Women in Science and Engineering Digital Collection

Women in Science and Engineering Digital Collection


The Archives of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE Archives) documents and preserves the historical heritage of American women in science and engineering. The collection includes the personal and professional papers of women scientists and engineers, except that of the medical sciences, as well as records of national and regional women's organizations in these fields. While the collections include the papers of Iowa State alumni and faculty, its geographical boundaries span the United States and may go beyond to include American women working abroad. The WISE Archives currently contains over 100 collections belonging to women scientists or their organizations. To find more of these collections, search the library catalog or Special Collections.


Curtiss-Wright CadettesCurtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes
Photos, publications, course materials, and ephemera documenting the Curtiss-Wright Engineering Cadettes at ISU during World War II. Finding aid.


WISE Oral HistoriesWISE Oral History
Oral histories of women scientists and engineers. Approximately 55 interviews will be added over time. Transcripts of other interviews are available here. Oral history project background.

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Hortense Butler HeywoodHortense Butler Heywood
Hortense Butler Heywood, was born in Cherokee, Iowa on March 27, 1884. In 1903 she graduated from Lake Forest College with a B.A. in in Entomology and Paleontology. She completed post graduate work at the University of Chicago (1904-1905), Berlin University (1906-1907), and Cornell University (1912-1914). Heywood was the author of numerous articles about Iowa and American events, as well as scientific articles. She co-authored the book Handbook of the Dragonflies of North America, with James G. Needham of Cornell University. She was active in several scientific and community organizations, including the cause of women's suffrage, Sigma Xi, the Farm Bureau, the Red Cross, Civil Defense, the Iowa Federation of Women's Club, and the Webster City Women's Club.

The digital collection (1894-1970, undated) contains biographical information, college papers, course notes, photographs, specimen drawings, correspondence, reports, articles, book reports, scientific correspondence and articles, and glass specimen slides. Items for the digital collection were selected as representative of Heywood’s development as a scientific illustrator and her education in science, her relationships with other scientists (both men and women), her civic engagement, and her contributions to entomology. The complete collection is available at the Iowa State University Library Special Collections and Archives Department, collection MS 194.