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International Student Organization (ISO)

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.13
  • Series
  • 2001 - ?
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Mission Statement: The purpose of the organization shall be: a) To promote international understanding, tolerance, and cooperation among cultures on campus and in the Grinnell community. b) To encourage all students to broaden their horizons and their exposure to international cultures. c) To provide a forum for discussion of current global issues. d) To act as a network group for members during their stay at Grinnell College and elsewhere in the community. Papers span the years of 2001-2004, and will be processed and added to as necessary. Provenance: Transferred to the Grinnell College Archives after 2001.

A Capella Groups

Materials and recordings of a capella groups, including Con Brio, G-Tones, and Noteworthy

Student Academic Projects: Alumni History Project

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-2.1
  • Series
  • 1981-1982
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Professor David Jordan organized and directed the project to gather historical information about the college, with special focus on alumni and the influence of Grinnell College on their lives. Students in Mr Jordan's seminars researched college history and conducted oral interviews with alumni who were within geographical areas interveiwers could reach or who came to alumni reunions. This collection consists of the tapes as well as typed transcripts of these interviews arranged alphabetically by alumni names.

Phi Beta Kappa. Beta of Iowa

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.02
  • Series
  • 1946-1988
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Grinnell College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established on September 12, 1907.  As the second chapter authorized in the state, it is designated as Beta of Iowa.  This collection includes records, office files, correspondence, and other materials documenting the work of the chapter.  The bulk of the collection covers the dates 1946-1988.


  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.06
  • Series
  • 1928-1952
  • Part of RG-S: Students

Provenance: Velma Hiser, May 1982.

Student Publications & Radio Committee (SPARC)

  • US US-IaGG Archives/RG-S-1.08
  • Series
  • 1963-1993
  • Part of RG-S: Students

SPARC oversees student publications and operations of the campus radio station. It serves under the President of the College and is comprised of students, faculty, and ex-officio members functioning in an advisory capacity. The committee is responsible for hiring media staff, budgeting, and oversight of daily media operations. Provenance: Brent Dexter, Chair of SPARC, after consultation with Dean of Students. December 1994.

Cyclone Yearbook

Historical Note: The first Grinnell College yearbook, The Cyclone, was published in 1889. It is named after the cyclone that struck Grinnell on June 17, 1882 killing 39 people, including two college students. As a student wrote in the introduction in the first yearbook explaining the title: "Once before a cyclone struck you, and in a moment all was destruction and sorrow, but out of those ruins of seven years ago our college rose to a new life of usefulness and honor, until to-day we feel that it is stronger for having passed through the storm." Provenance: Donated to the Archives by Tanya Hedges, 1996 yearbook editor, September 1996. Scope and Content Note: The contents include photographs used in the Cyclone Yearbook. Photographs from each yearbook are typically divided into sections: Student Life, Faculty/ Staff, Buildings, Sports, and School-Related Activities. Files are arranged chronologically.

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