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Helen E. Grenga Papers

Helen E. Grenga Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Helen E. Grenga Papers
Identification: MS141
Date: 1963-1994 (bulk 1972-1983)
Size/Quantity: 2.4 linear feet (six document cases)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Grenga, Helen E., (Helen Eva), 1938-
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:As the first female engineering professor at Georgia Tech, Dr. Helen Grenga's role on campus was not only as a teacher, but as a mentor and a leader. This collection contains correspondence, class materials, project reports, publications and speeches.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Helen Grenga obtained her B.A. in Chemistry in 1960 from Shorter College and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1967. She was employed by the Food and Drug Administration for a few years until she began her career in academics.

When she was hired by Georgia Tech in 1963, she became the first female engineering professor. During this time, she served for a year as the president of the Society of Women Engineers. Dr. Grenga also held administrative positions on campus, serving as director in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and a dean in the Office of Academic Affairs. She now holds the position of professor emeritus in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

In 2001 Dr. Grenga published a book entitled Movies on the Fantail. She edited her brother James Grenga's diary and other sailors' accounts aboard the destroyer USS Barr.


Scope and Content Note

The first box in the Helen Grenga Papers contains materials relating to her academic career. Resumes, applications, and letters of recommendation from students and colleagues document her promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering in 1976. Ephemera on the subject of women in engineering is contained in Box 1, Folder 3. The remainder of the box consists of Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Tech resume books.

Class materials include class notes, tests, and syllabi. The majority of the classes she taught were in metallurgy. The administrative files from the Office of Graduate Studies and Research include phone numbers, meeting times, and memoranda.

Dr. Grenga conducted several projects based on grants from the National Science Foundation. These proposals and reports constitute the third series. A few are pending or incomplete, with notes of explanation from Dr. Grenga.

Dr. Grenga grouped publications and speeches together as part of her own filing system, which has been maintained in series 4. Consequently, the transcripts of speeches she presented at conferences, such as the Metallurgy Society Conference, are interspersed with articles she wrote. Other authors wrote the last three papers, including a student doctoral thesis for which she was the advisor.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged into four series. Materials dealing with Dr. Grenga's academic teaching career, such as classes and correspondence, are grouped into the first series. Administrative files from the Office of Graduate Research are contained in the second series. Projects Dr. Grenga conducted under National Science Foundation grants are contained in the third series. Publications and transcripts of speeches are grouped together in the fourth series by original order.

Series 1. Educator, 1969-1994.

Series 2. Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 1978-1984.

Series 3. Projects, 1964-1982.

Series 4. Publications and Speeches, 1963-1976.


Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Chemical Engineering.
Metallurgy.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite Helen E. Grenga Papers (MS141), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Helen Grenga donated these papers in 1999 (Accession #1999.0502; old number: 99-05-02).

Processing Information

Yen M. Tang processed these papers in 2002.

Revisions to Finding Aid

February 2006:
  • Finding aid converted from Encoded Archival Description Version 1.0 to Version 2002. April 2010: Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    None.

    Restrictions: Use

    Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections


    Other Finding Aids

    A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


    Container List

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    Series 1: Educator, 1969-1994

    Box

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    11Personal Record, 1972-1980
    12Metallurgy Program from School of Chemical Engineering, 1981-1983
    13Women in Engineering, 1975-1993
    14Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Tech Resume Books, 1975-1984
    15Society of Women Engineers at Georgia Tech Resume Books, 1975-1984
    16"Shaping Our Destiny" Conference Monograph, 1983
    17Women's Engineering Board Conference Summary, 1993
    18Class Materials - Metallurgy 301, 3301, and 3325, 1973-1975

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    21Class Materials - Metallurgy 3325, 1973-1979
    22Class Materials - Metallurgy 3325 and 3301 (old), 1976-1983
    23Class Materials - Metallurgy 3325, 1980-1983
    24Class Materials - Metallurgy 3325 and 3301, 1983
    25Class Materials - Metallurgy 325, 1969-1973

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    31Class Materials - Metallurgy 4411, 1976-1982
    32Class Materials - Metallurgy 4411, 1976-1982
    33Class Materials - Metallurgy 6787 and 8100, 1976-1979
    34Class Materials - Metallurgy 3301/Mat. Eng. 3703, 1994
     

    Series 2: Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 1978-1984

    Box

    Fldr

    35Office of Graduate Studies and Research, 1978-1984
     

    Series 3: Projects, 1964-1982

    Box

    Fldr

    36Research Notes, undated
    37Pending NSF Proposals, 1971-1972
    38Incomplete NSF Proposals, 1964

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    41NSF Grants - Research Initiation Grant, 1969-1970
    42NSF Grants - GK-26487, 1970-1971
    43NSF Grants - GK 26487 Amendment 1, 1973
    44NSF Grants - SNG 75-16075, 1976-1980
    45NSF Renewal Proposal: ENG 75-16075, 1976-1978
    46NSF Proposal: Request for Multiple Tech. Surface Analysis Equipment, 1978
    47NASA Project, 1982
     

    Series 4: Publications and Speeches, 1963-1976

    Box

    Fldr

    48Annual Reports, 1968-1984

    Box

    Fldr

    51Metallurgical Society Conference, undated
    52Field Ion Images From Ordered NI4MO, 1968
    53Gas-Metal Interactions, 1968
    54Structure and Topography of Monocrystalline Nickel Thin Films, 1971
    55Hydrogen-Ion Microscopy of Titanium, 1972
    56Active Sites for Heterogeneous Cycle, 1971-1972
    57Field-Ion Microscopy of Ferrous Martensite, 1972
    58Hydrogen-Ion Microscopy Studies, 1972
    59Absorption of Carbon Monoxide Ruthenium, 1972
    510Field-Ion Microscope Investigations, 1972
    511Hydrogen-Ion Image Features of Tempered Martensite, 1973
    512Field-Ion Microscopy of Tempered Martensite, 1974
    513Auger Analysis of Surface Films, 1975
    514Surface Energy Anisotropy of Iridium, 1975
    515Surface Energy Anisotropy of Tungsten, 1976
    516Surface Energy Anisotropy of Iron, 1976

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    61Catalytic Decomposition of Carbon Monoxide, 1977
    62Other Publications and Speeches, 1968-1973
    63Crystallography, undated
    64Electron Microscopy and Diffraction by Pashley and Stowell, 1963
    65Brahmanpalli Ranganathan's Thesis, 1972