research grants, and recognizing contributions of stellar nursing leaders." (Sigma Theta Tau International—Alpha Chapter Website)

Conventions (co)hosted by Alpha Chapter 1st National Convention, 1929 6th National Convention, 1939 12th National Convention, 1954 22nd Biennial Convention, 1973 (50th Anniversary Convention) 28th Biennial Convention, 1985 30th Biennial Convention, 1989 32nd Biennial Convention, 1993 34th Biennial Convention, 1997 (75th Anniversary Convention) 36th Biennial Convention, 2001 38th Biennial Convention, 2005 40th Biennial Convention, 2009 42nd Biennial Convention, 2013 44th Biennial Convention, 2017

STTI Notables from Alpha Chapter Dr. Mildred Adams Dorothy Ford Buschmann Dr. Frances Cleary Nancy Dickenson-Hazard Rebecca Markel Dr. Angela Barron McBride Nell Watts

Organizational Structure Alpha Chapter has committees for different tasks/areas that report to the Executive Committee or Executive Board (the name has changed over the years). In addition to regular meetings, the Executive Board has Business/Program meetings and an annual meeting throughout the year.

In 1982-1983, STTI divided into regions of governance in the United States to coordinate programs in various geographic areas and to allow members to meet in the year between the Biennial Convention. Since then, chapters have been grouped into global regions, with the North American region further divided into geographic regions. Alpha Chapter is in Region 9 in the North American region.

Scope and Contents

Minutes, 1932-2008 Include minutes and agendas from the Executive Board/Committee meetings, the annual meetings, and the Business/Program meetings of the chapter.

Committee Files, 1955-2008 Contain records of the committees organized to help manage the various tasks and activities of the chapter, including membership, award recognition, research, and scholarship.

Administrative Records, 1922-2012 Contain material related to the chapter running smoothly. Includes bylaw iterations, annual reports, correspondence, finances, membership, awards, and applications for grants or positions.

History Records, 1922-2009 These consist of material related to the history of the chapter, including induction programs and officer and president lists.

Publications, 1946-2008 The majority of this series concerns the chapter newsletter, with a folder about the chapter "Citation" monograph.

Photographs, 1920s-2001 Consist of historical photographs of Alpha Chapter and STTI, including induction ceremonies, new member groups, and the Indiana University School of Nursing.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Related Materials

MSS051 Sigma Theta Tau International Records, 1920-2016, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sigma Theta Tau International—Alpha Chapter Records, 1920s-2012, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Chapter, Indianapolis, IN, July 2016, 2016/17-002. Processed by Courtney Rookard, October 2017.

Bibliography

Collection Inventory

Series:

Minutes , 1932-2008

Language: English

box 1
folder 1
Annual/Business/Program Meetings , 1963-1976

Language: English

box 1
folder 2
Annual/Business/Program Meetings , 1975-1979

Language: English

box 1
folder 3
Annual/Business/Program Meetings , 1980-1991

Language: English

box 1
folder 4
Chapter Meetings , 1932-1940

Language: English

box 1
folder 5
Chapter Member Notes , 1934-1960

Language: English

box 1
folder 6
Chapter Meetings , 1950-1963

Language: English

box 1
folder 7
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1955-1969

Language: English

box 1
folder 8
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1970-1972

Language: English

box 1
folder 9
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1971-1975

Language: English

box 1
folder 10
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1973-1975

Language: English

box 1
folder 11
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1976-1979

Language: English

box 1
folder 12
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1980-1985

Language: English

box 1
folder 13
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1986-1989

Language: English

box 1
folder 14
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1990-1993

Language: English

box 1
folder 15
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 1994-1999

Language: English

box 1
folder 16
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 2000-2003

Language: English

box 1
folder 17
Executive Board/Committee Meetings , 2004-2008

Language: English

Series:

Committee Records , 1955-2008

Language: English

box 1
folder 18
Archives Heritage Committee , 1966-1991

Language: English

box 1
folder 19
Committee Rosters , 1962-1979

Language: English

box 1
folder 20
Committees , 1972-1991

Language: English

box 1
folder 21
Eligibility Committee , 1969-1977

Language: English

box 1
folder 22
Eligibility Committee , 1971-1985

Language: English

box 1
folder 23
Eligibility Committee , 1986-1988

Language: English

box 1
folder 24
Eligibility Committee , 1990 - 1994, 1998

Language: English

box 1
folder 25
Nominating Committee , 1961-1978

Language: English

box 1
folder 26
Nominations Committee , 1980-1993

Language: English

box 1
folder 27
Program Committee , 1969-1980

Language: English

box 1
folder 28
Program Committee , 1983-1993

Language: English

box 1
folder 29
Program Committee—Research Luncheon , 1977-1982

Language: English

box 2
folder 1
Publication Committee , 1968-1974

Language: English

box 2
folder 2
Publicity Committee , 1979-1991

Language: English

box 2
folder 3
Recognition Committee , 1979-1989

Language: English

box 2
folder 4
Recognition Committee—Nominations and Awards , 1990-2001

Language: English

box 2
folder 5
Research Committee , 1977-1986

Language: English

box 2
folder 6
Research Committee , 1987-1991

Language: English

box 2
folder 7
Research Committee , 1992 - 1994, 2008

Language: English

box 2
folder 8
Scholarship Committee , 1955-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 9
Scholarship Committee , 1960-1976

Language: English

box 2
folder 10
Scholarship Committee , 1987-1993

Language: English

box 2
folder 11
Scholarship and Scholastic Committee (1) , 1966-1977

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 1 of 2

box 2
folder 12
Scholarship and Scholastic Committee (2) , 1966-1977

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 2 of 2

Series:

Administrative Records , 1922-2012

Language: English

box 2
folder 13
Alpha as Mentor Chapter , 1988-1990

Language: English

box 2
folder 14
Archivist Functions , 1983

Language: English

box 2
folder 15
Articles of Incorporation , 1922, 1955

Language: English

box 2
folder 16
Association of College Honor Societies , ca. 1967

Language: English

box 2
folder 17
Auditor's Reports , 1961-1975

Language: English

box 2
folder 18
Awards and Honors Given , 1956-1977

Language: English

box 2
folder 19
Biennial Convention , 1973, 1977, 2001, 2007

Language: English

box 2
folder 20
30th Biennial Convention , 1989

Language: English

box 2
folder 21
Bylaws , 1966-1978

Language: English

box 2
folder 22
Bylaws , 1979-1990

Language: English

box 2
folder 23
Bylaws , 1994-2009

Language: English

box 2
folder 24
Bylaws Revisions , 1971-1973

Language: English

box 2
folder 25
Career Survey , 2008

Language: English

box 2
folder 26
Chapter Annual Reports , 1958-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 27
Chapter Annual Reports , 1977-1995

Language: English

box 2
folder 28
Chapter Annual Reports , 1999-2002

Language: English

box 2
folder 29
Chapter Archives , 1987-1990

Language: English

box 2
folder 30
Chapter Biennial Reports , 1961-1991

Language: English

box 2
folder 31
Chapter Budget , 1970-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 32
Chapter Election , 2008

Language: English

box 2
folder 33
Chapter President , 1975-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 34
Chapter Treasurer Records , 1934-1954

Language: English

box 2
folder 35
Chapter Treasurer Records , 1954-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 36
Chapter Webpage , 1999

Language: English

box 2
folder 37
Communication , 1967-1976

Language: English

box 2
folder 38
Constitution and Bylaws , 1946-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 39
Correspondence , 1972-1979

Language: English

box 2
folder 40
Correspondence , 1980-1981

Language: English

box 2
folder 41
Correspondence , 1982-1983

Language: English

box 3
folder 1
Correspondence , 1984-1987

Language: English

box 3
folder 2
Correspondence , 1988-1993

Language: English

box 3
folder 3
Correspondence , 2003-2008

Language: English

box 3
folder 4
Correspondence From National , 1986-1988

Language: English

box 3
folder 5
Fall Applications , 2007

Language: English

box 3
folder 6
Financial Ledger , 1935-1947

Language: English

box 3
folder 7
Financial Ledger , 1947-1958

Language: English

box 3
folder 8
Financial Ledger , 1958-1964

Language: English

box 3
folder 9
Financial Ledger , 1964-1970

Language: English

box 3
folder 10
Financial Ledger , 1970-1977

Language: English

box 3
folder 11
Financial Notebook , 1972-1973

Language: English

box 3
folder 12
Financial Reports , 1972-1988

Language: English

box 3
folder 13
Financial Reports , 1988-2007

Language: English

box 3
folder 14
Financial Statements , 1986-2012

Language: English

box 3
folder 15
Future Planning , 2006-2008

Language: English

box 3
folder 16
Guidelines for Chapter Administration and Governance , 2001

Language: English

box 3
folder 17
Guidelines for Chapter Policies and Procedures , 1987

Language: English

box 3
folder 18
Guidelines for Historical Materials , ca. 1987

Language: English

box 3
folder 19
Handbook , 1966-1972

Language: English

box 3
folder 20
Helene Fuld Faculty Scholars Grant , 1995

Language: English

box 3
folder 21
Indiana Officers Council , 1981

Language: English

box 3
folder 22
Induction Ceremonies , 1972-1989

Language: English

box 3
folder 23
Insignias and Rituals , 1973-1987

Language: English

box 3
folder 24
Insurance , 1998, 2006

Language: English

box 3
folder 25
Lifetime Membership , 1971-1975

Language: English

box 3
folder 26
Lifetime Membership Problems , 1986-1989

Language: English

box 3
folder 27
Meeting on Writing Skills Workshop , 1980

Language: English

box 3
folder 28
Membership , 1970-2008

Language: English

box 3
folder 29
Membership and Faculty Counselors , 1972-1976

Language: English

box 3
folder 30
Membership—Honor Roll of Members , 1999 July 1

Language: English

box 3
folder 31
Membership Lists , 1971-1990

Language: English

box 3
folder 32
Membership Lists , 1979-2010

Language: English

box 3
folder 33
Membership Recruitment , 2000-2008

Language: English

box 3
folder 34
Miscellaneous , 1974-2010

Language: English

box 3
folder 35
National Awards , 1985

Language: English

box 3
folder 36
New Member Ideas , 2003-2004

Language: English

box 3
folder 37
Nurse Leader Applications , 2007

Language: English

box 4
folder 1
Nurse Leader Applications (1) , 2008

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 1 of 2

box 4
folder 2
Nurse Leader Applications (2) , 2008

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 2 of 2

box 4
folder 3
Programs—Education Conferences , 1970-1977

Language: English

box 4
folder 4
Programs—Education Seminar , 1970

Language: English

box 4
folder 5
Programs—Research Sessions , 1968-1982

Language: English

box 4
folder 6
Recording Secretary , 1950-1976

Language: English

box 4
folder 7
Region 4 Material , 1987-1988

Language: English

box 4
folder 8
Reports and Member Checks , 2006-2008

Language: English

box 4
folder 9
Research Grant Applications , 1972-1978

Language: English

box 4
folder 10
Research Grants Awarded , 1972-1978

Language: English

box 4
folder 11
Research Luncheon , 1977-1979

Language: English

box 4
folder 12
Research Reports , ca. 1978

Language: English

box 4
folder 13
Safety Deposit Box , 1969-1971

Language: English

box 4
folder 14
STTI Award Nomination for Rebecca Markel , 1993

Language: English

box 4
folder 15
Spring Induction—Correspondence (1) , 2008

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 1 of 2

box 4
folder 16
Spring Induction—Correspondence (2) , 2008

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 2 of 2

box 4
folder 17
Strategic Plan , 2005

Language: English

box 4
folder 18
Tax Documents , 1954-1973

Language: English

box 4
folder 19
Tax Documents , 1985-1993

Language: English

box 4
folder 20
Tax Documents , 1994-2005

Language: English

box 4
folder 21
Tax Documents , 2006-2012

Language: English

Series:

History Records , 1922-2009

Language: English

box 4
folder 22
Active Member Lists , 1936-1974

Language: English

box 4
folder 23
Alpha Chapter Award History , 1983-2001

Language: English

box 4
folder 24
80th Anniversary Celebration , 2002

Language: English

box 4
folder 25
Certificate of Commendation , 1983, 1993

Language: English

box 4
folder 26
Chapter Fact Sheet , 1989

Language: English

box 4
folder 27
Chapter Officer Lists , 1969-2009

Language: English

box 4
folder 28
Chapter Presidents , 1922-1996

Language: English

box 4
folder 29
Clippings , 1936-1974

Language: English

box 4
folder 30
Dean's Council Recognition , undated

Language: English

box 4
folder 31
Founders' Biographies and Interviews , 1922 - ca. 1980

Language: English

box 4
folder 32
"A Historical Overview of Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society of Nursing, 1922-1979", By Rebecca Markel , 1986

Language: English

box 4
folder 33
Historical Tribute to the Founders , 1980

Language: English

box 4
folder 34
History , 1922-1983

Language: English

box 4
folder 35
Induction Ceremony , 2007 April 20

Language: English

box 4
folder 36
Induction Lists , 1922-1979

Language: English

box 4
folder 37
Induction Programs , 1933-1941

Language: English

box 4
folder 38
Induction Programs , 1954-1972

Language: English

box 4
folder 39
Induction Programs , 1975-1982

Language: English

box 5
folder 1
Induction Programs , 1973-1991

Language: English

box 5
folder 2
Induction Programs , 1994-2008

Language: English

box 5
folder 3
Induction Signature Book , 1922-1966

Language: English

box 5
folder 4
Induction Signature Book , 1967-1972

Language: English

box 5
folder 5
Kelly Sakrison , 1981

Language: English

box 5
folder 6
Officer Rosters , 1933-1979

Language: English

box 5
folder 7
Proclamation for "Sigma Theta Tau, Inc. Day" , 1973 October 24

Language: English

box 5
folder 8
1920s STTI and Alpha Chapter History , 1997

Language: English

box 5
folder 9
STTI History , ca. 1989

Language: English

box 5
folder 10
Sigma Theta Tau Songs , undated

Language: English

box 5
folder 11
Yearly Programs , 1940-1978

Language: English

Series:

Publications , 1946-2008

Language: English

box 5
folder 12
Chapter Newsletter , 1946-1969

Language: English

box 5
folder 13
Chapter Newsletter , 1970-1979

Language: English

box 5
folder 14
Chapter Newsletter , 1980-1989

Language: English

box 5
folder 15
Chapter Newsletter , 1990-1999

Language: English

box 5
folder 16
Chapter Newsletter , 2000-2003

Language: English

box 5
folder 17
Chapter Newsletter , 2008

Language: English

box 5
folder 18
Chapter Newsletter—Correspondence , 2001-2002

Language: English

box 5
folder 19
"Citation" Monograph , 1969-1974

Language: English

Series:

Photographs , 1920s - 2001

Language: English

box 5
folder 20
Photographs , 1967-1968

Language: English

box 5
folder 21
Award Winners , 1993, 2001

Language: English

box 5
folder 22
32nd Biennial Convention , 1993

Language: English

box 5
folder 23
Burial of Founder Mary Tolle Wright at Arlington National Cemetery , 1999 June 21

Language: English

box 5
folder 24
Colloquium , 1968 April 15

Language: English

box 5
folder 25
Founders' History , undated

Language: English

box 5
folder 26
Indiana University School of Nursing , 1920s, undated

Language: English

box 5
folder 27
Indiana University School of Nursing (1) , undated

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 1 of 2

box 5
folder 28
Indiana University School of Nursing (2) , undated

Language: English

Arrangement: Folder 2 of 2

box 5
folder 29
Individual Awards , 1971-1972

Language: English

box 5
folder 30
Induction , 1961

Language: English

box 5
folder 31
Induction , 1962 May

Language: English

box 5
folder 32
Induction , 1969 May

Language: English

box 5
folder 33
Induction at Creighton University , 2001 October

Language: English

box 5
folder 34
Induction Ceremony , 1983 April 24

Language: English

box 5
folder 35
Induction Groups , 1963-1972

Language: English

box 5
folder 36
Lists , 1963-1971

Language: English

box 5
folder 37
Miscellaneous , undated

Language: English

box 5
folder 38
Officers , 1965-1970

Language: English

box 5
folder 39
Recognition Awards , 1991

Language: English

box 5
folder 40
Rose Bowl Support , 1968

Language: English

box 5
folder 41
Sigma Theta Tau Members , ca. 1972

Language: English

box 5
folder 42
Sigma Theta Tau Members , 1979-1980

Language: English

box 5
folder 43
University of Iowa , 1955

Language: English