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Helen E. Grenga papers on women in engineering

Helen E. Grenga papers on women in engineering

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Title: Helen E. Grenga papers on women in engineering
Identification: MS320
Date: 1965-1989
Size/Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (three 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:This collection consists of Helen E. Grenga's papers relating to the Georgia Tech chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, as well as her materials on women in engineering in general.

Biographical/Historical Note

Helen Eva Grenga obtained a B.A. in Chemistry in 1960 from Shorter College and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1967. She was employed by the Food and Drug Administration prior to her career in academics. She served Georgia Tech for more than twenty-five years, first as the first fully tenured female engineering professor, and later as an able administrator.

Grenga came to Georgia Tech in 1967 as a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry. A year later, she became a professor in metallurgy. In 1981-1982, she served as President of the Society of Women Engineers. She later held administrative positions on campus, serving as Director in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research and Dean in the Office of Academic Affairs. After her retirement, she held the position of Professor Emeritus in the Materials Science and Engineering Department.

In 2001 Dr. Grenga published a book entitled Movies on the Fantail. The book contains an edition of the diary of her brother James, who served as a yeoman aboard the destroyer ship USS Barr in World War II, as well as the accounts of other sailors who served on the Barr.

Helen Grenga died on April 14, 2006.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection contains material on the subject of women in science and engineering. The papers contain a significant amount of material on the chapter of the Society of Women Engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. They also contain published and unpublished papers by Helen E. Grenga and others on the subject of women in engineering; correspondence and memos between Grenga and others on speaking engagements and committee work at Georgia Tech; some material on the national Society of Women Engineers; and news clippings, articles, and conference programs and proceedings.


Arranged into two series:

SERIES 1. Papers on women in engineering

SERIES 2. Society of Women Engineers - Georgia Tech chapter

Index Terms

Georgia Institute of Technology.
Grenga, Helen E., (Helen Eva), 1938-
Society of Women Engineers.
Women engineering students--Georgia--Atlanta.
Women engineers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series Title], Helen E. Grenga Papers on Women in Engineering (MS320), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Provenance unknown (accession number: 2000.091).

Processing Information

Kiet Nguyen and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in May 2007.

Revisions to Finding Aid

March 2010:
  • Finding aid imported into Archivists' Toolkit.

  • Restrictions

    Restrictions: Access

    The audiocassette tape in Series 2 is inaccessible, pending the production of a researcher copy. One folder in Series 2 is restricted because of the inclusion of student grades.

    Restrictions: Use

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

    Separated Material

    One photograph has been separated and processed as VAM320.

    Related Material

    See also the Helen E. Grenga Papers (MS141) and the Helen E. Grenga Photographs (VAM141).

    Other Finding Aids

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

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    SERIES 1: Papers on women in engineering, 1965-1989


    Folders are arranged alphabetically, by folder title.


    This series contains published and unpublished papers, news clippings, articles, and correspondence, most of which relates to the subject of women in engineering.



    11Articles, 1967-1983
    12Center for Women in Engineering (proposal), 1985
    13Committees-Georgia Tech, 1979
    14Conference papers, 1973-1981
    15Conferences, 1974-1983
    16Correspondence, 1968-1975
    17Correspondence, 1976-1981
    18Correspondence, 1982-1989
    19 Engineering Education, 1976-1978



    21Flyers - Georgia Tech events, 1972-1981
    22News clippings, 1973-1982
    23Newsletters, 1972-1983
    24Pamphlets, ca. 1970-ca. 1979
    25Published papers (folder 1 of 2), 1973-1983
    26Published papers (folder 2 of 2), 1973-1983
    27Reports and statistics, 1974-1983
    28Research memoranda, 1965-1967
    29Resumes, undated
    210Title IX Committee, 1980
    211Women faculty at Georgia Tech, undated

    SERIES 2: Society of Women Engineers - Georgia Tech chapter, ca. 1970-1986


    Folders are arranged alphabetically, by folder title.


    This series consists of administrative materials relating to the Society of Women Engineers, especially the Georgia Tech chapter of the Society.



    31Administrative files, ca. 1973-ca. 1987
    32Annual reports, 1975-1986
    33Awards (Student Section) (RESTRICTED), 1980-1986
    34Awards banquet programs, 1981-1988
    35Bylaws (Atlanta Section), July 1976
    36Conference - Ordione presentation (audiocassette), undated
    37Conferences, conference proceedings, 1974-1982
    38Printed matter, ca. 1970- ca. 1979
    39Record of policy and interpretation, 1975-1981
    310Resume book, 1985
    311Resume book, 1987
    312Stationery, templates, undated