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Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS112
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.

Dates

  • 1920s - 2012

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Extent

5 Cubic Feet (5 cartons)

Overview

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.

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.

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.

Related Materials

Mss51 Sigma Theta Tau International Records, 1920-2016, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis.

  • Mss51 Sigma Theta Tau International Records, 1920-2016, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, IUPUI University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis.
  • “The 1920s: Historical Background and Alpha Chapter.” Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence: Histories of the Early Sigma Theta Tau Chapters, Center for Nursing Press, 1997.
  • Watts, Nell. The Adventurous Years: Leaders in Action 1973-1993, Center for Nursing Press: Indianapolis, 1997.
  • Vision of 75 Years: An Anniversary Celebration 1922-1997, Center for Nursing Press: Indianapolis, 1997.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International—Alpha Chapter Website: http://alpha.nursingsociety.org/home
Title
Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Chapter Records, 1920s-2012 MSS112
Status
completed
Author
Courtney Rookard
Date
2017-10
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the General Collections Repository

Contact:
IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA
317-274-4064