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Helen E. Grenga Papers on Women in Engineering

Identifier: MS320

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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.


  • 1965-1989


General Physical Description note

(three document cases)

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.


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Scope and Contents

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 They also contain published and unpublished papers by Helen E. Grenga and others on the subject of women in engineering; correspondence and memos between Grenga and others on speaking engagements and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.

Biography of Helen E. (Helen Eva) Grenga, 1938-2006

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.


Arranged into two series:

Missing Title

  1. SERIES 1. Papers on women in engineering
  2. SERIES 2. Society of Women Engineers - Georgia Tech chapter

Other Finding Aids

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


Provenance unknown (accession number: 2000.091).

Related Materials

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

Separated Material

One photograph has been separated and processed as VAM320.

General Physical Description note

(three document cases)

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the Helen E. Grenga Papers on Women in Engineering, 1965-1989
Kiet Nguyen, Christine de Catanzaro
Copyright May 2007.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA