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Lois Bey collection, 1950

Identifier: 004.01.04

Items owned by Lois Bey, who earned a chemical engineering degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950. The items include a class ring from Bey's June 9, 1950 graduation, Bey's Tau Beta Pi pin, and a program from IIT's May 8, 1950 Honor's Assembly, at which Bey was presented the "Womens Award" by Tau Beta Pi.


  • Creation: 1950


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Item

Biographical Note

Lois Bey was the first woman to earn a chemical engineering degree at Illinois Institute of Technology, which she earned in 1950.

Biographical / Historical

Louis Bey served on her class jewelry committee and helped pick the vendor and design for their class ring. At the time, however, the vendor did not provide class rings in Illinois Institute of Technology's design for women, so Bey ordered a pin instead. After graduation, she took the pin to a jeweler and had it mounted on a ring.


The class ring was the original accession (2012.004), whereas the Tau Beta Pi pin and the program from the May 8, 1950 Honors Assembly were received as part of accession 2012.012--which latter items were then added to accession 2012.004. Artifact

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2012.004

Related Material

1998.111 Commencement souvenir program


Mindy C. Pugh, Assistant University Archivist, February 22, 2012



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